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Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary

 Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
 Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
 Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
 Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
 Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary
Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos attended the 25th Civil Protection Anniversary

The Minister of National Defence Mr. NIKOLAOS PANAGIOTOPOULOS attended today, Thursday 31 December 2020, the celebrations which took place in the "FAROS" building, for the 25th anniversary since the establishment of Civil Protection, following an invitation extended to him by the Deputy Minister for Civil Protection and Crisis Management Mr. NIKOS HARDALIAS. The event was also attended by the heads of bodies
who contribute to the fulfilment of the Civil Protection's task.

The Minister was accompanied by the Chief/HAFGS Lieutenant General GEORGIOS BLIOUMIS,
the Chief/HAGS Lieutenant General CHARALAMBOS LALOUSSIS, the Chief/HNGS Vice Admiral STYLIANOS PETRAKIS HN and the Deputy Chief/HNDGS Vice Admiral IOANNIS DRYMOUSSIS HN.

In his intervention, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos underlined the fact that interoperability and cooperation among relevant bodies, "which was put into practice, and this was proven every day, through hardships", is a key condition
for the effective management of all risks and crises. He also highlighted that proving the state mechanism's practical
presence and efficient intervention every time "is an everyday struggle".

The Minister noted that "The Armed Forces are fully aware that they need to provide support to the society in peacetime, with the means the have, but mostly with their personnel, who are characterised by their
professionalism, their sense of duty, their morale, and their efficiency in all hardships.
Together with the structure if the Ministry of Citizen Protection and Civil Protection, we can maximise this effect".
In conclusion, he particularly highlighted: "This is a team effort; the result
confirms our efforts, and this is how we shall proceed - the order has
been given since the first day by the Prime Minister, and we all continue to move and work towards this end".

At the event, a video was projected on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Civil Protection, in which every body contributing to its mission is honoured. Moreover, a stamps and philatelic products tribute series was
presented, projecting interoperability, cooperation and the common effort
made by the pertinent bodies and their personnel.