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Dutch Cabinet increases funding for Groningen earthquake victims after chaos

Dutch Cabinet increases funding for Groningen earthquake victims after chaos

January 15, 2022

The cabinet has agreed to allocate an extra €250m to improve homes in parts of Groningen affected by earthquakes after the initial €220m fund ran dry on the first day following a flood of applications.

Long queues formed in towns and villages in the northern province on Monday at council offices where people could claim up to €10,000 per household for renovations.

Hans Vijlbrief, the junior minister charged with sorting out the Groningen gas problems, told MPs on Friday that the new allocation of cash will allow everyone entitled to the grant to make a claim.

‘I really regret the way things have gone and said on Monday that I would do my best to solve it,’ Vijlbrief said.

The money is intended to help people in the northern province improve their homes, many of which have been damaged by earth movements caused by 50 years of gas extraction in the Slochteren gas field.

Production is being wound down in the northern province, but last week residents were hit with a fresh blow when the government said it needed to extract 7.6 billion cubic metres in 2022, twice as much as expected.


Much of extra gas will be exported to Germany, where around five million homes are connected to the Groningen gas grid, after measures to improve energy efficiency across the border fell short of expectations.

Groningen’s provincial assembly has urged the government to reverse a decision to double the amount of gas produced in 2022.


Cabinet: Another €250 million available for Groningen earthquake damages subsidy

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022 – 07:45

The Cabinet is allocating an extra 250 million euros for a subsidy scheme in which Groningen residents can receive 10,000 euros to help pay for home improvements, or to make their homes more sustainable.

Earthquakes caused by gas extraction have plagued Groningen for decades. Thousands of homes are slated to be upgraded because they do not meet safety standards, but in many cases this actually leads to demolition of the home followed by new construction. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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