The European Union (EU) will provide Greece with a total of up to 2 billion 250 million euros in support due to fire and flood disasters, European Union (EU) Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
A Von der Leyen spoke at a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakisin Strasburg, France, where she was attending the European Parliament General Assembly session.
Emphasizing that the fire in Greece was the most devastating disaster ever seen in the country and that large parts of the country were affected by the floods that followed, von der Leyen said that the EU would stand by the Greek people.
Von der Leyen stated that they had a meeting with Mitsotakis about the funds that could be provided to the country to repair the damage and promised that the EU Commission would act quickly and flexibly in conveying the aid.
The President of the European Commission announced that, in addition to the amounts entitled under the "Cohesion" and "European Social" funds, two previously unused funds under the Common Agricultural Policy will be made available, totaling around 2 billion 250 million euros.
Von der Leyen noted that in addition to these, with the agreement of the member states, Greece can also receive aid from the Solidarity Fund, which it has requested, and in this case, it can be supported with nearly 400 million euros until next year.
Mitsotakis emphasized that his country faced the biggest fire in the history of Europe and the biggest flood disaster in Greece in the same month and that he would adopt it as his personal mission to convince the EU Council on the Solidarity Fund.
Source: Anadolu Agency