22 January 2014

Public hearing: Reform of the European Union Solidarity Fund

IIASA researcher Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler will speak at a public hearing of the European Union about the European Solidarity Fund, a disaster funding mechanism of the EU.

Flood in Linz 2013

Flood in Linz 2013

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) is an important tool intended to respond in a rapid, efficient, and flexible manner to a major natural disaster, such as the 2013 European floods. The Solidarity Fund  - not only by its name but also by its intention –promotes solidarity with highly exposed countries unable to cope with disaster impacts.

The European Parliament is considering a legislative proposal for a draft regulation amending the EUSF. New rules for this fund and for its implementation thereof will be established. 

The public hearing is intended to help the committee find out what procedures in the existing regulation really work, and which rules need further improvement. Do the reparation means arrive quickly and without too many bureaucratic burdens? Is there a need to simplify the rules? What other changes might be necessary or beneficial to lessen the impacts of future disasters?

IIASA Risk, Policy, and Vulnerability Program researchers, Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer and Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler, in collaboration with Reinhad Mechler, have examined the solidarity, robustness and efficiency of the EUSF.  Based on this research, Stefan Hochrainer will provide expert testimony at the hearing.

Presentation Details

22 January 2014
15:10 - 15:20

Reforming the European Union Solidarity Fund: Improving its solidarity, robustness and efficiency from a Risk-Based Perspective
Senior Research Scholar, Risk, Policy and Vulnerability
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Expert testimony from Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler and Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer (PDF)

More information: European Parliament Public Hearings

Print this page

Last edited: 18 February 2015


Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler

Senior Research Scholar

Risk and Resilience

T +43(0) 2236 807 517

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313