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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-07

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Tsipras has a series of contacts ahead of EU summit
  • [02] High Representative Mogherini and Commissioner Avramopoulos welcome the modalities of their cooperation in the Aegean
  • [03] Greece hosts 33,320 refugees, Migration Management Centre says
  • [04] 337 refugees crossed the Greek-FYROM buffer zone in 24h

  • [01] PM Tsipras has a series of contacts ahead of EU summit

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday will have a series of contacts in Brussels ahead of the EU summit later in the day.

    At 9.15 am Tsipras will meet the Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, at 10.00 am. At 10.30 am he will meet his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu and at 11.00 the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    A meeting of the EU member states has been scheduled around 15.00 (local time), following the EU-Turkey meeting.

    The Greek prime minister is expected to reiterate the need to meet the terms of the EU agreements on the refugee issue and put pressure on Turkey to speed up the readmission procedures.

    [02] High Representative Mogherini and Commissioner Avramopoulos welcome the modalities of their cooperation in the Aegean

    "We welcome that Frontex and NATO reached a common understanding today on the modalities of their cooperation in the Aegean Sea," High Representative Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said in a joint statement.

    These operational modalities will maximise the effectiveness, ensure consistency and complementarity of the FRONTEX operation "Poseidon Rapid Intervention" in the area and the efforts of NATO's support activities, they said.

    According to the joint statement, the decision of NATO to assist in the conduct of reconnaissance, monitoring and surveillance of illegal crossings in the Aegean Sea is an important contribution to international efforts to tackle smuggling and irregular migration in the Aegean Sea in the context of the refugee crisis.

    [03] Greece hosts 33,320 refugees, Migration Management Centre says

    A total of 33,320 refugees are currently in the Greek territory, according to the data of the Coordinating Centre for the Management of Migration.

    6,211 refugees are on the islands with the majority of them on Lesvos (3,550), Chios (1,422) and Samos (489) while 27,109 people are on the mainland (8,000 at Idomeni, 3,400 at Herso, 2,200 at Piraeus, 3,570 at Elliniko, 2,136 at Diavata, 2,797 at Nea Kavala, 1,050 at Polykastro and 1,423 at Schisto.

    [04] 337 refugees crossed the Greek-FYROM buffer zone in 24h

    A total of 337 refugees managed to cross the Greek-FYROM buffer zone over the last 24 hours.

    According to police, more than 12,000 refugees have been stranded at the camp at Idomeni.


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