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EC releases Italy quake aid

670 mln euros for Emilia-Romagna

EC releases Italy quake aid

Rome, December 11 - The European Commission on Tuesday gave the green light to 670 million euros in aid for Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, hit by two devastating earthquakes earlier this year. The aid, approved at a European Council meeting last month, had been controversially held up for two days by five countries earlier in November. Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Britain blocked the reconstruction aid earmarked by the EU's solidarity fund on November 9 and 10. The May 20 and May 29 quakes, which hit Emilia more than Romagna, killed 27 people, destroyed and damaged many historic buildings and artworks and left the region's economy on its knees. The package will also help parts of two other regions less severely affected, Veneto and Lombardy.

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