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Cyprus could benefit more from EU’s rescue programme, Stylianides says

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides (left) with Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides

Cyprus could benefit even more from the implementation of the European Civil Protection Mechanism rescEU, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides) said on Friday.

Opening the virtual reality exhibition “EU Saves Lives” in Nicosia, in the presence of Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides, the Commissioner said Cyprus was one of the countries which has both contributed to and benefited from rescEU.

At the exhibition, visitors used virtual reality headsets and motion chairs to experience humanitarian crises and natural disasters. Three 360-degree videos simulate a refugee camp in Bangladesh, fighting a fire which is out of control, and a school in a Kenyan refugee camp

According to Stylianides, since 2011 Cyprus has activated the Mechanism five times, the last being in 2016 for a fire in Solea. Furthermore, Cyprus has responded to calls for help from Greece and Israel.

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