Sanchez announces support for those affected by La Palma volcano

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Pedro Sanchez has announced a new package of measures to support those affected by the La Palma volcano.

Today, December 16, the President of the Government Pedro Sanchez announced a new package of measures to support the reconstruction and recovery of the island of La Palma after the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, while asking to maintain “prudence” in the face of signs that the activity is remitting.

From Brussels, where he participates in the European Council, Sanchez has announced that the Council of Ministers will approve a new package tomorrow to contribute to the recovery and “economic relaunch” of the island with a view to “expanding existing aid and that such aid arrives as soon as possible.”

As indicated in a statement without questions, aid in housing will be doubled from the limit of €30,000 to €60,000, which will be “complementary” to others that are being offered by other administrations as well as insurance companies.

To this will be added “a package of €17.5 million for aid to small and medium-sized companies and also for the relaunch of the tourism sector” on the island, he added.

In addition, seafarers “will not contribute to Social Security while they cannot fish” and the payment of debts will also be extended until May 2, 2022.

Finally, Sanchez indicated, it will increase aid to farmers from €12 million to €30 million “for the promotion of agricultural products” of La Palma.

With this new package, Sanchez has said: “We hope they can soon regain normalcy.”

While this is happening, he has encouraged to maintain “prudence” now that “the volcano begins to register minimum levels of activity close to inactivity” and wait to see what scientists say about it.

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