CYPRUS received more than €7m in aid from the EU to restore areas damaged by extended droughts and last year’s fires in Solea and Argaka.
The aid came from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) which also gave funds to assist in repairing damage caused by natural disasters in the UK, Cyprus, Portugal, Greece, Italy and Germany.
According to a report released on Monday on the activities of the EUSF in 2016, Cyprus last year received around €7.3m in aid for repairing damage caused from fires and droughts.
During discussion of the approval of the budget at the European Parliament, MEPs heard that from October 2015 to June 2016, Cyprus suffered from very low precipitation, combined with extremely high temperatures, leading to severe drought with serious crop failure, forest and vegetation fires and scarcity of water. The aid money is also for damage caused from two major wildfires in June 2016 that burnt an area of over 2,600 hectares of state forest.
In 2016, the European Commission received six applications for a financial contribution from the EUSF, namely Greece (earthquake of Lefkada), the United Kingdom (floods), Germany (floods in Lower Bavaria), Cyprus (droughts and fires), Portugal (Madeira fires) and Italy (earthquakes).