Turkey is not implementing EU deal on managing refugee flows, Greek minister tells Bild

19 January 2016
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Turkey is not implementing the agreement reached with the European Union on managing refugee flows, Alternate Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Toskas was reported as telling German newspaper Bild in an interview published on Monday.

“Turkish authorities are not doing what is needed to prevent these people from coming [to Greece] or reducing the flow, despite the agreement with the EU. This is evident from the numbers that I gave you [said about 90,000 refugees and migrants arrive monthly],” he was quoted as saying.

“Following the agreement reached between Turkey and the EU, the refugee flows have not decreased significantly. Only partially. [The refugees and immigrants] are still coming,” he added.

Toskas also said that the government is struggling to complete the First Reception Centers while the Greek state has spent 2 billion euros for the reception of refugees and migrants and stressed that the crisis should not be linked to terrorism.

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