Frontex must be “contained”

Frontex must be “contained”

Athens, December 10, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Olga Mavrou

Greek government is against the autonomy of  Frontex and the french-german proposal that would have this organization act ex officio. “Frontex must operate under control of the local police forces of the member state” Greeks insist. Their disagreement with the French-german proposal is considered and the main reason they decided to act rather violently and use police force in order to solve the problem of Eidomeni station (in the frontiers with FYROM), with a sweep operation that led almost 2.300 migrants to  Athens. The presence of thousands of  refugees and migrants there for 3 weeks, among other consequences,  caused great economic damage to greek trains. Yet, though the damage was quite big and the greek trains with cargo were halted for nearly 20 days, the government hesitated to use the army or the police, until French and Germans asked for an “upgrade” on Frontex authority and its modus operandi.

The Alternate Minister of Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas argued  that while the support from Frontex is desired, this special force must not be allowed to  intervene in political decisions. Mr.Mouzalas also noted that the proposal for joint border patrols between Greece, FYROM and Frontex has been rejected.

The migrants that were driven to Athens, were informed that they can apply for political asylum. The Greek government among other disagreements with the rest of the EU member states, also stresses the fact  that not only Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis should be allowed to pass their borders as refugees. For example, many Pakitanis come from Baluchistan which is swept by violence. Yemenis also face a damaging war in their country, and Iranians that are Christians, political activists, atheist or gay face severe consequences. Those people deserve also an asylum, since they can not survive in their countries.

But nobody seems to listen to greek objections. This is resulting into turning Greece into a “storage capacity”, though the country is essentially bankrupt and has no facilities for the thousands of migrants and refugees arriving each day.