Cretu to ANA: Commission ready to support earthquake victims in Greece

The European Commission is ready to fully support Greece after the deadly earthquake that struck Lesvos and Chios on Monday afternoon, EU regional policy commissioner Corina Cretu told exclusively the Athens-Macedonian New Agency (ANA) on Tuesday.

“Let me start by expressing my sympathy and solidarity with the people hit by this earthquake and of course I would like to say that the European Commission is ready to fully support Greece in this time of difficulty,” she said, noting she will be in Chios on Wednesday to meet local mayors, including the mayor of Lesvos and the regional governor, to see what is happening, how the EC can help.

“I would like to say that out emergency center from the European Commission is already in contact with the Greek authorities to assist the situation so I think my presence is a sign that the EU and EC are side by side with the Greek people, because we have the economic crisis, migration crisis and now this terrible earthquake, so we are in full support of the Greek population,” she noted.

Asked whether the issue will be raised in her meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras later on Tuesday, she said it will be one of the topics in the agenda.

“Yes of course. This is one of the subjects. We will show our openness to activate all the necessary instruments we have; the emergency center, the civil protection mechanism if Greece needs it and of course our funds because we have to maximize the impact of our funds and we have to be sure that we ensure the economic development of the islands despite the difficult situation. So solidarity is our

key word between me and the prime minister,” she said.