Although Kristalina Georgieva, the E.U. commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, tweeted a pledge of E.U. assistance in the early days of the flooding, a report in Der Spiegel provided a far less sanguine outlook about the prospect that the European Union would provide financial aid for the cleanup. On June 5, European Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski told journalists in Brussels that the promises may have been premature. The bloc's Solidarity Fund, he said, is empty.
The report quoted Lewandowski as saying: "The scale of the catastrophe is absolutely beyond the reimbursement [possible] in these countries. We are without resources, for sure, for the European Solidarity Fund. In 2013 it is not possible."
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