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Political strategies to face the consequences of natural disasters

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 15392 | 04 October 2021

Mr Antonio GUTIÉRREZ LIMONES, Spain, SOC ; Mr Pedro BACELAR DE VASCONCELOS, Portugal, SOC ; Mr Viorel-Riceard BADEA, Romania, EPP/CD ; Ms Mònica BONELL, Andorra, ALDE ; Mr Iulian BULAI, Romania, ALDE ; Ms María Luisa BUSTINDUY, Spain, SOC ; Ms Laura CASTEL, Spain, UEL ; Mr Pedro CEGONHO, Portugal, SOC ; Mr Titus CORLĂŢEAN, Romania, SOC ; Mr Corneliu-Mugurel COZMANCIUC, Romania, EPP/CD ; Ms Edite ESTRELA, Portugal, SOC ; Ms María FERNÁNDEZ, Spain, SOC ; Mr Pierre-Alain FRIDEZ, Switzerland, SOC ; Mr Gerardo GIOVAGNOLI, San Marino, SOC ; Mr Antón GÓMEZ-REINO, Spain, UEL ; Mr Carlos Alberto GONÇALVES, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Ms Marta GRANDE, Italy, NR ; Mr Domagoj HAJDUKOVIĆ, Croatia, SOC ; Mr Luís LEITE RAMOS, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Mr Pere LÓPEZ, Andorra, SOC ; Ms Eva LÓPEZ, Andorra, ALDE ; Ms Isabel MEIRELLES, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Ms Dumitrina MITREA, Romania, EC/DA ; Ms Marica MONTEMAGGI, San Marino, SOC ; Ms Ria OOMEN-RUIJTEN, Netherlands, EPP/CD ; Ms Esther PEÑA, Spain, SOC ; Mr Paulo PISCO, Portugal, SOC ; Mr Gonzalo ROBLES, Spain, EPP/CD ; Ms Selin SAYEK BÖKE, Turkey, SOC ; Ms Elena-Simona SPĂTARU, Romania, ALDE ; Ms Susana SUMELZO, Spain, SOC

In recent years our planet is being beset by climate change and natural disasters. Europe, and at large the world, are deploying increasing efforts to fight this. Prevention and mitigation strategies are more elaborate, and all States’ agendas include efforts to attain Sustainable Development Goal number 13. Despite all this, disasters continue: floods in Germany, earthquakes in Italy and Greece, the recent eruption of the volcano in La Palma have left images that have circulated around and moved the whole world.

However, despite all this, there is seldom a follow-up to how the governments have faced the consequences of natural disasters: material or human losses, resources, and how those affected have survived, feeling, in some cases, abandoned by institutions.

Therefore, we deem it necessary to study, from a comparative and European perspective, the responses provided by States to the natural disasters they have suffered and whether these have continued over time and, ultimately, how affected persons have continued with their lives. To that end, the aim is to draft a set of general guidelines, assessing the efficiency of these responses, to be used as a guide and to be implemented by all States.