PM to push efforts to set up service for migration
The government has yet to set up a service for the management of European Union subsidies for tackling immigration and asylum applications despite the approval in Parliament last month of legislation foreseeing the service, which is a prerequisite for Greece to continue receiving funding.
Despite a relentless influx of migrants, the government has yet to find a building to house the service or staff it, Kathimerini has learned. The shortfall was the focus of a recent telephone conversation between European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Kathimerini understands. According to sources close to Avramopoulos, the two men discussed “the urgent need” for the government to appoint an authority to handle EU funding to Greece for immigration and asylum. Kathimerini understands that Tsipras is very worried about the situation and is said to be planning a crisis meeting. Government sources indicate that Alternate Minister for Immigration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou is regarded as chiefly responsible for the problem. In comments to Kathimerini, she welcomed Tsipras’s involvement to accelerate the process. She noted that the bill foreseeing the creation of the immigration service was only passed into law last month and that its establishment in a matter of days is no easy matter.