Commissioner Avramopoulos: EC will not send an ultimatum to Greece concerning its handling of the asylum procedure

The European Commission will not send an ultimatum to Greece concerning its handling of the asylum procedure for refugees, the EU’s Commissioner on migration Dimitris Avramopoulos told journalists in Strasburg on Tuesday, adding Greek authorities are doing their best.

The Commission proposed the extension of the temporary internal border controls in five member-states for an additional three months.

“Greek authorities are doing their best, with the full support of our services and the Commission generally. I hope and believe that the current situation will not continue in the coming months. No, we will not send an ultimatum to Greece, because they’re doing all they can; we are helping and supporting them and we hope than soon, even the asylum procedure will be fully normalized,” he responded when asked if the prolongation of the border controls is related to Greece’s delays in the handling of migration.

He also said that the 60,000 refugees and migrants currently in Greece will not stay there forever.