Juncker on refugee crisis: “It was foreseen that this would lead to a huge humanitarian crisis n Greece”

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Refugees situation in Idomeni, Greece, at the borders with FYROM

European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker appears “worried” about situation at Greece – FYROM border, paying tribute to Norway’s crisis response.


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“We are not only concerned, but really worried about what is happening there. It was foreseen that it would lead to a huge humanitarian crisis in Greece”, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said about the humanitarian situation created on the Greece – FYROM border area at the crossing-point of Idomeni.

Juncker has paid tribute to Norway’s response on refugee crisis during a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Brussels. “Norway is ready to take part in the European relocation program, and I would strongly recommend to the member states of the EU to follow that example”, added Juncker, reminding the “huge” effort of Norway in London’s Syria conference last month.

From her side, the Norwegian Prime Minister called the work being done by Italian authorities and FRONTEX “invaluable”, as the combined efforts have saved 12,000 lives. “We decided to offer FRONTEX a ship for another six months. In this way, Norway continues its substantial contribution to FRONTEX operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea” stressed Solberg, underlining that the most important issue that occupied the conversation between the two, EC’s President and Norway’s Prime Minister, had been “on how to restore a system of solidarity based on the values that Europe is known for”.

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