Commissioner Stylianides welcomes Greek contribution to rescEU and addresses ELIAMEP Foundation

| September 12, 2019

Today (12 September), Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides (pictured) is visiting Athens to welcome Greece’s contribution to the rescEU initial transition fleet during a special visit at the Elefsina air base together with Mr Michalis Chrisochoidis, Minister of Citizens’ Protection of Greece to mark an even closer cooperation in fighting forest fires in Europe and discuss the next steps for rescEU. He will also visit the Civil Protection Operations Centre (GSCP).

Under the new rescEU programme Greece has put two firefighting airplanes at the disposal of the rescEU initial firefighting fleet which serves as an extra layer of citizen protection by the European Union. rescEU transition fleet has already been mobilized to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece in August this year for the first time in history. Commissioner Stylianides will also visit ‘Elpida’, the first oncological hospital for children in Athens, Greece where he will be honoured for his work by Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, President of the homonymous Foundation, of the ‘ELPIDA (HOPE) Friends’ Association of Children with cancer’ and of the ‘Orama ELIDAS’ Association.

The same week, Commissioner Stylianides will attend the 15th European Seminar organised by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) to speak about ‘Europe’s New Agenda’ in Nafplio.

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