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The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and EU

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5.12.2018 – High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini met today in Brussels with Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Defence Radmila Šekerinska and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. They discussed the steps leading to the implementation of the Prespa agreement signed [...]

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Greece begins a new chapter following the conclusion of its stability support programme

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20.8.2018 – Greece has successfully concluded a three year European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support programme with its place at the heart of the euro area and European Union secured. The successful conclusion of the programme is a testament to the efforts of the Greek people, the country’s commitment to reform, and the solidarity of [...]

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Fires in the EU

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24.7.2018 – The Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre is working 24/7 and is in constant contact with the authorities of Greece, Sweden and Latvia which have all requested EU support following the unprecedented forest fires which are raging across Europe. Following the devastating fires in Greece, President Juncker spoke to President of the Hellenic Republic, [...]

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Aid to Bolgaria and Greece tackling migration crisis

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The European Commission has decided on the 7.2. 2017 to award an additional €3.9 million in emergency funding to Greece under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to help improve reception conditions for migrants on the Greek islands. This is to further support EU financed actions carried out by the Ministry of Defence to provide catering, [...]

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Eurogroup reaches breakthrough for Greece

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Eurogroup agreement on the 25 May 2016 represents a breakthrough in several ways. It opens the way not only for the disbursement of the second tranche of the ESM programme amounting to EUR 10.3 bn but also for measures on debt relief, which will be implemented on a gradual basis. Above all, it will serve [...]

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Commission awards €25 million to the European Asylum Support Office in Greece

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The European Commission has awarded €25 million in emergency funding on 24 May 2016 to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) to enhance its capacity to further support the Greek authorities. These additional resources will be used to support the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement and the EU emergency relocation scheme. The funding is provided [...]

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56 million aid to migrants in Greece

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The European Commission has awarded €56 million in emergency funding to improve conditions for migrants in Greece, to increase the capacities of the Greek authorities to register newly arriving migrants and to process their asylum claims. €46 million is provided under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and €10 million comes from the Internal [...]

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Council adopts recommendation to address deficiencies in external borders

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On 12 February 2016, the Council adopted a recommendation on addressing serious deficiencies identified during an evaluation of Greece’s application of the Schengen acquis in the area of external border management. The recommendation proposes to Greece remedial action to address these deficiencies. The action recommended covers areas such as registration procedures, sea border surveillance, border [...]

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Commission travel to Member States most affected by the refugee crisis

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First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Avramopoulos travelled to Athens and Kos, as part of the Commission’s visits to several of the Member States most affected by the refugee crisis, to discuss the necessary support measures. In Athens, they will meet all the relevant interlocutors in the Greek authorities, including interim Prime Minister Vassiliki Thanou and [...]

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Greek agreement

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Eurozone finance ministers agreed on Friday to lend Greece up to €86 billion in return for an unprecedented package of reforms that Athens had previously rejected and which has divided Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his party. Assuming approval by the German and other parliaments, €13 billion should be in Athens next Thursday to pay [...]

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What the Greek and Iranian Deals Are Not

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This month’s agreements on the Greek crisis and Iran’s nuclear program are undoubtedly important achievements. But the comparisons that have accompanied both deals have tended toward hyperbole, impeding rational discussion of their implications for Europe, the Middle East, and the prospects for international diplomacy. The deal between Greece and its creditors, for example, has been [...]

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Commission mobilizes more EU funds for Greece

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Following the agreement paving the way for a new support program for Greece, the European Commission revealed plans to further help Greece maximize its use of EU funds. As agreed on the Euro Summit on 12/13 July, this will help mobilize more than €35 billion Euros until 2020 with the  aim to support the Greek [...]

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Grexit not for now

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In the early morning of 13 July, after seventeen hours of negotiations and after an almost equally long meeting of Finance Ministers in the Eurogroup, the Euro Summit agreed to start negotiations on a support programme for Greece under the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). This programme will be subject to strict conditions and will be [...]

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Greece before the announced referenda on Sunday

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In a view of the Sunday referendum in Greece on the European institution’ proposal ( proposals here), there are heated debates in Greece and elsewhere. 3o June is a deadline for Greece to repay  1.6 billion euro to the IMF, and failure to pay could mean that the country is bankrupt. To enhance the transparency, [...]

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The Costs of Grexit

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Earlier this week ( today Wednesday 4 March), following days of tense discussions, the new government in Athens reached an agreement with its eurozone creditors that includes a package of immediate reforms and a four-month extension of the financial assistance program. But, despite Europe’s collective sigh of relief, the compromise does not preclude the need [...]

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