A new legislative act gives the government power to take over from local government in the case of natural disasters, while also allowing authorities to set up a non-profit organisation to restore the burnt areas of Mati, Neos Voutsas and Kinetta. The act was announced by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday and published on Tuesday.

Created on the anniversary of the disastrous fires in Attica last year that claimed more than 100 people lives and completely destroyed properties, the act will allow for funds available from the state’s special account to clean up the debris from the areas. 

The non-profit organisation to be established will include representatives from local communities, the Court of Auditors, the General Accounting Office, the Bank of Greece, the Technical Chamber of Commerce, the Ministries of the Environment and Infrastructure and the General Secretariat of the Government. It will draw up an action plan for the rejuvenation of the areas enveloped by flames exactly one year ago.

The group will be set up as a public entity and have the direct supervision of the Greek PM’s office. The plan has been given one year to completion rather than the normal five years given to bodies of this type.