The president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani expressed his grief, and his support to France in dramatic moments of aftermath of fire, consuming greatest Paris monument. He called Notre-Dame “first Cathedral” of his life, and added that his heart is broken. The emotional address of the president came during the morning Plenary session in the European parliament, Strasbourg.
The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said in his Twitter micro blog, that he had been following the development of the situation “minute by minute”, underlining that Notre-Dame belongs to humanity. He referred to the fire as “horror”, sharing feelings of French nation.
The president of the European Council Donald Tusk stepped forward with an optimistic message of possibility of reconstruction of Notre Dame. Being a citizen of Polish city of Gdansk he ensured that it is possible, illustrating his opinion with the experience of his home town, which suffered almost total destructed and resurrected.
A Pakistani migrant was arrested for trying to set fire near the military camp of Perama. The arrest has been confirmed by the local police.
Perama is an area with a high concentration of refugees. The migrant was arrested and interrogated after being charged and prosecuted with arson. Local police confirmed to our reporter that a Pakistani migrant has been arrested in the area.
The first information of the Local webpage epirus gate says that the perpetrator denies all charges and was just ‘working in the area’.
The heat of the Greek summer and the strong blowing winds could lead to a massive destruction as the military camp of Perama houses military equipment.
“We have serious indications and significant signs suggesting the criminal actions of arson,” said Civil Protection Minister Nikos Toskas during press-conference.
All our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected by the deadly forest fires that have struck several parts of Portugal.
We express our condolences to those that have lost loved ones.
The EU is fully ready to help. All will be done to assist the authorities and people of Portugal at this time of need.
In an immediate response to a request for assistance by the Portuguese authorities, the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to provide firefighting aircraft.
Immediately, France has offered three planes through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and they will be quickly sent to assist the local emergency efforts. In addition, Spain has also sent aircraft on a bilateral basis.
We commend the bravery of the firefighters and emergency services on the scene risking their own lives to save others.
The European Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), which monitors natural disasters 24/7, is in constant contact with the national civil protection authorities.
The EU’s emergency centre has sent a liaison officer to Portugal and will coordinate the delivery of support and any further requests.
Statement by Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the deadly forest fires in #Portugal.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a message in Portuguese, published on Twitter, that his thoughts were with the victims and praised firefighters for their bravery.
The death toll released by Jorge Gomes, the secretary of state for internal affairs, has gradually climbed from the 19 initially announced late on Saturday, June, 17. Gomes said most of the victims were caught in their vehicles on the road. At the moment there are at least 43 killed, 59 injured in #Portugal forest fires, the number of missing is unknown.
“All will be done to assist the authorities and people of Portugal at this time of need,” the European Commission’s aid chief, Christos Stylianides, said in a statement.