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25/08/2016

High floods – lasting economic impact?

Topic: floods


Deaths reported as flash floods hit France, Germany and Austria

At least four people have been killed in flash floods caused by heavy rain lashing France, Germany and Austria.
Energy 26-08-2014

Energy Community reform: What will the EU push for?

Ahead of the ministerial meeting in the Western Balkans on the EU energy reform, Dragana Mileusnic calls for the adoption and the implementation of the new energy rules as soon as possible. A clear and speedy EU message will benefit not only the people but it will also ensure security of energy supply in the whole region.
Enlargement 24-06-2014

EU to host donor conference for flood-stricken Balkans

The European Commission will host a donors' conference in Brussels on 16 July, in order to mobilise further support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina following the recent floods there, the EU executive announced.
Enlargement 23-05-2014

Waters recede in Western Balkans, but danger remains

The situation in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia is slowly stabilizing after last week’s devastating floods, though some areas are not completely out of the woods yet, and warm weather has brought with it the risk of infectious disease. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Global Europe 20-05-2014

EU committed to helping flooded Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Union is providing urgent assistance to Serbia and to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the two Western Balkan countries being hit by the worst floods in the last 120 years. In addition, Serbia, in its capacity as an EU candidate country, qualifies for financial assistance, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said.
Development Policy 12-02-2014

Daily Mail and UKIP slammed for ‘disgraceful’ attack on overseas aid

A campaign by the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the Daily Mail newspaper to divert Britain’s overseas aid budget into domestic flood relief has been condemned as “disgraceful” by Lord Deben, the former Conservative environment minister known as John Gummer.

EU body predicts more extreme weather as floods devastate central Europe

The European Environment Agency today (5 June) predicted a rise in extreme weather events due to climate change as floods caused deaths and widespread property damage in Central Europe.
Development Policy 25-01-2013

Bangladesh's once-welcome floods are now harbingers of disaster

One hundred million people in Bangladesh live and die by the great Brahmaputra river. For them each day is a struggle, writes the Guardian, content partner of EurActiv’s Development Policy section.
UK & Europe 04-01-2013

Scientists link global warming to England’s rainiest year on record

Senior climate scientists are linking global warming to the UK Met Office's announcement yesterday (3 January) that 2012 was England’s rainiest year since records began. 
Regional Policy 16-02-2012

Historically cold winter exposes poor infrastructure

Arctic temperatures and heavy snowfall that have claimed hundreds of lives around Central and Eastern Europe have also exposed the severe stress placed on often dilapidated infrastructure in hard-hit Romania and in neighbouring Bulgaria.

Flood studies bring climate change lawsuits a step closer

A leading climate professor says that new evidence which further reinforces the connection between global warming and extreme rainfall is "extremely important" in setting out a methodology which could one day be used to sue energy companies for climate damage.

Commission under budget 'pressure' as natural disasters spike

A dramatic increase in the number of natural disasters last year has sparked calls for more funding, cooperation and cost-efficiency from European Commission services.

Nordic countries least vulnerable to climate change

Norway and Finland are the countries that will be least affected by climate change, while Bangladesh and India are most at risk, according to an index released yesterday (20 October).
Development Policy 25-08-2010

Taking August seriously

The holiday season should still bring about some serious policy thinking, writes University of Oxford Chancellor Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs.

Our summer of extremes

Recent spates of extreme weather should be attributed to climate change, according to Stefan Rahmstorf, Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and Department Head for Climate Impact Research at the Potsdam Institute.
Global Europe 17-08-2010

Commission heeds Sarkozy’s request for EU crisis response force

Kristalina Georgieva, the EU commissioner responsible for humanitarian aid and crisis response, will soon present a political proposal to reinforce the EU's capacity to respond to crises, the European Commission said yesterday (16 August). The announcement appears to represent a response to recent calls from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, inspired by the unprecedented floods in Pakistan.

Who's afraid of climate change?

Warnings about the effects of climate change often amount to mere scaremongering, writes author Bjørn Lomborg, head of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre and adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School.

EU countries send assistance to flood-hit Romania

A Belgian convoy departed on Sunday (4 July) to bring pumps, power generators, water purification units and other material to Romania, which requested EU help after the north-eastern part of the country was hit by severe floods, causing 25 deaths.

New Floods Directive adopted

Parliament and Council reached an agreement on Wednesday 25 April on the proposal for a directive on the assessment and management of flood risks, as adaptation to the consequences of climate change becomes the subject of increased EU focus.

Ministers pledge to protect Danube/Black Sea region waters

Environment ministers from the 16 countries sharing the Danube river basin and Black Sea region have adopted a declaration to increase environmental co-operation in the area.
Sustainable Dev. 14-11-2003

WWF report: EU's water policy is failing

Overconsumption, pollution and a general lack of political will to manage finite water resources demonstrate a failing EU water policy, according to a very critical report by WWF.
Enlargement 02-10-2002

Floods: economic and budgetary implications

Floods: economic and budgetary implications The floods, which devastated the Czech Republic last August, had an impact on all sectors of the economy. The estimated damage could reach Kc100bn, i.e. 4% of the GDP, according to government's estimates. The consequences of the floods will weigh on the activity of the third quarter 2002. The generated disruptions are …

Sustainable Dev. 27-09-2002

Prevent floods by better water policy, says WWF

The WWF called on the EU and national governments to improve land-use to reduce the risks of future flooding.
Euro & Finance 06-09-2002

High floods - lasting economic impact?

High floods - lasting economic impact?The devastating floods caused significant damage (estimated at EUR 10 billion) in eastern Germany and a delay of tax cuts. However, the macroeconomic impact on German GDP growth, inflation and budget deficits is likely to be limited. The most devastating floods in German and European history hit eastern Germany in mid-August. …