The delicate balancing act in tense EU-Turkish relations continues ahead of the European Council meeting in Brussels on June 24-25, as evidenced by the draft conclusions of the meeting that have been seen by Kathimerini.

Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis attends Tuesday’s meeting of the EU’s Home Affairs Council. [Zucchi Enzo/European Union/ANA-MPA]

The European Union remains sharply divided on migration, with the five Mediterranean “first reception” countries – Greece among them – demanding guarantees that arriving migrants and refugees will be evenly distributed across the bloc.ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ/European Union/Zucchi-Enzo


The European Union’s border and coast guard agency is being given additional tasks, like playing a greater role in the deportation of migrants, at a time when it is incapable even of fulfilling the duties it was ordered to carry out five years ago, the European Court of Auditors warned Monday.


Greece will use the money provided through the EU’s Recovery Fund – 18.2 billion euros in subsidies and €12.7 billion in loans, to be augmented by private capital – to aid vulnerable groups, small and medium-sized enterprises, the islands and culture, while also placing emphasis on training programs, government officials say.