EU must help fund Balkan flood relief effort, European Parliament President Schulz says

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The collective solidarity that inspired cross-border rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of the May 2014 floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia must be matched by EU aid and funding, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said on July 14 at the opening of the EP’s July II session.

Many lives were lost in the floods, which forced the evacuation of 150 000 people in Croatia and washed away an entire quarter of the Bulgarian city of Varna. Agriculture and the regional economy would take many years to recover, Schulz said.

Unstinting cross-border flood relief efforts by Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia, in a region haunted by bitter conflict among them in recent decades, must be matched by EU aid and funding, he insisted, noting that these efforts were complicated by leftover landmines.

(Photo: EC/ECHO/EEAS/EU Delegation BiH)

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