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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0388/2018

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))

Nikos Androulakis on behalf of the S&D 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 the Commission proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism (COM(2017)0772),

–  having regard to the Commission statement of 10 September 2018 on the July 2018 fires in Mati in the Attica region of Greece and the EU’s response,

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

A.  whereas the fires in Mati in the Attica region of Greece left 98 dead and dozens injured;

B.  whereas Greece could have benefited from stronger civil protection preparedness in terms of evacuation plans and evacuation orders;

C.  whereas climate change, among other causes, is expected to lead to an increase in the number of fires and other natural disasters in Europe;

D.  whereas in 2017 the Union Civil Protection Mechanism was activated 17 times for forest fire emergencies in Europe;

E.  whereas Greece, Sweden and Latvia all requested EU support through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism in summer 2018 as a result of fires;

1.  Expresses its condolences and strong solidarity with the relatives of those who lost their lives in the fires in Greece, as well as all those affected;

2.  Recognises the valuable work and rescue efforts of the Greek firefighters, volunteers and others involved;

3.  Welcomes the solidarity demonstrated by Cyprus, Spain and Bulgaria in offering their assistance through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, including in the form of aircraft, medical professionals and firefighters, as an active expression of European solidarity;

4.  Stresses the need for an ambitious agreement on the revision of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and the creation of rescEU, to ensure that the Union has all the necessary capacities to respond to different disasters;

5.  Strongly emphasises the need for Member States to carry out comprehensive risk assessments, assessments of their risk management capability and disaster management planning, to ensure an effective response to disasters;

6.  Reiterates the importance of EU support for fire prevention under the Cohesion Fund and calls on the Member States to take full advantage of this funding;

7.  Calls for the swift mobilisation of EU funding to support the victims and repair damage to both public infrastructure and private property in the areas affected, for example from the EU Solidarity Fund;

8.  Recalls also the need to ensure flood prevention in the areas affected by the forest fires in both eastern and western Attica in order to prevent any further disasters during winter;

9.  Calls on the Commission to deliver the pending proposal on the post-2020 financial framework for the Union Civil Protection Mechanism;

10.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission.



OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 924.

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