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European Commission experts to visit Vassilikos power plant site on Sunday, July 17
2011-07-15 08:17:35

A team of eight or nine experts from the European Commission and various member states will fly to Cyprus on Sunday to assist Cypriot authorities in assessing the damage at the Vassiliko power plant, following Monday's deadly blast.

Speaking at a press conference held for the launch of the Polish EU Presidency at the European Union House in Nicosia, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, Androulla Kaminara, disclosed that a Commission expert on Civil Protection is already on the site and will be joined by a team of experts on Sunday, July 17, or Monday, July 18, at the latest. She added that experts specialize in damage assessment, health and safety and will be able to provide an economic assessment of the crisis.

Mrs. Kaminara further stated that this forms part of the response of the Commission’s “Monitoring and Information Center” which the Cypriot authorities notified and which provides a mechanism which calls on aid from EU member states when it comes to matters of expertise and technical support.

Experts from the Commission and the member states will be arriving in Cyprus but the call for technical support and certain equipment is in the process of being evaluated,according to Mrs. Kaminara. She also noted that a video conference will take place on Saturday,July 16, with participants from all member states and Brussels in order to coordinate the assistance mechanism.

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