Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou on Friday met with Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) president Christos Housiadas and was briefed on developments in Japan.

The latter stated that the commission is prepared to deal with any secondary consequences stemming from the nuclear accident in Japan.

Referring to the measures taken at Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Housiadas stated that only those passengers, who believe that they were near the nuclear plant accident in the northern part of Japan, go through radiation checks.

Precautionary radiological checks in airports

Greek Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) experts will be available at Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport as of Friday evening to provide information pertaining to radiation-related issues if requested by passengers coming from Japan.

Precautionary radiological checks will also be available.

Similar measures will be in effect at Thessaloniki’s Macedonia International Airport as of Saturday, March 19.

Foods, farm products and animal feed originating from Japan will undergo radiological checks in the National Centre of Scientific Research (NCSR) Democritus and GAEC labs in compliance with a relevant European recommendation and Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) guidelines.

Greek citizens in Japan and the crews of Greek vessels sailing in the region have been advised by GAEC to stay at least 80 km away from the Fukushima nuclear plant.