Commissioner Avramopoulos: Relocation figures positive but still missing the targets

The figures on the implementation of the refugees relocation programme show a positive trend, but they are missing the targets, EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos on Tuesday said in reply to a question submitted by European Parliament Vice President Dimitris Papadimoulis.

“The 9th report reaffirms that the relocations from Greece have been stabilised to 1,000 per month. On February 7, 11,966 persons (8,766 from Greece) were relocated. Although the data show a positive trend, they are still missing the targets set from the Commission in the 8th report,” Avramopoulos said.

Regarding Greece, he said that the targets set were fully supported by the European Council, but the relocation procedure needs to be accelerated in order to meet the obligations provided for in the Council’s decisions. He added that all the necessary measures need to be taken from Greece, the member states and interested parties included in the report