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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-01-29

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Interior minister Michelakis and EU Commissioner Hahn to meet Feb. 6 over Cephalonia
  • [02] Defence ministry's draft law to bring 'radical restructuring'

  • [01] Interior minister Michelakis and EU Commissioner Hahn to meet Feb. 6 over Cephalonia

    ANA-MPA - Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis, who visited the island of Cephalonia with a delegation on Tuesday night by order of the prime minister, has contacted the permanent representation of Greece at the European Union to look into whether Greece can claim emergency financial aid for the Ionian island, his office said Wednesday.

    According to an announcement, Michelakis is scheduled to meet with EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn on February 6 at 13:30 to discuss the possibility of activating the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF).

    Hahn expressed his support to the Greek government and Cephalonia residents and said the Commission would examine carefully his proposal for activation of the EUSF, while he reminded the minister of the terms and conditions for the fund's activation.

    Cephalonia was struck by a 5.8 earthquake on Sunday and shaken by several tremors following; there are no casualties but there was more damage on the western part of the island.

    [In file photo, residents of Cephalonia waiting to board one of the ferries anchored at the island for overnight accomodation]

    [02] Defence ministry's draft law to bring 'radical restructuring'

    ANA-MPA - A Public Order and Citizen Protection Ministry draft law will be tabled on Wednesday that foresees a radical restructuring in the ministry, the police, the fire brigade as well as the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

    Minister Nikos Dendias presented the bill, which includes decoupling the ministry from police, turning the latter into a political organisation under a general directorate. Police headquarters will be abolished under its current form and will be replaced by a directorate overlooking three main and autonomous sectors: public order, security (set up along the FBI model) and foreigners/border protection sector.

    Changes will also take place in the Fire Brigade structure, which will act as the operational branch of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

    The whole project, according to the data presented, will result in a 43 percent reduction in the police structure (including mergers of units and services), 30 percent reduction in the Fire Brigade and 36 percent in the General Secretariat.


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