Tagged: EU

EU envoy: Three million migrants waiting to cross into Greece

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos on Thursday underlined the need to safeguard a deal between Brussels and Ankara to curb human smuggling in the Aegean, noting that some 3 million refugees were in Turkey waiting to cross into Greece in a bid to reach Western and Northern Europe. In comments during a visit to […]

EU condemns inflammatory Turkish rhetoric in statement

In a joint statement, High Representative of the Union of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Francesca Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn called on Turkey to refrain from escalating tensions further and lower the tones. In the statement the two EU officials expressed their support to the EU-member states […]

EU prods members to take in the refugees they promised to

The European Union is pleading with member countries to step up the relocation of asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, seeking to give new momentum to a plan that is now far short of its targets. The EU is even holding out the threat of legal action if nations don’t comply. EU nations agreed in September […]

EU nations to keep Balkan migrant route shut

Interior and defense ministers from 13 European countries have agreed to come up with new measures to ensure that the overland route from Greece remains shut for migrants seeking new lives in other EU nations. Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka and Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil say the officials decided to draw up a plan […]

EU, UNICEF launch joint program for refugee kids

UNICEF and the European Union have launched a joint project to support more than 6000 refugee and migrant children, including unaccompanied minors, across Greece. The initiative, which comes amid harsh weather conditions in Greece, aims to help keep refugee and migrant safe and cared for, and give them access to child protection and educational services. […]

EU says will not sign off on Greece bailout review on Thursday

Eurozone finance ministers will not sign off on a review of Greece’s bailout at a meeting on Thursday, but they hope to do so as soon as possible, EU economic and financial affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici said. “We will see how we can move to a swift conclusion… but this obviously cannot be achieved on […]

Bailout deal not likely till January, EU official says

Government officials are gearing up for a long-awaited summit of eurozone finance ministers on Monday where the prospects for Greek debt relief are expected to be discussed, but a European official has told Kathimerini that it is more likely a concrete solution will be hashed out in January. According to the official, Athens can expect […]

No compromise in sight, EU ministers at odds over immigration

European Union interior ministers were at odds on Friday over how to handle immigration, with heated discussions between states who want more burden sharing and those who oppose any kind of obligatory relocation. “We are looking for compromises but at the moment they are not there,” said Thomas De Maiziere of Germany, which last year […]

Greece ranks high in road and rail fatalities as EU data show

Greece was second to last in the 2016 edition of the European Union Transport scoreboard which compares the performance of 28 member-states in 30 transport-related categories. According to the data, Greece was well above the EU average in the number of road fatalities with a rate of 75 deceased people per million inhabitants. The EU […]

Athens to host conference of Mediterranean EU member-states

A meeting of Mediterranean EU member-states is being planned for Friday the 9th of September in Athens, at the initiative of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. According to the Avgi newspaper, those confirmed to attend include French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades, Spain’s acting PM Mariano Rajoy, Portuguese PM […]

UNHCR speaks of a ‘de facto suspension’ of the EU-Turkey deal

The head of the UNHCR’s European office Vincent Cochetel expressed his doubts and concerns over the EU-Turkey agreement on immigration, following the failed coup in the country. In an interview for Agence Europe, Mr. Cochetel speaks of a ‘de facto suspension’ of the agreement, since after the failed coup the Turkish officials who acted as […]

EU parliament backs new border force

Seeking to stem the uncontrolled influx of people into the European Union, the European Parliament on Wednesday approved the creation of a new joint European border and coast guard agency to replace Frontex in a bid to reinforce the management and security of its borders. The new agency will also have the power to act […]

Theodorakis: The EU must shift its focus to social policy

The head of the River Stavros Theodorakis met with Germany’s Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Friday morning. The recent British referendum was high up on their agenda, with the Greek opposition leader and German Vice Chancellor agreeing that Europe must focus on social policy. During the meeting, Mr. Theodorakis argued that youth unemployment is a […]

European Parliament approves resolution for swift UK exit

Members of Parliament put the heat on Britain to invoke article 50 of Lisbon Treaty Then European Parliament plenary approved a resolution with 395 notes in favour, 200 against and 71 abstentions calling on Britain to invoke article 50 to start immediate negotiations of terms of exit form Britain from the EU. The talks are […]

Greece’s fragile economy expected to take another hit, this time from British vote to leave EU

Sources from the Bank of Greece assured Friday that the country would only suffer a small impact from the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union thanks to Greece’s financial system being “shielded” by its capital controls, but this blessing in disguise will not protect Greek tourism and exports from suffering a major blow from […]

EU set to drive forward visas for Turks in migrant deal

Despite deep public misgivings in some countries, the European Union will this week drive forward a plan to grant Turks visa-free travel to Europe as a reward for having reduced a flood of refugees and migrants into Europe to a trickle. The European Commission is set to declare on Wednesday that Turkey has broadly met […]

EU to propose visa-free travel for Turks by May 4

A first European Commission report on implementation of last month’s EU-Turkey agreement said good progress had been made but more resources and commitments were needed to carry out sustained returns of migrants from Greece to Turkey and to resettle Syrian refugees from Turkey directly to Europe. The Commission did not say how many of the […]

EU not providing fair and safe reception system in Greece, says Oxfam

The European Union is failing to deliver a fair and safe system for receiving people in Greece, according to charity group Oxfam. The Greek government’s limited capacity and the pressure to meet the terms of the EU-Turkey agreement has led to refugees and migrants being kept in poor conditions, stressed the humanitarian organization in a […]