Government Meeting on Migration with Commissioner Avramopoulos Held in Athens

Government Meeting on Migration with Commissioner Avramopoulos Held in Athens

In a meeting with European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos at the shipping ministry on Tuesday, the Greek government asked for an immediate disbursement of EU funds to help cope with increased migration flows.
The ministers at the interministerial meeting also asked for the immediate activation of a refugee relocation programme and the reinforcement of rescue equipment and resources for reception, identificiation and asylum.
Avramopoulos announced after the meeting that he will ask for the activation of the emergency mechanism allowing asylum seekers to be transferred from frontline countries to the rest of the EU in a proposal to be submitted to the European Commission on Wednesday.
"The fact that this is happening for the first time in the history of the EU is a real change in the way the EU deals with migration," Avramopoulos said. The relocation will be carried out fairly, based on the criteria of a distribution system already announced, he added.
He said the emergency mechanism will chiefly relieve frontline countries, especially Greece and Italy, which currently faced the highest pressures from migration in Europe, but will also be activated for other European countries that will face emergency situations in the future.
 
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