Athens, February 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Deputy Interior Minister for Migration Policy Giannis Mouzalas issues expressed his satisfaction, shortly after the EU Council of Interior Ministers, with the political support he received by most countries members, to the objections of Greece against the policy of Austria, and in particular, against the initiative to convene in Vienna a mini conference on the refugee issue.
During the meeting the minister stressed that the stance of Austria is unilateral, not friendly and violates previous decisions of the EU summit. He added that the position of Austria harms Greece, depriving it from the time it needs to prepare, while at the same time damages the EU, by raising national unilateral solutions in conjunction with other countries (Visegrad) and countries that are not EU members.
G. Mouzalas denied that the atmosphere was “electrified” during the meeting. On the contrary, he said that the atmosphere was friendly, as the majority of countries expressed their opposition to the unilateral actions. He noted, however, that there was little tension given the differences of opinion between Athens and Vienna on the subject.
The deputy Interior minister also did not shy away from the fact that Greece may face “difficult times” in the coming days, noting however that “we will succeed”.
Finally, G. Mouzalas said that Greece is currently not requested humanitarian aid from Europe, but noted that Athens has prepared a contingency plan which has been submitted to the European Commission and the EU Dutch Presidency.