EU and Greece 'together' on migration, says Schinas

'Country that has received the most EU aid'

07 November, 16:28

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, 07 NOV - "To begin with, the paradigm of migration policy in Greece has changed in the past three years.

    Europe has given more money to Greece for handling migration than anyone else among the 27 member-states," European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas told Greek daily Kathimerini in an interview published on Monday.

    "Therefore, those who want to make Greece and Europe appear at odds over the migration issue have the wrong end of the stick, because not only are we entirely aware of the situation in Greece, we are basically together with Greece in its management," the member of the Greek party Nea Dimokratia said, underscoring that the Frontex mission in Greece is the largest in Europe.

    Thanks to EU funds, Greece has built five new migrant identification and reception facilities in the northeastern islands of the Aegean Sea.

    Questioned on accusations of Turkey's "instrumentalizing the refugee crisis", he answered: "the Turkish state is not always as diligent about guarding the borders as we need it to be.

    Sometimes it is, and sometimes it's not." He added that , "now we will give them more money to bolster and improve control of their border to the east, with Afghanistan and Iran, because we have an increase there too" of irregular migrant entrances.

    He then praised border control activities by the Greek government and Frontex in the Aegean Sea, adding that, "we're seeing flows covering long distances in large sailboats and other vessels toward Southern Italy and Central Europe. Turkey has an obligation to stop these flows." (ANSAmed).

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