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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-31

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

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  • [01] Commission: April 4 target for start of 1:1 resettlement scheme from Turkey remains
  • [02] Auctioning of new Athens metro line to start in summer

  • [01] Commission: April 4 target for start of 1:1 resettlement scheme from Turkey remains

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/ M. Aroni) The April 4 target for the start of a 1:1 resettlement scheme of refugees from Turkey remains, European Commission spokesperson for migration issues Natasha Bertaud said on Thursday. On April 4, she explained, the EU will begin returns of asylum seekers whose applications have not been accepted and can receive protection in Turkey, at the same time as a programme for the resettlement of Syrian refugees from Turkey to the EU.

    Bertaud did not go into the operation's practical details, noting only that Greek and Turkish authorities were working together closely, with the assistance of EU coordinator for the refugee crisis Maarten Verwey. European Commissioner for Migration Policy Dimitris Avramopoulos and Verwey will visit Ankara on April 3, she added.

    With respect to the legislation that needs to be passed in order for asylum seekers to be returned to Turkey, Bertaud said that Greece was expected to pass this over the next few days. Turkey, on its part, must also pass the relevant legislation by April 4 and the visit by Avramopoulos to Ankara aimed to facilitate this, she added.

    Bertaud underlined, however, that Turkey's policy regarding refugees must be fully compatible with international standards on human rights.

    [02] Auctioning of new Athens metro line to start in summer

    The first section of Athens' fourth metro line will be auctioned off during the summer and the second by the end of the year, Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis said on Thursday in an interview with public broadcaster ERT.

    The aim, he said, is to auction two-thirds of the project by the end of 2016.

    Line 4 will cost 3.5 billion euros and will be constructed with a public–private partnership (PPP) and not by concession, which will make it the country's first such project in this category.


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