Press Release - 25.08.2011

Positive response by EU and the European Civil Protection Mechanism for the coverage of the generator sets transport cost to Cyprus


                                                                     PRESS RELEASE

The joint assistance mission of PPC and the General Secretariat of Civil Protection to the Republic of Cyprus after the devastating explosions at “Evagelos Florakis” naval station last July is accomplished successfully.

The generator sets capacity installed in Vasilikos plant in Cyprus have already substituted part of the lost capacity of the Cypriot power generation plant.

The fact that the transport of the generator sets was realized within the framework of the European Civil Protection Mechanism constitutes a success. It is the first power transport project since the foundation of the Mechanism in 2001.

It was achieved following a request arisen by PPC, which participates according to L3013/2003 in the National Civil Protection Mechanism, in order to activate the Civil Protection Financial Instrument on Friday 15th of July 2011 asking for a grant of 50% (maximum percentage foreseen) of the total transport cost. It should be pointed out that it is the first time that our country is activating the Civil Protection Financial Instrument through the competent National Authority.

The Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection General Directorate (DG ECHO) of the European Commission has recently informed the General Secretariat for Civil Protection that the grant for transport cost of the generator sets from Greece to Cyprus is set to 500,000€ of the total cost which reaches the amount of 1,000,000€.
It constitutes one of the highest amounts approved by the EU during the last decade for transport of assistance.

It is noted that the enormous mission for the generator sets transport consisted of one hundred sixty three (163) generator units. One hundred seventy heavy duty tracks (170) were used for their transportation and they were transferred to Cyprus with five ships.

Athens, 25th of August 2011                                                              FROM THE PRESS OFFICE

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