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EU allocates EUR 83 million to improve conditions for refugees in Greece

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Tuesday, 19 April, the European Commission announced the decision to allocate EUR 83 million as part of the commission’s approved new emergency aid instrument to improve the living conditions of refugees in Greece. This money will be provided to the UN Refugee Agency, International Federation of the Red Cross and six international NGOs.

These partners will cooperate with Greece’s NGOs, as reported by the European Commission’s press-service in Latvia.

On Tuesday, European Union Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christs Stylianidis signed the first agreements in Athens to help member states to overcome the crisis. «We need to improve living conditions for refugees and migrants in Europe as soon as possible. The first realized projects will provide proof that the EU is capable of overcoming challenges. Funding will be provided to humanitarian aid partners that work with the Greek government and local NGOs. This will ensure assistance is well-organized,» – said the commissar.

He met with Greek Minister Ioannis Mouzalas. Together with Mayor of Athens Giorgo Kamini, they visited projects that are aimed to support refugees in Eleonas. Thanks to the new projects, EC will be able to provide thousands of refugees and migrants in Greece basic healthcare, food, better hygiene and temporary housing.

This financial support will be provided in addition to EU’s promised support in relation to the refugee crisis in Greece. Since 2015, Greece has received financing worth EUR 181 million from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and International Safety Fund.

On 2 March, the European Commission called for a quicker and more targeted response to serious crisis situations, including the refugee crisis. In 13 April, the European Parliament approved the budget necessary for the first part of support from the EU. It is estimated that EUR 300 million will be necessary in 2016 to finance efforts and employ other forms of support. It is expected that the remaining funding fill become available later in the year.

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