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to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the July 2018 fires in Mati in the Attica region, Greece, and the EU’s response (2018/2847(RSP))

Matthijs van Miltenburg on behalf of the ALDE Group

European Parliament resolution on the July 2018 fires in Mati in the Attica region, Greece, and the EU’s response (2018/2847(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its resolution of 18 May 2006 on natural disasters(1),

–  having regard to its debate of 25 October 2017 on response mechanism to forest fires in northern Spain and Portugal (2017/2899(RSP)),

–  having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas climate change is causing and intensifying extreme weather events and natural disasters (such as flooding, extreme droughts and fires), which have been occurring in ever more rapid succession throughout the world, and have caused grave damage in terms of human losses, environmental deterioration and a reduction in economic activity;

B.  whereas situations of extreme drought and forest fires have increased in frequency and scale all over Europe, and whereas, while being exacerbated by climate change, these situations are to a certain extent both unforeseeable and inevitable;

C.  whereas Greece was not the only Member State requesting EU support following forest fires, but Latvia and Sweden did so as well;

D.  whereas the Solidarity Fund Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002(2) is specifically designed to provide assistance to Member States in which large-scale disasters have occurred;

E.  whereas assistance to Greece in the form of planes, vehicles, medical personnel and firefighters was provided under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism from other Member States;

F.  whereas the EU’s Copernicus Satellite System provided the Greek authorities with highly specialised maps;

1.  Deplores the fact that in spite of the massive efforts at both national and European level, 98 lives were lost in Attica, Greece, in the summer of 2018 in what was the second deadliest forest fire in Europe;

2.  Notes the existing set of mechanisms and tools in the EU to help counteract or resolve natural disasters such as forest fires, such as the Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism, the Solidarity Fund and the Emergency Forest Restoration Programme (EFRP);

3.  Welcomes the amended Civil Protection Mechanism regulation, rescEU, which it adopted on 31 May 2018;

4.  Stresses the need for more funding for scientific research in risk assessment mechanisms, prevention systems and other means of combating these phenomena;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the parliaments and governments of the Member States.



OJ C 298 E, 8.12.2006, p. 238.


OJ L 311, 14.11.2002, p. 3.

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