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Hardalias: Civil Protection System Fully Operational in Three Years

ATHENS — The new "Aspida" (meaning shield) programme – a fundamentally restructured civil defence system using international sources of funding – will be delivered in fully operational form within the next three years, Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias said on Friday, addressing the Athens Investment Forum at the Zappeion mansion.

After thanking the organisers on behalf of all employees in the civil defence mechanism for the invitation, Hardalias stressed that the pandemic is a challenge for both the global community and the country, with an obvious impact on society. This made it necessary to mobilise all forces and to develop new tools and approaches from the outset, he noted, adding that the government has invested in this direction.

"We have managed to set an international example of successful pandemic management and remain – even at present during the second wave – one of the safest countries in the world and are now exporting know-how to other countries regarding the control systems we have implemented," said Hardalias.

He then outlined the government's programme, but also the financial resources, for the completion of the civil defence system "which aspires to armour the country against every disaster, every danger, every threat."

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