Preventive movement bans on the country’s highways – if necessary – in possible extreme weather events, announced the Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Vassilis Kikilias, in the context of a meeting with all the concessionaires of the country’s highways.

At the same time it is worth noting that in the new bill of the Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection which is expected to be voted on in December, each concessionaire is expected to immediately inform and comply with the instructions of the Civil Protection as well as to provide assistance, in the event of a civil protection incident within the area or the infrastructure on which the concession contract has been established.

The meeting, which was held under the Minister of Climate Crisis & Civil Protection, Vassilis Kikilia, was attended by the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Nikos Tachiaos, the Deputy Ministers of Climate Crisis & Civil Protection Evangelos Tournas and Christos Triantopoulos, the Minister of Civil Protection Vassilis Papageorgiou, as well as officials of Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Civil Protection, the Fire Brigade and the Hellenic Police. The subject of the meeting with the representatives of the concessionaire highways was the measures to prevent and deal with heavy snowfalls.

“Today we had a very important meeting with all the concessionaires of all the country’s highways, as well as with the Greek Police, the Traffic, the Fire Brigade and of course the Ministry of Infrastructure which has the responsibility. In the context of our strategy – the government’s strategy to emphasize prevention – I would like to announce that we will proceed with preventive movement bans, if and when necessary, in possible extreme weather phenomena, so as to avoid images and problems that we faced in the past years. That is, if there is evidence from our scientists about extreme weather phenomena, it is good not to trouble the world and make an effort to inform them earlier, so that it does not go out on the national roads, on the highways” said Mr. Kikilias after the end of the meeting while calling on citizens to always have chains and what they need in their cars. In addition, he recalled that last year a campaign was launched for this and added that there will be checks by the Police and Traffic.

“I am asking all the citizens, the chains with us, in our cars”, he noted while underlining that the basic knowledge is also needed in order for the citizens to know how to put them. As he said, “through the bill which will be consulted and voted on in the next few days in the Parliament, Civil Protection will be given the opportunity, where required, to be able to intervene and indicate to the concessionaires how they should operate in a state of emergency necessity”. “To protect human lives and to be able not to inconvenience the world”, underlined Mr. Kikilias.

“You see that extreme weather events, unfortunately, are multiplying both in our country and in Europe. We must be able to react in the best possible way, and today the coordination takes place – I repeat – proactively. It is legitimate and honest to go out earlier and tell the Greek men and women that due to extreme weather phenomena they should limit their movements or not move, or be careful, so as not to suffer. Or on the return at the end of the weekend, if these weather phenomena occur, to say that “we advise you to do one-two-three things or we prohibit you from moving”. Everything for the protection of the citizens”, said Mr. Kikilias.