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Statement of the President of the EESC on the avalanche in Italy on 18 January 2017

I was sad to hear that last night an avalanche destroyed a hotel in a ski resort in the region of Abruzzo and that many customers and workers of the hotel unfortunately lost their lives in this accident. This reminds us of the recent trials that Italy has experienced, especially as it is possible that earthquakes also trigger avalanches.

My thoughts go to the victims and their relatives and I would like to express our solidarity with the Italian people and authorities.

Georges Dassis

Apprendo con grande tristezza che ieri sera una valanga ha distrutto l'Hotel Rigopiano a Farindola, stazione sciistica dell'Abruzzo, e che diversi ospiti e lavoratori hanno perso la vita a causa di questo incidente. Ciò ci riporta alla mente le dure prove che l'Italia ha dovuto affrontare in questi ultimi mesi, tanto più che i terremoti di ieri, insieme alle forti nevicate, hanno potuto causare anche delle valanghe.

I miei pensieri vanno alle vittime e ai loro cari e voglio esprimere tutta la mia solidarietà verso il popolo italiano, le autorità e le Istituzioni.

Georges Dassis


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