Athens, March 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
A plan to create 30,000 new hosting places for refugees and immigrants within 20 days was presented at the government council meeting under the Prime minister, held on Thursday.
At a press conference the representative of the Coordinating Organ, Giorgos Kyritsis, said that the government intensifies the briefing of refugees and immigrants who remain in Idomeni that the borders have been closed, in order for those who wish it to relocate in hosting centers. On Monday, this effort will intensify.
Kyritsis reiterated that Athens has met the obligations arising from the EU – Turkey Agreement on March 18. In this context, on Wednesday will be filed a bill to resolve procedural issues that require legal arrangements.
“There are no detention centers in mainland Greece, closed-centers exist in the islands under the Agreement that was made”, he noted, adding that “flows were much smaller today, with less than 50 persons having crossed”.
“Perhaps it might be the weather, but we want to follow the matter to see if it is a coincidence”, he said.
Dritsas: “There will be no backing down from the Agreement due to the attacks”
Neither side has raised the issue of the non-implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement had replied earlier the Maritime and Island Policy minister Thodoris Dritsas, when while he was leaving the Maximos Mansion he was asked by reporters if after the terrorist attack in Brussels the government is worried that may some parties might back down and ask not to implement the Agreement.
Dritsas participated in meeting of the Governing Council on the Refugee and Migration Policy convened at Maximos Mansion by the Prime minister. When asked if there will be actions to reduce congestion in Piraeus, Dritsas replied affirmatively. He further said that the current meeting was not extraordinary and that there will be announcements concerning its content.