Regions get EUR 32m to fight drugs and smoking

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8 October 2004, MADRID – The Spanish government is to pay EUR 32 million to the country's regional governments to help the fight against drugs smuggling and discourage smoking, it was announced Friday.

8 October 2004

MADRID – The Spanish government is to pay EUR 32 million to the country's regional governments to help the fight against drugs smuggling and discourage smoking, it was announced Friday.

Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero led a cabinet meeting which approved budget payments for the regions.

The government will pay the cash to all the regional governments, except the Basque Country and Navarra as they have separate budgets, to fund projects to discourage smoking.

The money will also go to stop drug smuggling and pay for environmental projects.

Other projects which were also given cash included a EUR 20 million scheme for a water purification plant at Lose Alcazares in Murcia, south-east Spain.

The Socialist government opposed the previous government's controversial project to divert the course of one of the country's biggest rivers, the Ebro, to provide water for the driest parts of southern Spain.

The scheme was criticised by environmental groups.

Instead, Zapatero's government wanted to fund water purification plants to convert sea water into drinkable water.

The government has given cash to Valencia to help it stage the Americas Cup yachting international race in 2007.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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