Flags outside EU Commission at half mast in solidarity with victims of fires in Greece

Flags at the European Commission headquarters have been flying at half mast since Wednesday, in a display of mourning for the deadly fires in Greece and their tragic outcome.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who spoke with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of the Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Tuesday, said that the Commission will make every possible effort to help Greece and the Greeks. European Council President Donald Tusk similarly stressed that Europe will stand by Greece during these difficult hours.

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is in Athens to liaise with Greek authorities and coordinate EU assistance in fighting Attica’s fires.

Cyprus, Spain, Bulgaria, Portugal, Italy and Romania responded immediately to offer Greece assistance in fighting the deadly fires in Attica, via the European Civil Protection Mechanism.