Bertaud: EU Commission ready to assist Greece with situation at refugee/migrant centres

The European Commission is ready to assist Greek authorities financially and technically so that they can deal with the situation in refugee and migrant reception centres, Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said on Monday.

Commenting on the conditions at the centres on the Greek islands during a recent severe cold front that left many migrant centres snowbound, Bertaud stated that the current situation was inadequate. She noted, however, that responsibility for ensuring suitable conditions and for the management of reception centres primarily belongs to Greek authorities. The Commission was monitoring the situation closely and doing everything in its power to support Greek authorities, she added.

Bertaud also noted that the Commission has already pointed out the necessity to set up additional reception facilities for the refugees on the islands and has informed local and national authorities that it is prepared to finance these.