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Greek Prime Minister outlines aid to be paid to fire victims

A number of innovations are being adopted in the presidential decree that will be signed tomorrow, the prime minister said, stating among them that every burned area will be declared as being reforestable. Concluding his introductory speech, he pointed out that the main concern is to get the community involved.

With a reference to the death of volunteer firefighter, Vassilis Filoras,  Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, began his introductory remarks at today’s cabinet meeting.

As of tomorrow, every area that was burned has been declared as being reforestable, based on a presidential decree, said Mitsotakis, pointing out that the first issue at hand is finding solutions and recording the damages in a process that has already begun.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the measures that will be approved are based on three areas:

-The immediate compensation for any fire victim and suspension of obligations to the state.

-Repair work to property damaged.

-Medium-term planning of productive reconstruction especially for North Evia.

He referred in detail to the measures that have been decided, identifying them as follows:

-A contribution to mortgages of up to 150,000 euros in a direct deposit of 20,000, 12,000 or 5,000 euros depending on the degree of damage suffered from August 20 with applications being submitted on the platform arogi.gov.gr

-Compensation on 70% of losses with 20% being given as a deposit.

-Exemption from ENFIA tax, suspension of insurance and tax obligations.

-Rental aid.

-A benefit of 4,000 euros for farmers whose crops have been affected

Especially for the severely affected areas of North Evia, the measures will apply to all residents, regardless of whether they suffered damages in the affected areas.

A number of innovations are being adopted in the presidential decree that will be signed tomorrow, the prime minister said, stating among them that every burned area will be declared as being reforestable. Concluding his introductory speech, he pointed out that the main concern is to get the community involved. The previous ministerial council has already approved the program for the reconstruction of the Civil Protection Service, amounting to 1.7 billion euros, the prime minister added.

"All of the above means a lot of intensive work," he said in closing remarks. He stressed that we have to plan a new beginning especially for Evia, for which a special Committee is being formed that will plan for its future, headed by Stavros Benos, who led the reconstruction of Kalamata after its catastrophic earthquake.

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