Greece: migrant crisis overwhelms Syriza government

EU criticizes Athens; Tsipras calls emergency meeting

07 August, 13:44

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, AUGUST 7 - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to chair an emergency government meeting on Friday to address the refugee crisis facing Greece, which has been compounded by serious funding problems in Athens. The meeting, as Kathimerini online reprts, was called in the wake of European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos informing Tsipras that Greece was missing out on more than 500 million euros in European Union funding because it has failed to set up a service to absorb and allocate this money for immigration and asylum projects. Kathimerini understands that Avramopoulos has told the prime minister Greece will be given as a down payment 4% of the total funding due over a six-year period. This will be followed by another 3% to cover actions this year. Tsipras is due to discuss this issue, as well as the soaring number of refugees and migrants reaching Greece, with Alternate Minister for Immigration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou and several other cabinet members today.

    Christodoulopoulou admitted Thursday that the government has so far fallen short on this matter. (ANSAmed).

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