European Union dedicates Princess of Asturias Award to Portugal and Spain

Fire in the hills of Leon Spain Fire in the hills of Leon Spain jjmillan Shutterstock

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.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
0 Characters
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Poll of the Week

Have you taken up the Dry January challenge?

New online edition graphic

Create World News Alert

Do you want to be the first to receive our latest news from World News? Subscribe here.

Trending Now

Latest Tweets

Mallorca flight turns around due to depressurisation risk #EuropeanNews #EuroWeekly
Missing Amy Fitzpatrick’s stepfather and killer of her brother has cancer #EuropeanNews…
Channel 5's Bargain-Loving Brits in the Sun hits Costa Blanca this week #EuropeanNews…
Follow Euro Weekly News on Twitter

Post Gallery

Legendary Costa del Sol entertainer Bunny Lane dies

SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS: Spain set to be lashed by Storm Bruno

Flu epidemic declared in Spain

‘Significant’ earthquake registered in southern Spain

WATCH: Panto dame sends video message to pals in Spain

Ultralight plane and helicopter collide in Spain

Bunny Lane funeral will 'celebrate the life' of the international cabaret star

British girl plunges to her death from Costa del Sol hotel balcony in Spain

IN PICTURES: Spain’s Costa del 'Snow'