The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced this Sunday that the Council of Ministers will approve next Tuesday a package of measures to address the emergency caused by the volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma and its reconstruction, with an investment of 206 million of euros.
After attending the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Attention to Emergencies due to Volcanic Risk, at the headquarters of the Island Council of La Palma, Sánchez said that it is a “very powerful” package of measures that will include initiatives related to the infrastructure, employment, tourism, tax benefits and agriculture.
He explained that this is the second phase of the La Palma Special Reconstruction Plan that is added to the measures approved last Tuesday by the Council of Ministers with an endowment of 10 million euros.
Sánchez, who appeared before the media together with the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, and that of the Cabildo de La Palma, Mariano Hernández, before going to the hotel where some displaced people are staying, said that “we are facing a test resistance because we do not know when the eruption will end, “so he insisted that” we must not lower our guard, “according to Servimedia .
He transmitted security and calm to the population despite the difficult times the island is going through and assured that the reconstruction task must be based on “the value of unity and strength in the response to rebuilding the State.”
In this sense, he highlighted “the solidarity of the Spanish people” with the inhabitants of the island of La Palma and “the lesson of courage and civility” that they are giving with their “commitment and exemplary conduct”.
The President of the Government also transferred all the people who want to travel and visit this Canarian island that “is a safe place”, aware of the impact that the volcanic eruption may have on tourism.
The second phase of the reconstruction plan that will be approved next Tuesday through a royal decree is added to the measures that were approved in the last Council of Ministers that included the exceptional declaration of an area affected by a civil protection emergency on the island from La Palma.
The exceptional declaration was accompanied by a series of measures in the field of housing, basic necessities, maintenance and supply of irrigation systems, restoration of mobility and transport of people and goods, businesses and companies affected. Likewise, this line of aid will include a specific regulation of ERTE on the island to protect the employment of those who have been affected by the volcanic emergency.