The European Commission approved an additional €10 million EU aid to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to better control its borders.

The European Commission announced today that the EU aid will help FYROM to improve its border and migration management systems in the context of the European refugee crisis. Every day, thousands of people in need are passing through FYROM to reach the final EU destinations (mainly the EU countries with decent living standards,) and authorities in the Balkan country are under pressure to control the flow.

The Commission says that the EU aid will help the national authorities to deal with migrant-smuggling activities and better identify false documents. The EU said in a press release, that the identification and registration of asylum seekers and migrants remains a challenge for all countries along the so-called Western Balkan route, which starts from Greece and usually finishes in Germany.

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said about the new aid. “The refugee crisis has put a particularly high pressure on the countries along the (Western Balkan) route and Europe must stand united in tackling this situation. This new funding will help the authorities of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to improve border and migration management, and support their costs relating to the guest officers sent by EU Member States and Serbia to the country’s southern border. This support is complementary to the actions taken to support Greece, including through FRONTEX.”

The EU has stressed that several EU Member States and Serbia have deployed their border guards to FYROM’s southern border to strengthen the country’s border and migration management activities with respect to border checks, border surveillance and registration activities.