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Council conclusions on Integrated Flood Management within the European Union

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3085th JUSTICE and HOME AFFAIRS Council meeting Brussels, 12 May 2011

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

  1. Recognising the significant frequency and intensity over the last few years in the European Union of flood events causing loss of human lives and property and damage to social and economic infrastructure, which have resulted in several activations of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism; acknowledging that prevention plays a role in adaptation to climate change;

  2. Considering that the enhancement of disaster prevention and preparedness, the reinforcement of the Union's disaster response capacity, and coherence and coordination between different policy areas and institutions at local, regional, national and EU level continue to be important objectives for the Union;

  3. Having regard to the measures taken by Council Regulation (EC) No 1084/2006 of 11 July 2006 establishing a Cohesion Fund, Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 of 11 November 2002 establishing the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), Council Regulation (EC) No 1698/2005 of 20 September 2005 on support for rural development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and Regulation (EC) No 1080/2006 of 5 July 2006 on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF);

  4. Having regard to Council Decision 2007/162/EC, Euratom of 5 March 2007 establishing a Civil Protection Financial Instrument, which lays down rules for the provision of financial assistance for measures to prevent or reduce the effects of an emergency;