ATHEHNS — Civil Protection is being upgraded throughout Greece, thanks to a new funding program of 595 million euros from the European Investment Bank, which was formally agreed today, with the aim of dealing more effectively with the pandemic, as well as limiting human losses due to natural disasters.
At the same time, long-term funding and the exchange of best practices at the technical level will contribute to the most effective prevention of disasters, such as floods, forest fires and earthquakes in the 13 Greek regions, but also in dealing with pandemics and other health threats.
In particular, the new initiative, which is the largest targeted funding in the field of Civil Protection in Europe with the support of the European Investment Bank (EIB), includes mobile hospitals, fire and medical evacuation aircraft, helicopters, drones and rescue equipment, in order to reduce the loss of life from natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes and floods.
The programme has a five-year implementation horizon.
Asked by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency how ready the country will be through this agreement to successfully deal with impending dangers and natural disasters, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said: "As of February 4, 4662/2020 is in force, which is the new law of Civil Protection, a huge effort that came to give answers to all the issues and pathogens of decades related to crisis management. Through this process, despite the fact that we have to deal with a global health crisis, we are building step by step all the mechanism we need, all the means we need, and the buildings and the means, the equipment, and we come to respond in issues that have cost many lives, concerning the equipment, the air means, the structures that the Civil Protection never had before."