#RescEU assets mobilized to help #Greece fight devastating forest fires

| August 15, 2019

Following the request for assistance from Greece, rescEU assets have been mobilized to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece. As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilize three forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spainto be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions.

Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides said: “The EU stands in full solidarity with Greece at this difficult time. The planes are already in action, fighting the fires. This immediate response proves the added value of rescEU which makes our response more robust, quick and efficient. Moreover, this is a real example of the common European values on which rescEU is based: solidarity and protection of lives of our European citizens. I am thankful to Italy and Spain for their offers of assistance. We stand ready to provide further assistance.”

Yesterday, the commissioner was in Athens where he met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and visited the Crisis Centre of the Greek Civil Protection to be briefed along with the Minister for the Protection of Citizens Michalis Chrysochoidis and oversee the operation of the rescEU assets. The European satellite mapping system Copernicus is helping to provide damage assessment maps of the affected areas. Read the full press release here

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