Coronavirus: Greece channels critical support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism

A shipment of urgently needed oxygen, medicine and equipment will be delivered over the coming days by Greece and other EU Member States to India, following the country’s request for support through the EU Civil Protection.

More specifically, the Greek Government responded immediately to the request of the Indian authorities and through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, has ready to send 90 oxygen cylinders with a total capacity of 440 liters, as well as medical supplies (masks, gloves and other means of self-protection).

The Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias, noted in this regard: “It is self-evident that Greece responds to the call of each country for assistance. In this battle that the world community is fighting against the pandemic, our country is present wherever and whenever it is needed. Greece is also an active member of the European Civil Protection Mechanism and actively supports the EU RescEU – we are one of the first countries to participate in the creation of the European Common Reserve for vital medical equipment related to pandemic management . I sincerely hope that Greece’s contribution will offer relief to the afflicted India.

The Embassy of India In Athens expressed on behalf of the Government of India its thanks for the Greek support.

This support has been made in line with the coordinated effort by EU Member States currently underway to pool their resources in responding rapidly to tackle the alarming epidemiological situation in India.

More EU support from Greece and other Member States is expected to be given in the coming days,

Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said:  “The EU stands in full solidarity with the Indian people and is ready to do our utmost to support them at this critical time. I would like to thank our Member States that came in numerously with generous offers of help, showing that the EU is a trusted partner and a friend at times of need. The reach of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism goes well beyond the EU’s borders. Our Emergency Response Coordination Centre is facilitating the logistical arrangements and the EU will cover the brunt of the transport costs.