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Statement by Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, on the occasion of his visit to Serbia

European Commission - STATEMENT/14/169   24/05/2014

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European Commission

Statement

Brussels, 24 May 2014

Statement by Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, on the occasion of his visit to Serbia

On the occasion of his visit to Serbia, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn stated:

"I have visited the most affected town Obrenovac which shows the magnitude of the flood disaster - and the human suffering of the people affected. I express, on behalf of the European Commission and the whole European family, my deepest sympathy and solidarity. But solidarity is not just a word. That's why the European Commission is working with all it's relevant services on a coordinated approach to assist Serbia in these heavy times. After the first aid measures via the European Civil Protection Mechanism we can offer support via the European Solidarity Fund. In this respect Serbia is treated like a Member State. My services are in contact with the Serbian experts to ensure a sound damage assessment and a quick submission of application.

At the same time we are working on mid- and long term measures to enable a comprehensive and sustainable reconstruction".

Contacts :

Shirin Wheeler (+32 2 296 65 65)

Annemarie Huber (+32 2 299 33 10)

For the public: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 or by e­mail


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