Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced the creation of the National Emergency Management Service that will replace the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

Mr. Tsipras pointed out that the tragedy at Mati showed that a radical overhaul of the emergency management system is needed, based on the standards of the most advanced and experienced countries in this field.

This new agency will integrate, as part of its operation, all available national scientific, operational, administrative and human resources, it will interconnect scientific forecasting and risk analysis models with political decisions and will be responsible for operational coordination of all parties, in all different phases.

It will be an independent agency that will be hierarchically assigned to the Ministry of the Interior and headed by a person with proven scientific experience and skills.

The resources for the new agency will come from the European Investment Bank, the European Union-subsidized National Strategic Reference Framework, as well as Greece’s public investment program, and will amount to 500 million euros.