The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has decided to grant emergency aid to Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community to repair the effects that the Gloria storm left in Costa Blanca and those areas. However, he has left out of these grants to the Region of Murcia, although the president witnessed the damage in the area from a helicopter.
The members of the Government of Murcia were stunned by this decision. The Minister of the Presidency and Finance of Murcia, Javier Celdrán, says that the regional government will present a formal protest “for a discriminatory and unjustified decision.” In addition, Cedrán mentions that “the Sanchez’s helicopter flight has cost more money than what we have received for repairs.”
The delegate of the Government in Murcia, José Vélez, said in Onda Cero that Murcia has been left out of the aid granted by the government of Spain to alleviate the damage caused by the storm Gloria because “the damage has occurred in private beaches that have not they have been transferred and would imply breaking the law.”
However, sources from the regional government of Murcia disqualified Vélez’s argument by ensuring that there are no private beaches in Murcia. “The Water Law, in its articles 1 to 6, establishes that the territorial sea, inland waters, islands, lagoons, beaches and, in general, the entire Spanish coast, form the land maritime public domain, owned exclusively by the state. Therefore, all the beaches of Murcia and Spain, are public by legal prescription, with no possibility of private ownership of them,” they assure.
The resolution of the Ministry directed by Teresa Ribera declares the emergency for damages in these three communities and allocates a total of 19.5 million euros for them. Of these, 4.4 million will go to the Balearic Islands, 5.75 million to Catalonia and 8.1 million to the Valencian Community.