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Parliamentary questions
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5 August 2016
Question for written answer E-006227-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Konstantinos Papadakis (NI)

 Subject:  Immediate compensation for fire damage in northern Euboea
 Answer in writing 

A wildfire raging for four days has wreaked enormous damage in areas of northern Euboea endangering human lives, engulfing 2 500 hectares of pine forest of rare natural beauty and destroying the livelihood of retsina producers over the coming years.

The Syriza-ANEL Government bears criminal responsibility for extending public spending cuts to basic necessities such as firefighting equipment and personnel. This also applies to the EU for ruling that firefighting infrastructures are ineligible for funding, being more concerned with business profitability.

Local residents are now seeking full compensation for the damage sustained, calling for generous payments over the next five years at least, given that retsina producers have lost their livelihood. They are also seeking immediate flood protection and other infrastructures for forest regeneration purposes and to avoid the area being damaged when the first rainfalls occur.

In view of this:

What is the Commission’s position regarding rapid compensation in full for all those affected by the fire in northern Euboea, using appropriations from the EU Solidarity Fund and Regional Funds, with a view to assisting retsina producers and immediately offsetting the chronic lack of up-to-date firefighting equipment, shortages of manpower and absence of adequate infrastructures?

Original language of question: EL 
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