Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:13

The REAKT project was subjected to a parliamentary question to the European Commission, signed by the MP Enrico Gasbarra. He asked how the Commission intends to continue to provide support for the REAKT project, which focuses on integrated earthquake risk prevention and reduction.

You can read the complete parliamentary question and the answer of the European Commission below:
 

Parliamentary questions

30 September 2014

 

Question for written answer
to the Commission 
Rule 130
Enrico Gasbarra (S&D)

 

Subject:  Earthquake prevention

 

Earthquakes are among the most common natural events in Europe. Over the 35-year period between 1976 and 2010, 20% of the world's disastrous earthquakes occurred in Europe, causing 62 000 deaths (7% of earthquake-related deaths around the world) and some EUR 111 000 million worth of damage, in particular in the Mediterranean area.

How exactly does the Commission intend to continue to provide support for the REAKT (Strategies and Tools for Real-Time Earthquake Risk Reduction) project, which was already funded under the seventh research framework programme and which focuses on integrated earthquake risk prevention and reduction?

 

Parliamentary questions

31 October 2014

 

Answer given by Ms Geoghegan-Quinn on behalf of the Commission

The EU has supported research in the field of earthquakes through successive Research Framework Programmes since the late 1980s thereby promoting multi-disciplinary and international collaboration in this area of global concern.

The REAKT(1) project referred to by the Honourable Member addresses forecasting, early warning or real-time risk assessment. Other EU-funded projects address complementary issues. For instance, NERIES(2) and NERA(3)have contributed to establishing an extensive and modern pan-European seismic monitoring network essential for risk reduction. The SYNER-G project(4) has developed methods for systemic vulnerability analyses in the urban environment. And the SHARE project(5) has produced several seismic hazard maps and datasets that will serve as harmonised references for the implementation of European Standards for the design of earthquake-resistant structures.

Efforts are also under way to enhance the take-up and dissemination of research funded by the European Union.

Since earthquakes represent a societal challenge in Europe as well as globally, relevant seismic research will be pursued in Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020, and this in order to help progress towards practical and operational solutions needed to mitigate seismic risks. Information on current funding opportunities can be found through the Research and Innovation Participant Portal(6).

 

(1)

http://www.reaktproject.eu (funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (FP7, 2007-2013).

(2)

http://wwwneries-eu.org

(3)

http://www.nera-eu.org

(4)

http://www.syner-g.eu

(5)

http://www.share-eu.org

(6)

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/index.htm

  

Parliamentary question link:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+WQ+E-2014-007390+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN

 

European Commission answer link:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-007390&language=EN