MEPs visit to pave the way for fire prevention funding

fireBombeirosSmallSix MEPs from the European People’s Party, all members of the Environment Committee are to go to Pedrógão Grande and surrounding areas to gather data on the influence and penalties of final summer time’s fires.

By trying on the progress to this point of the reconstruction of properties, the replanting of devastated areas and the assistance given to locals, the MEPs are eager that Portugal accesses the European Fund for Strategic Investments to spice up hearth prevention actions.

The go to deliberate for the 25th and 26th of January, will cowl countryside areas worn out by the October 15th fires within the Central area and the June 17th hearth at Pedrógão Grande by which 65 folks died.

The politicians additionally will meet specialists from the Independent Technical Commission that was created to analyse occasions in Pedrógão Grande earlier than, throughout and after the fireplace. They additionally will meet representatives of sufferer help associations, forest hearth analysts and native farmers’ associations.

MEP, José Inácio Faria, stated that “these fires have shown the urgency of strengthening civil protection mechanisms at the EU level.”

Faria additionally hopes that “the Portuguese authorities and people in cost will be capable of take full benefit of the European Fund for Strategic Investments,” by taking obligatory measures corresponding to expropriating land to create the infrastructure, and even imposing the diversification of tree species the place it’s advisable.

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