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Commissioner Johansson: Greece has made key progress on migration issue

Greece has made noteworthy steps toward a contemporary management of the migration issue, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said in Athens on Monday, during a migration event at the related Greek ministry. Johansson had met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the ministry earlier in the day. In …

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EU Agriculture Commissioner visits flooded Thessaly (video)

European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski on Thursday visited areas of Thessaly affected by the flooding caused by the destructive storms, Daniel and Elias. Following an invitation by Rural Development and Foods Minister Lefteris Avgenakis, Wojciechowski flew with a helicopter over the flooded areas in Thessaly, visited farms and talked …

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EU Commissioner urges full investigation into alleged migrants’ pushback in Greece.

The European Commission has called on Greek authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into fresh allegations of illegal migrant deportations, stated Ylva Johansson, the EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner, on Monday. Video footage published by the New York Times on Friday shows the Greek Coast Guard rounding up asylum …

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EU Commissioner tells Greece: Stop “violent” migrants’ deportations or risk losing funds

The European Union’s top migration official told Greece on Thursday to stop “violent” deportations of migrants or risk losing funds. After becoming one of the main destination points during the migration crisis of 2015, Athens has hardened its policy in the past year by increasing land and sea patrols, extending …

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EU commissioner Johansson met with with protests while visiting camps on Lesvos and Samos

The visit of EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on the island of Lesvos and Samos  was met with protests by both locals and refugees. As the Commissioner visited the camps to discuss the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and funding to Greece, charities warned that the …

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EU Health Commissioner in outrage against smoking Greek Health Minister

European Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis was outraged at Alternate Health Minister Pavlos Polakis for disregarding legislation banning smoking in public places. Speaking on the sidelines of an event marking World Cancer Day at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on Athens’s southern coast on Monday, Andriukaitis said that he …

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Greece, FYROM tell EU Commissioner Hahn to mind his own business

Top officials from Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia urged EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn to mind his own business and to not interfere in things he does not understand. A day before Macedonia name talks resumed in Vienna  on Wednesday, Hahn said he was optimistic that …

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Novartis: EU Commissioner to file lawsuit to have “protection status” of witness lifted

EU Migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said that he will file a lawsuit to Greece’s Supreme Court (Arios Pagos) and also a request to lift the protection status of  one of the “protected witnesses” whose testimony has involved the name of former Health Minister in Novartis bribery case. In a press …

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EU Migration Commissioner urges NGOs to manage funds with transparency

EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos urged non-governmental organizations involved in the care of refugees and migrants to manage funds with more transparency. “NGOs must manage available funds with transparency,” Avramopoulos said on Wednesday and called on international organizations operating in the country “to step up their efforts to provide immediate …

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BahamasLeaks: Ex EU Commissioner, Dutch Neelie Kroes, failed to declare she was director of offshore company

A cache of 1.3 million leaked files from tax haven Bahamas revealed that former EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes responsible for Europe’s antitrust watchdog was named as director of an offshore company. She was recruited by United Arab Emirates, which intended to snap up the international assets of the energy company …

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