New Emergency Assistance instrument to provide €700 million on refugee crisis; first 308 returns to Turkey confirmed


The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides gives a press briefing at EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 02 March 2016. The European Union should provide 700 million euros (760 million US dollars) in emergency aid through 2018 for the member states worst affected by Europe's migration crisis, the bloc's executive proposed on 02 March 2016. The suggestion comes amid chaos at Greece's border with Macedonia, where thousands of migrants have become stranded after Austria and Balkan countries started restricting passage through their countries.

A new tool on tackling migration crisis, was proposed by the European Commission on Wednesday, as presented by Christos Stylianides.

A new funding instrument has been proposed by the European Commission in response to the refugee crisis as flows continue and the border between the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece remains de facto closed.

Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management presented the proposal on Wednesday 2 March. The initiative provides for an initial budget of €700 million from 2016-2018 and is expected to be accepted “immediately” by the European Coun...

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