CDS questions drought measures

CDS questions drought measures

Nuno Melo questioned the European Commission is considering presenting extraordinary measures to help the countries most affected by the drought.

“Knowing that a return to a more normal climate may not be enough to fully recover the water deficit accumulated in more than half a year, is the EC considering presenting extraordinary measures to help the countries that are expected to be most affected?”, asked the centrist MEP .

Nuno Melo recalls the report published by the Joint Research Center of the EU, in which almost half of the EU remains in drought conditions, with a forecast of maintaining dry weather conditions until November. “The Iberian Peninsula will be one of the areas that will suffer the most from severe drought conditions. This will mean an increase in the scarcity of crops and energy supply at a time when the EU is going through a period of significant supply cut”.

He recalls that, in relation to Portugal, “as the report now published admits, around 25% of water reservoirs are in significant deficit and may not meet irrigation needs”, noting that the impact of forest fires has been particularly serious. in Portugal, as the aforementioned report notes.

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