VICE President of the European Commission (EC) Frans Timmermans, has committed himself to speeding up the arrival of European aid to the Vega Baja.
Speaking on a fact-finding mission to Orihuela, the Dutchman said he would also help the central government and the Valencian government achieve “a more sustainable management of water”.
He met Ximo Puig, the president of Alicante Provincial Council, Carlos Mazón and mayors and councillors of the Vega Baja, in Orihuela Town Hall.
Timmermans said he was very surprised with the consequences of the storm in the Vega Baja and, in this sense, has said that “this region is suffering the clearest challenges presented by climate change in Europe”
He added: “You go from a situation in which you have no water at all to one in which you drown with so much water.”
For Timmermans, it is a paradox that “this water that drowns you ends up going to sea and does not help solve the problem of drought.”
Timmermans then said: “Try to see how Europe can help for a more sustainable management of water. Imagine, for example, that this management is implemented and all the water that arrives in such enormous quantities can be channelled and even reserved for use.”
After seeing the effects of the floods for himself, Timmermans commended the work of the emergency services and their heroism.
He promised that he will do “everything he can” to speed up aid to help solve the problems and ensure that the consequences are solved as soon as possible.