Tagged: Avramopoulos

Migration Commissioner denies rumours of a ‘Plan B’ to build refugee camps on Greek islands

Following rumours that the EU was mulling over a ‘Plan B’ that would see large open camps built on a number of Greek islands to host refugees and migrants, Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avrampopoulos responded to a question submitted MEP Nikos Androulakis during discussions at the European Parliament on the liberalisation of visas for Turkish nationals. […]

Avramopoulos: Dublin Accord on immigration not working

The European Commission tabled two proposals for the revision of the ‘Dublin Accord’ on immigration, Wednesday in Brussels. Immigration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and the body’s vice President Frans Timmermans proposed two new ideas for a fairer distribution of refugees across Europe in the wake of the refugee crisis and the inability to effectively implement the […]

EU commissioner praises Albania migrant plans

A European Union official has hailed Albania’s fast drafting of a contingency plan to address a possible influx of refugees, though there have been no indications they are turn toward such a route so far. European commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos talked on Friday in Tirana with senior officials on migrants […]

EU migration chief to inspect Idomeni camp, talk to officials

The European Union’s commissioner for migration policy, Dimitris Avramopoulos, is due on Tuesday to visit a makeshift camp on Greece’s northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), along with European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas. The two Greek officials are expected to inspect conditions at the camp following concerns voiced by relief agencies […]

EU to give Greece May deadline to register migrants

Europe will set Greece a deadline of May 12 to register all migrants in an orderly fashion or face more border controls, Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told a German newspaper on Friday. Greece has been the main gateway for nearly a million migrants who have crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey over the past year […]

Avramopoulos: Greece has until May 12 to control its borders

EU Commission Dimitris Avramopoulos, who holds the home affairs and migration portfolio, on Friday warned that Greece will have until May 12 to identify and register all of the refugees that have entered its territory and better protect its frontiers, otherwise greater borders control around Europe will be instituted. Avramopoulos, a former career diplomat and […]

Divided EU seeks to avoid migrant “humanitarian crisis”

European interior ministers tried Thursday to resolve deep divisions over the migrant crisis, with Greece lashing out at its partners for creating a humanitarian crisis and officials warning the EUs unity was at stake. Athens is seething over a series of border restrictions by Austria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia along the […]

Avramopoulos plays down Schengen warning as Greece faces deadline

European Immigration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Friday sought to play down fears of Greece being excluded from Schengen, as European Union governments gave Athens three months to remedy “serious deficiencies” in managing its borders or face suspension from Europe’s passport-free travel zone. “Today the European Council adopted, as expected, the recommendations for […]

No EU country exiting Schengen zone, sais commissioner Avramopoulos

“There has never been a matter of military strengthening on FYROM’s borders as there has never been an issue of an EU country exiting the Schengen zone,” EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday said in an interview with STAR TV. “The EU has never raised the issue of a country exiting the Schengen […]

Avramopoulos : Detention centers are also needed

“We should be clear that no country is being threatened with suspension from Schengen,” European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos on Friday said in an interview with EurActiv. In any case, Schengen rules do not foresee the possibility of such a suspension, he underlined adding that the European Commission is here […]

D. Avramopoulos: Our ultimate common goal is to protect Schengen

Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Wednesday the draft Schengen evaluation report on Greece “showed serious deficiencies” but that the situation has started to improve, following the discussion of the report by the College of Commissioners in Brussels. “If we want to maintain our internal area of free movement, we must better […]

EU migration commissioner warns against Schengen ouster talk

The European Union’s commissioner for migration policy, Dimitris Avramopoulos, on Sunday warned against recent suggestions that Greece may be expelled from the Schengen Area if it fails to take more effective action on managing the inflow of thousands of refugees and migrants through its borders. “If Schengen collapses then the entire European structure will start […]

EU is determined to deal effectively with terror attacks, EU Commissioner Avramopoulos says

EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos on Thursday expressed EU’s determination to deal effectively with terror attacks. Avramopoulos was addressing the European Parliament plenary, in Strasbourg, on terror issues. “2015 was a turning point in the way Europe experienced terrorism,” he stated pointing out that the terror threat in EU is […]

Avramopoulos: Hotspots in Greece and Italy will be ready in four weeks the latest

Hotspots in Greece and Italy will be ready in four weeks the latest, European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos said in an interview with Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday. Avramopoulos also warned of increased refugee flows in the coming months. Referring to the EU member states that refuse to contribute to the joint EU effort, he […]

EU Commissioner Avramopoulos meets New Democracy leader Mitsotakis

The issue of migration, the changes in New Democracy and the Greek economy dominated a meeting between EU Commissioner for Migration and Internal Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos and newly elected New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Sunday. “We will have the opportunity to make an in depth discussion on the issue that concerns Greece and all […]

D. Avramopoulos on European Border and Coast Guard Agency

“The most important element of the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency is that it goes beyond what Frontex was able to do, but that we do not replace member states’ responsibilities and definitely not their sovereignty,” European Commissioner for Migration and Internal Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos said in the European Parliament Plenary session on […]

EU commissioner tells Athens to speed up border controls

European Immigration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday warned that Greece needs to improve its border controls by mid-December, amid media reports that the country may by expelled from the Schengen Agreement if it fails to do so. In exclusive comments made to Kathimerini, the Greek commissioner noted that the country’s timetable for […]