Cedefop is deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction the wildfires in our host country Greece have caused.
The Greek and EU flags at Cedefop’s headquarters in Thessaloniki are flying at half-mast for the duration of the three-day national mourning.
Read also below the letter sent by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on 24 July.
Dear Prime Minister,
It is with a heavy heart that I have learnt that many people have tragically lost their lives in devastating fires in Athens, Greece.
On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
During these difficult times, we stand side by side with the Greek people and authorities and I commend the tireless and courageous efforts of the emergency responders.
Everything possible will be done to provide support today, tomorrow and for as long as it takes.
I have asked the Commissioner for Crisis Management and Humanitarian Aid, Christos Stylianides, to be in immediate contact with the Greek civil protection authorities. He has informed me that assistance, including planes and fire teams, has been mobilised. The Commissioner is travelling to Athens today. I would also like to thank the relevant Member States for their continued solidarity in this regard.