Government expenditure on forest fire protection services in the European Union, in 2020, represented 0.5% of total expenditure, or 32.9 billion euros. This is an increase of 6.4% compared to 2019, when expenses were around €30.9 billion. Looking at member states, Portugal is among the countries in the bloc that spent the least on fire protection that year.
According to data released by Eurostat, the Portuguese percentage is in line with that of Belgium, Malta, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia. Denmark and Iceland were the Member States that spent the least, around 0.1% and 0.2%, respectively. Romania was the country in the bloc that invested the most in fire protection in 2020 at around 0.8%.