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Relief for Earthquake-Stricken Cephalonia Residents Announced

kefalonia1_473_355The Greek Finance ministry has given a three-month extension to individual taxpayers and legal entities on the earthquake-stricken Ionian Sea island of Cephalonia, Greece, to submit their tax returns and to pay any outstanding amounts, it was announced on Monday.
The extension was given by order of the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, in line with legislation on natural disaster management. Emergency measures for the immediate support of quake victims were also announced by the ministry of Labor by order of the prime minister.
Financial support amounting to 100,000 euro will be given to the municipalities of Cephalonia and Ithaca for people directly affected by the quake, while 200 blankets will be sent to the affected region for people in need.
In addition, all contributions payable to social insurance institutions will be suspended for three months for residents of Cephalonia and Ithaca.
Earlier, the government had announced through Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis that Social Security Foundation (IKA) contributions by residents of Cephalonia would be suspended for a month, while the Bank of Piraeus had also suspended any payments by residents for a month.
A total of 54 Infrastructure ministry and Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization (OASP) civil engineers, as well as 30 Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) civil engineers arrived on Cephalonia to assess the damage caused to buildings by Sunday’s quake, giving priority to schools and public buildings.
(source: amna)

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