The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Latsis Group and Eurobank EFG undertake the design and implementation, in co-operation with the Greek State, of a program for the reconstruction of the regions and for the support of the civilians who were affected by the devastating fires of 2007. The cost of the program will amount to 60 million euros.
More specifically, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Latsis Group and Eurobank EFG decided to offer the amount of 20 million euros each in order to support the urgent needs caused by the fires of 2007 in our country, but also to reinforce the mechanisms for the prevention of similar disasters and contribute to the rehabilitation of the environment. The implementation of the programme the three institutions will be in accordance with the priorities set by the Greek State, in the context of its wider reconstruction plan for the affected regions.
The program focuses on three sets of initiatives that indicatively include:
1. Initiatives in support of the fire victims:
The beneficiaries of the above aid will be determined on the basis of the official register recorded by the relevant state authorities.
2. Initiatives for the encounter and prevention of fires:
3. Initiatives for the rehabilitation of forest areas:
The sum of 20,000,000 euros, granted by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, will be exclusively directed to the rehabilitation of fire victims and the municipalities and communities that were destroyed in the prefecture of Ileia. This special care is dictated not only by the fact that the prefecture in question was affected more than any other region, but also because the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation’s founder descended from the region, where he concentrated his charitable activities for more than 40 years.
Specifically for the prefecture of Ileia, the program includes the following additional initiatives:
Referring to the program mentioned above, Mrs. Marianna Latsis said:
“Our country is confronted with extreme circumstances never experienced before. We follow – in shock – the magnitude of this national tragedy that is unfolding this summer, trying to conceive the devastating effect that will indelibly accompany the next generations. Facing this havoc, it is the duty of us all to contribute in a substantial manner and wholeheartedly. I am certain that our father, John Latsis, would have reacted the same way as we do today and as he had done in innumerable cases, throughout his life, in favour of our country. In this context, the program of actions announced by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Latsis Group and Eurobank EFG constitutes a true act of solidarity and social contribution”.