Von der Leyen Promised Flood-Hit Slovenia EU400 mln in Disaster Help

After devastating floods in Slovenia killed at least six people and damaged tens of thousands of households, the EU urgently mobilized aid through the Civil Protection Mechanism and will make available at least EU 400 million to the country, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised on Wednesday.

At the joint press conference with Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob following their visit to a flood-hit area, Von der Leyen said that the EU has a good package of immediate, medium-term and long-term support for Slovenia.

She also stressed that 3.3 billion euros in other EU funds are already allocated to Slovenia for immediate support after the floods whereas the country can also seek help from the Next Generation EU fund, which has made 2.7 billion euros available.

Meanwhile, the army, firefighters, and rescuers are trying to free citizens from their homes and clear streets after thousands of people have been evacuated in northwest and central Slovenia.

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