The European Commission will help Greece in fighting the fires

© AFP 2018 / Angelos TzortzinisЛюди watching a forest fire in the town of Rafina, near Athens. 23 July 2018The European Commission will help Greece in fighting the fires© AFP 2018 / Angelos Tzortzinis

The head of the EC Jean-Claude Juncker sent a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in which he expressed condolences in connection with death of people in fires in the country and said that the European Commissioner for crisis management will go to Athens to coordinate with civil defense.

A scan of the letter published in your Twitter account, Commission spokesman, Margaritis Schinas.

«With a heavy heart that I learned of the death of many people in the devastating fires in Greece. On behalf of the European Commission I want to Express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Everything will be done to provide support today, tomorrow and for as long as necessary,» the letter reads.

It also indicates that the Commissioner Christos Stylianides on Tuesday sent to Athens to coordinate with the local authorities.

«Activated the mechanism of European solidarity. Commissioner on the way in Athens, in consultation with the authorities of civil protection», — confirmed the official representative of EK Shines.
Their support for the Athens also expressed by the head of the European Council Donald Tusk.

«Europe will support Greek friends in these difficult times. Help is on the way from several countries of the EU,» he said in his Twitter account, expressing condolences with the victims.

In turn, the press service of the Greek Prime Minister said on a telephone conversation with Tsipras and Juncker on Tuesday morning.

«During the conversation, Juncker expressed the solidarity of the European Commission with Greece and underlined the intention of the EC to provide the necessary tools and resources to resolve the emergency situation because of wildfires,» — said in a statement received by RIA Novosti.

According to preliminary data, victims of severe fires in Attica during the day were at least 50 people and over 150 injured.

In Greece on Monday, there have been several major fires, mainly in the Metropolitan region of Attica. In the last days in the country is 40-degree heat, and on Monday the situation was aggravated by strong winds — up to 7 points on the scale of Beaufort, from-for what the fire could not cope with the fire. The situation got out of control. In Attica declared a state of emergency.

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