Legislative act allows gov’t intervention in natural disasters, restitution of fire-stricken Attica towns

Legislative act allows gov't intervention in natural disasters, restitution of fire-stricken Attica towns

A legislative act giving the government power to take over from local government during natural disasters and setting up a nonprofit to restore the burnt areas of Mati, Neos Voutzas and Kinetta were laid out in a legislative act published on Tuesday.
The act was announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday, and relates to the disastrous fires in Attica last year that claimed the lives of over 100 people and completely destroyed properties.
With this legislative act, the central administration’s intervention will allow the immediate use of funds available in the state’s special account. According to the act, the first and immediate priority is the cleaning up the debris at Mati.
In the same act, a nonprofit organisation is established, which includes representatives of the local community volunteers, the Court of Auditors, the General Accounting Office, the Bank of Greece, the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Ministries of Environment and Infrastructure and the General Secretariat of the Government. The nonprofit will be set up as a public entity under the direct supervision of the prime minister’s office.
The mission of the new organisation is to draw up an action plan for the rehabilitation of the areas of Mati, Neos Voutzas and Kinetta, while the Technical Chamber of Greece will take on the task of prioritizing a new re-building infrastructural plan for the entire region.
Acoording to the prime minister’s latest instructions, this plan is being given one year to completion, as opposed to the five years it would normally require.