Bud­get short­fall to af­fect po­lice, fire ser­vice, mi­grants

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The Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­istry’s bud­get for 2017 has a short­fall of around 160 mil­lion eu­ros, ac­cord­ing to a min­istry doc­u­ment sent to the Gen­eral Ac­count­ing Of­fice last month and seen by Kathimerini.

The doc­u­ment refers to “in­ad­e­quate credit” and pro­vides an anal­y­sis of the short­fall. The Greek Po­lice lacks 120 mil­lion eu­ros, the fire ser­vice needs an­other 34 mil­lion eu­ros and 5.6 mil­lion eu­ros is miss­ing from the funds set aside for Greece’s man­age­ment of the refugee cri­sis.

The short­fall is fu­el­ing fears among au­thor­i­ties that ELAS and the fire ser­vice will soon be­gin to face op­er­a­tional prob­lems.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the short­fall is ex­pected to af­fect the pay­ment of wages, the sup­ply of fuel and the main­te­nance of ve­hi­cles. There are also said to be in­suf­fi­cient funds to feed mi­grants cur­rently housed in re­cep­tion cen­ters.

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