Greece strives to use EU funds

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Greece is strug­gling to make use of EU money for mi­grants and refugees af­ter hav­ing ab­sorbed just a frac­tion of the 509 mil­lion euros in fund­ing for up to 2020. So far, Athens has used about 2 per­cent of 294.6 mil­lion euros from the EU’s Asy­lum, Mi­gra­tion and In­te­gra­tion Fund, and around 25 per­cent of 214.8 mil­lion euros from the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Fund.

Greek au­thor­i­ties blame the slow ab­sorp­tion rate on emer­gency con­di­tions caused by the mi­grant in­flux, whereas Brus­sels has pointed to tech­ni­cal faults on the other end.

Athens, how­ever, ap­pears more flex­i­ble ab­sorb­ing sep­a­rate EU emer­gency fund­ing: From about 350 mil­lion euros for 2015-16, some 175 mil­lion has gone to state agen­cies.

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