MIL OSI-C. Mediterranean Region: Portugal
Deputy Minister of Economy Pedro Siza Vieira said that the Government will soon approve a decree “to speed up and speed up public procurement procedures to accelerate the recovery process” in the Azores after the passing of Hurricane Lorenzo .
In Lisbon, following a meeting with Prime Minister António Costa, Planning Minister Nelson de Souza and Azores Government President Vasco Cordeiro, Pedro Siza Vieira reiterated the objective of speeding up procedures to recover the destroyed infrastructure.
The Minister stated that from the preliminary damage assessment valued at 330 million euros, “the principle of solidarity contained in the Regional Finance Law will be implemented, which means that from this amount the Government of the Republic will assume about 85%, at the same time. around 270/280 million euro ‘.
In addition to this reimbursement and the regional government contribution of € 50 million, the European Union Solidarity Fund, which will cover only 2.5% of the identified damage, will be triggered, corresponding to € 8 million.
Siza Vieira stressed that the Government will “start streamlining these issues so that more urgent expenses can start to be incurred without disrupting the financial programming of the Region”, equating “from now on some advance to meet the initial expenses that may emerge with more emergency character ».
The passage of Hurricane Lorenzo through the Azores at dawn and on the morning of October 2, caused more than 250 occurrences and forced the resettlement of 53 people, causing damages of about 330 million euros.
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