Within a letter, she stated the Commision may not be able to pay out flood aid to Germany, amid concerns there are no reserves left to provide. The European Commission’s funds for aid after natural disasters has likely been almost completely used up this year, hence the unlikely payout.
The EU Commission had promised Germany aid after a devastating flood in July affected the region.
Storms with unusually heavy rainfall were to blame for the flood disasters during the summer, which saw areas being devastated by the effects of colossal amounts of water.
One area that was particularly affected by the circumstances was the Ahr Valley, which saw at least 134 people killed as a result.
However, according to a letter from the Commission President to the Green MEP Rasmus Andresen, it seems unlikely that the promised financial aid will be delivered.
It suggests that it may not be possible to pay out the financial help – said to be worth millions – in a timely manner, as reserves have been allocated elsewhere.
Ms Von Der Leyen addresses that the EU Commission has already allocated almost all of the available funds to aid projects after other natural disasters in the past 12 months.
It states that almost all of the funds available in 2021 have already been allocated to provide aid following the consequences of other natural disasters.
According to the letter, the Commission chief promised to examine all possibilities and other avenues in order to help the countries affected by the flood.
Rasmus Andresen, budget spokesman for the Greens/EFA said in response to the oversight: “It is an indefensible situation that the people and the regions affected by the summer floods cannot expect financial aid from the European Union. The EU must be set up financially in such a way that it can provide sufficient and unbureaucratic help in the event of disasters and crises.