Stylianides in Athens to reaffirm solidarity: “Greece is not alone during these difficult times”

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Refugees warm themselves by a fire at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, northern Greece, 10 March 2016. After Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia have sealed their borders to the migration flow, tens of thousands of people are left stranded in Greece, where most migrants enter the European Union to continue on to countries in Europe. Greece estimates that more than 25,000 migrants are presently on its territory, with more than half stuck at the makeshift camp Idomeni, on the border with Macedonia.

As Stylianides visits Athens with new humanitarian crisis financing tool in his hands, Tsipras urges to prove to the European Commission that the Greek State is doing anything possible to host stranded refugees.


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European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides met on Friday with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, in order to reaffirm the full partnership and solidarity of the European Commission on Greece for refugees stranded in this country”, as Margaritis Schinas, European Commission Chief Spokesperson underlined during Friday’s Midday briefing in Brussels.

Stylianidis endorsed Greek people’s generosity to the refugees, setting “an example for us all”. “Solidarity is at the heart of the new instrument we are creating for emergency support within Europe. This is exactly why I visited Athens today. To reaffirm our solidarity with Greece and to consult and coordinate our future complementary actions. We all share the same goal: to tackle effectively the increasing needs of refugees hosted in Greece and to alleviate their suffering. Greece is not alone during these difficult times”, stressed Stylianidis at Maximos Mansion.

“The Greek State has, despite the financial difficulties, has managed to increase its accommodation and hospitality opportunities, as we are constructing 10.000 seats per week. This is something that no NGO can do, however important the contribution”, underlined Tsipras. “Therefore, the serious work of the Greek State has to benefit from widespread and substantial support from the European Commission and from ay individual States that want to help, either in logistical assistance, or personnel”, added the Greek Prime Minister, expressing the opinion that the humanitarian crisis that takes place in Idomeni, is not a Greek case, “it is a European matter and we must face it together”, concluded Tsipras.

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