Athens, October 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The European Commission estimates that in two weeks at most the efugee registration centers (hot spots) in Greece will be operational. The statement was made by the deputy Commission representative Mina Andreeva.
The spokeswoman stressed that European Commission president J.C. Juncker spoke on the telephone with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann who visited Greece yesterday, and proposed that additional manpower and experts to assist Frontex efforts are sent.
Furthermore, the Commission representative Margaritis Schinas said that apart from the capacity of Frontex, the Commission has sent experts to Greece to assist local authorities in the process of refugee registration, both on the islands and in Athens. At the same time, he said, there is a core group in Piraeus coordinating the whole effort. “We need more people, more money and we need to work hard to achieve it,” said M. Shinas.
Moreover, M. Andreeva confirmed that the first resettlement will be carried out on Friday. They are refugees from Eritrea who will move from Italy to Sweden.
Finally, as regards the Action Plan for EU-Turkey cooperation on the refugee issue, M. Schinas said there was “mutual desire to move quickly.” He added that senior executives of the Commission are in Ankara to promote the Plan for cooperation with Turkey in the refugee issue and for this purpose Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans will visit Turkey in the coming days.