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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))

Notis Marias, Ruža Tomašić on behalf of the ECR 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 Decision No 1313/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism(1),

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

A.  whereas the July 2018 fires at Mati in the Attica region of Greece constituted the worst fire disaster that Greece has experienced in more than a decade;

B.  whereas the fires devastated Mati, a small resort town about 30 kilometres outside of Athens;

C.  whereas 98 people were confirmed as dead, with over 200 people injured;

D.  whereas rescuers recovered more than 700 survivors from the sea after fires forced them to flee for safety;

E.  whereas, in total, more than 4 000 residents were affected by these wildfires;

F.  whereas Greece deployed its entire fleet of firefighting aircraft, more than 250 fire engines and over 600 firefighters in response to the disaster;

G.  whereas the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, declared a state of emergency in Attica;

H.  whereas the Greek Government appealed for help from other Member States to assist in tackling the fires and dealing with the humanitarian emergency through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism;

1.  Expresses its sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this disaster;

2.  Expresses its sympathy to all those residents who have been affected by these wildfires;

3.  Underscores the role of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in mobilising planes, vehicles, medical personnel and firefighters from across the EU-28;

4.  Expresses its gratitude to the Commission and the Member States, particularly Cyprus, Spain and Bulgaria, for their immediate offers of assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism;

5.  Welcomes the role of the assistance provided through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in bringing the wildfires under control;

6.  Recalls that the conventional suppression-centred wildfire and forest management strategies applied so far no longer efficiently address the phenomenon of megafires;

7.  Recalls that following a fire, various EU funds, such as the EU Solidarity Fund, can be used to restore vital infrastructure and for clean-up operations;

8.  Stresses that forest fires devastate thousands of hectares of forest every year in Europe, affecting the population of those countries at greatest risk of forest fires, such as Greece, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Croatia;

9.  Calls on the Commission to prepare a communication on how to minimise the risk of forest fires while maximising ecosystem-based forest and landscape management and the provision of ecosystem services, in order to build and manage landscapes that are more resistant and resilient;

10.  Invites the Commission to support Member States in preventing and combating fires, restoring affected areas, and informing the public about risks;

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



OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 924.

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