Athens, February 17, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Four of the five refugee registration centers in the islands and one return center are ready, announced the minister of Defence Panos Kammenos and the deputy minister for Migration Policy Yannis Mouzalas, on a press conference for Greece’s obligations towards the EU.
They added that the registration center in Kos will be ready in 5 days. In Samos, where the recording center will be based, will be ready on July 23, due to the expansion of facilities.
As Mouzalas explained, the refugee relocation center in Diavata will not be replaced, but will be extended with proper land formation of the port of Thessaloniki.
Also present in the press conference where the ministers of Citizen Protection Nikos Toskas, deputy minister of Defence Demetris Vitsas and the Transport and Infrastructure minister Panagiotis Sgouridis.
All ministers praised the armed forces for their great help in the completion of the works, so that the country could meet its obligations, which, as they pointed out, is in its best interest.
Support from Germany
“To just raise a fence in Macedonia, which is not even a member of the European Union, without taking into account the state of emergency it would bring Greece, it would not just be a non-European behavior, but it would also not solve our problems”, said in an interview chancellor Angela Merkel and appeared convinced for the importance of the Schengen and determined to make every effort to maintain it.
The article of the vice-chancellor and chairman of the Social Democrats Sigmar Gabriel in the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine in favour of the maintenance of Greece in the Schengen zone, expresses the entire government, said on Monday the government spokesman Steffen Zaimpert.
As he stated in the government briefing on Monday, Gabriel’s article advocates a european solution to the refugee crisis. Clearly referring to Greece, Zaimpert pointed out that any solution “cannot be at the expense of an EU member state”.
Sigmar Gabriel had made an appeal to not rule out Greece from the Schengen Treaty. “The exclusion or marginalization of a member – state is a ‘false solution’ that poisons the European Union”, he argued, and called for a reduction of the greek debt, predicting a political destabilisation.