Skopje, 18 September 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
The European Commission has allocated a 24 million euro aid fund for FYR Macedonia to cope with the refugee crisis.
This was said by the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, who added that this fund was secured through IPA funds for FYROM and other countries of Western Balkans to help them face the crisis of refugees.
“To help with the refugee crisis in these countries, we have allocated 45 million euros for Serbia and 24 million euros for Macedonia and if it’s necessary, we will also allocate extra funds”, Hahn declared.
The news was confirmed by the Secretariat for European Integration at the government of FYROM. Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Besimi declared that out of 24 million euros that were allocated, 12 million have been given in the framework of IPA1.
“In the framework of IPA 2 program for 2016, the EU has planned on allocating 12 million euros for the government. The money will help in applying our policy on migrants through a number of activities”, deputy Prime Minister Besimi declared. /ibna/