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The EC unlocks 45 million to mitigate the effects of fires in Portugal

The European Commission (EC) announced today that it will release 45 million euros from regional cohesion funds, at the request of Portugal, to address the effects of recent Forest fires and revitalize the economic activity of the region.

The European Commission (EC) announced today that it will release 45 million euros from regional cohesion funds, at the request of Portugal, to address the Effects of the country's recent forest fires and revitalize the region's economic activity.

The dual objective of this economic aid, which modifies the cohesion program But will not affect the overall budget, will alleviate the consequences of the natural disaster and help revitalize the economic activity of the affected region, said the community executive In a statement.

European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu said that these funds will help the Central Region of Portugal to "return to normal" and allow Citizens "to turn a page in this painful chapter."

"The European Union (EU) is ready to step up when its citizens most need it. Solidarity with the Portuguese as fires continue to devastate the country, "he added.

Cretu also expressed its" deep gratitude "to those who, in Portugal and elsewhere Europe, "fight relentlessly against the flames."

Up to 25 million euros can be used to restore the production capacity of small local Equipment and machinery have been destroyed during the fires.

The remaining 20 million will be invested in public services and the restoration of essential infrastructure, Such as the repair of municipal roads, water distribution systems or the replacement of municipal transport vehicles.

After the fires, authorities Portuguese authorities requested a modification of the cohesion policy program and the EC undertook to address the request "as quickly as possible".

Since 12 August Portugal requested a second aid to the EU to deal with the extinction of the fires that have devastated the country in June and August, more than 160 firefighters, 27 vehicles and Four aircraft were deployed on the ground and still operate in the affected areas with the support of Spain.

High temperatures and strong winds, added to the drought in large Part of the country, caused up to 268 fires in Portugal to be counted on 12 August.

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