Saturday May 23, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Evros fence ‘ready in weeks’

A fence along the Greek-Turkish border, designed to prevent illegal immigration through the northern region of Evros, will be up and fully operational by the end of the month, authorities have told Kathimerini.

More than half of the planned 12.5-kilometer fence has already been constructed and the remainder will be in place before November, according to an official at the border crossing, which already has seen a sharp drop in illegal arrivals due to a joint crackdown by Greek police and officers of the European Union’s border monitoring agency Frontex.

Plans for the 3-meter-high, barbed-wire-topped fence were scorned earlier this year by a European Commission official as “pointless,” but European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom, who toured the border region and visited four migrant reception centers last week, refrained from similar criticism. Malmstrom urged authorities to improve conditions at reception centers on the islands of the Aegean which have seen a surge in illegal arrivals following the crackdown at the land border. She also prodded Greek authorities to upgrade a lax system for processing asylum claims by migrants meriting international protection.

The Swedish commissioner, who held talks with Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras during her visit, said that she would push for an increase in the European Union’s contribution to funding for Greece’s immigration crackdown, from 75 percent to 95 percent of the budget. She noted however that much of the EU funding being released to Greece for curbing illegal immigration had not been used.

Greek authorities last week continued to deport dozens of undocumented migrants, many of whom have reportedly asked to be returned to their homelands after failing to find work in crisis-hit Greece. On Wednesday, a charter flight deported 68 Pakistanis, 15 of whom had been in detention and the remainder of whom had applied to be repatriated.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday October 13, 2012 (18:08)  
Deal no closer following PM’s meetings in Riga
Greece to back NATO-led campaign against ISIS, Kammenos says
SYRIZA, ND waver over agreement
Nearly 800 irregular migrants detained as EU mulls refugee relocation plan
Car sales drop a gear on VAT rate uncertainty
Different scenarios of changes to value-added tax rates have paralyzed the car market in the last couple of weeks. Expectations for a rate cut from 23 to 18 percent, and the government’s int...
Bulk of loan requests comes from food service
The Greek growth model for small and medium-sized enterprises during the period of the crisis will have to change, senior banking officials stress. The majority of demands for corporate fina...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Greece escapes soccer suspension, FIFA happy with changes
FIFA says it is satisfied with changes made to sporting law in Greece, and has dropped a threat to suspend the country from international competition. In a letter to the government dated May...
SOCCER
Four-goal Panathinaikos thrashes Asteras away
Panathinaikos thrashed Asteras at Tripoli to gain an early advantage in the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League qualifiers, as the Super League play-offs got under way on Wedne...
Inside Sports
EDITORIAL
Consensus is key
The education bill that has been put forward by Greece’s leftist-led government has to be the subject of extensive public consultation. Even more importantly, it needs to be approved in Parl...
COMMENTARY
The other inequality: how the state spends our money
Growing inequality between rich and poor across the world has rightly become the focus of much investigation and analysis. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development underline...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Deal no closer following PM’s meetings in Riga
2. Greece to back NATO-led campaign against ISIS, Kammenos says
3. SYRIZA, ND waver over agreement
4. Nearly 800 irregular migrants detained as EU mulls refugee relocation plan
5. Car sales drop a gear on VAT rate uncertainty
6. Bulk of loan requests comes from food service
more news
Today
This Week
1. Merkel stamps out brief optimism on Greece after Tsipras talks
2. Lessons from Israel’s tech miracle
3. Tsipras to meet Juncker on second day of Riga summit
4. Civil aviation staff to hold walkout on holiday weekend
5. Banks will be asked to revise their restructuring plans
6. EOPYY struggles for funding, sees overdue debt rise
Today
This Week
1. The Greek-German breakthrough that didn’t come
2. Conspiracy madness
3. Greece came close to not paying IMF
4. National self-awareness put to the test
5. Albanian demarche raises concerns about possible territorial claims over Greece
6. Greek endgame nears for Tsipras as bank collateral hits buffers
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.