Following the explosion on the naval base on 11 July 2011, an 11-member EU civil protection team has been deployed to Cyprus. This is the biggest civil protection expert team so far deployed within Europe to assist in assessing the damage. The selected experts nominated through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism are from Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Malta.
The team assists the Cypriot authorities in assessing the damage of the Vasiliko power station. The team will also assist Cyprus in assessing the possible health and safety implications of the accident and facilitate the coordination of incoming Member State assistance following Cyprus´ request for generators. Upon Cypriot request for additional structural engineers, another expert is expected to join the team shortly.
Cypriot request for generators has triggered a response by several Member States (Greece, Germany, Italy, Lxemburg, Bulgaria, Poland) which offered such devices. A huge offer from Greece (70 MW capacity) is currently being deployed to Cyprus via the Mechanism. 41 heavy trucks transported the Greek assistance from Megalopolis to Piraeus Port. The assistance is going to Cyprus in 4 shipments, estimated to leave on 21, 22, 23 and 25 July. Greece has requested up to 50 % co-financing for the transport through the EU Civil Protection Instrument.