On March 13, 2015, the European Union granted €60.2 million from its Solidarity Fund (EUSF) to help Serbia as the most severely flood-affected country in the region.
The aid was earmarked for covering and/or reimbursing extraordinary expenses for public works, primarily to restore critical infrastructure, repair the direct damage and address the pressing needs in the aftermath of the floods, as well as the expenses of rescue operations and the clean-up of the affected areas.
The funds could also be used retroactively, i.e. for already launched recovery and reconstruction projects, as well as for reimbursement of already incurred expenses. Projects funded from the EUSF grant have been implemented in 72 local self-governments (LSG). As of October 15, 2016, a total of €60,224,605 has been received from the EUSF.
The aid received from the Solidarity Fund was used to finance:
1. Construction of 73 completely new bridges in 28 LSGs;
2. Implementation of projects aimed at reconstruction and improvement of local infrastructure, namely:
- 13 reconstruction and improvement projects for sewage and water supply systems in 12 LSGs,
- Rehabilitation of 29 landslides in 14 LSGs,
- 14 projects of local watercourse regulation in ten LSGs,
- 8 projects of reconstructing local roads
3. Implementation of 59 projects to reconstruct public facilities in healthcare and education sectors in 23 LSGs;
4. Construction and improvement of flood-prevention infrastructure by building and reconstructing 202 structures managed by public water management companies (PWMC) Srbijavode and Beogradvode.
Detailed information about all projects financed from the Solidarity Fund Relief - The Publication on Solidarity Fund Relief