Greece has lodged objections to the UN over an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law, a Greek government spokesman said on Tuesday cited by news wires. Last week Athens expelled the Libyan ambassador in response to the deal, which skirts the Greek island of Crete and infringes its continental shelf.
Greece will shut down overcrowded refugee camps on its Aegean islands and replace them with more restrictive holding centres, authorities said last Wednesday. The move is part of a government plan to tackle the resurgence in migrant arrivals in the last months. Vowing to tighten its borders and clear away bottlenecks in asylum procedures, Greek parliament approved earlier this month tougher asylum guidelines
Under continuous migrant flow, Greece promised on Tuesday to further toughen asylum rules by reviewing asylum application procedure for migrants, expanding detention powers, and speeding up deportations as authorities struggle to cope with a surge in new arrivals, news wires reported. The 250-page draft legislation submitted to parliament also calls for tougher criteria in assessing asylum claims
Europe must be ready for the possibility of a new refugee influx, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday, as an unfolding Turkish offensive in Syria could see more people flee the conflict-ridden region.
Leaders of Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia signed a so-called “mini-Schengen” deal on Thursday, which envisages free movement of people, goods, capital, and services between the three Western Balkan countries, news wires reported.
Key contracts for the Greece-Bulgaria Gas Interconnector were signed Thursday at the Ministry of Energy. Both parties signed a tax regime agreement for the Interconnector project, as well as other contracts connected to key commitments and activities for the construction of the interconnector, including a loan agreement between the European Investment Bank and Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD, gas transmission agreements, etc.
Greek private sector workers walked off the job on Wednesday and marched through the streets of Athens to protest against labour reforms proposed by the new conservative government which they say will weaken unions and curb their right to strike. Ships stayed docked in port, trains went out of service and bank services were disrupted as part of the 24-hour strike, the second such walkout nationwide within a week, news wires reported.
Thousands of migrants clogged at overcrowded migrant camps on the island of Lesbos in Greece should return to Turkey, the Greek government declared last Monday, a day after a deadly fire broke out at the Moria camp. Athens wants to send back to Turkey at least 10,000 migrants by the end of 2020, in a bid to ease pressure on the overcrowded camps at the Aegean islands, the government said in a statement following the four-hour cabinet meeting.
The Greek coast guard has sent a new request, the second within three weeks, for additional assistance from Frontex, amid the recent surge in migrant flows to the islands of the eastern Aegean, Kathimerini newspaper reported on Monday. More specifically, Greece has asked the European Border and Coast Guard Agency to provide state-of-the-art monitoring equipment – mainly radars and thermal cameras.