“One of the amendments we are called to vote on today concerns a very important intervention, which outlines the terms for restoring the damage in Mati,” stated Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras while addressing parliament on Wednesday.
He said that he visited the fire-stricken area of Mati on Tuesday and talked with local residents. “Every day the people in Mati fight a battle to heal their wounds and, despite the huge bureaucratic difficulties we face, we have managed to stand, to a great extent, by their side,” said Tsipras.
He then outlined the actions taken to date, such as the inspections and classification of buildings, the financial support measures for the victims, the demolitions of condemned buildings and the logging to remove burnt trees.
Tsipras said that the amendment allows, among others, the possibility to proceed with the issue of building permits and a complete rebuilding of the condemned structures on terms that will not repeat the mistakes of the past.
He publicly thanked Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who informed Tsipras in a letter that his proposal that Cyprus contribute to the construction of a public hospital in the stricken areas has been approved.