Brussels turns down forest fire aid plea for Galicia
20 February 2007, BRUSSELS - The European Commission turned down Spain's bid for cash aid for Galicia on Tuesday which was badly ravaged by forest fires last year.
20 February 2007
BRUSSELS - The European Commission turned down Spain's bid for cash aid for Galicia on Tuesday which was badly ravaged by forest fires last year.
Brussels said the amount of damage caused by the fires in the summer of last year year was not bad enough to warrant aid.
Spain had asked for EUR 91 million was far below the usual minimum damages sought for EC regional aid, which is EUR3bn.
Ana-Paula Laissy, spokesman for EC regional aid, said Galicia's fires were not considered a "regional catastrophe".
Usually this means a region's population and economy suffers damages which will last for some time.
Laissy said: "We have examined it closely but unfortunately, it does not reach the required standards."
One reason why Spain's bid was turned down was some of the fires were started on purpose by arsonists and it they were not natural catastrophes.
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Subject: Spanish news