By John Smith • 15 December 2017 • 11:08
Fire in the hills of Leon Spain
IN October of this year, the European Union was chosen to receive €50,000 and the Princess of Asturias Award in the Concord category.
Previous award winners have been charities and religious orders around the world.
Yesterday (Thursday December 14) prior to a European Council dinner with Theresa May to discuss Brexit, the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani announced that they would donate this money to Spain and Portugal.
The idea being that this was a gesture to recognise the suffering that residents in both countries had experienced following the outbreak of catastrophic forest fires in both countries.
The leaders of both countries, Mariano Rajoy and Antonio Costa expressed their pleasure at this simple gesture which showed the strength and unity of the EU
Spain will present the funds to the General Directorate of Civil Protection and Emergencies whilst Portugal will manage them through the Revita Foundation.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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