Question for written answer to the European Commission on the activation of emergency aid for regions and businesses affected by coronavirus in Europe

The number of cases of coronavirus in Europe is increasing every day, and Member States are taking various measures to prevent and limit the spread of the disease.

But the effects of some precautionary measures, such as the cancellation of the Venice Carnival and the Patras Carnival, are devastating for some areas and for some sectors of the economy, such as the catering, leisure and hotel industries, since the events in question are vital economic activities for the host regions.

The economic damage inflicted is as unpredictable and catastrophic as that caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and fires.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

1. How could the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for natural disasters be activated in this case?

2. What measures can be taken to compensate businesses in the affected areas, in accordance with Regulation 651/2014 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market, pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the Lisbon Treaty?

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