Von der Leyen pledges EU support on visit to flood-hit region

On a visit to stricken eastern Belgium, European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen on Saturday pledged EU support to help rebuild regions hit by this week’s deadly flooding.

“Europe is with you. We share your grief. We will help you to rebuild,” von der Leyen said as she joined Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo in the hard-hit towns of Rochefort and Pepinster.

Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (L) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (R) stand near a fallen tree during their visit the town of Rochefort following heavy rains and floods on July 17, 2021 | John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

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