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European Commission and Frontex assess implementation of EU Assistance

29/09/2016 - 00:00
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Experts from the European Commission and FRONTEX (the EU's border management agency) visited the country for three days (26-28 September) to assess the implementation of current EU assistance in the area of border and migration management and future needs.

They met with the relevant authorities and visited the reception centre in Vinojug, the Asylum Centre in Vizbegovo and the Centre for Irregular Migrants in Gazi Baba.

The EU assistance to the country aimed at dealing with the refugee crisis has reached nearly 19 million over the last year.

The European Union is supporting the government institutions at national and local level with new equipment and vehicles worth 3 million euro.

The European Union is supporting the border and migration management capabilities of the Border police with 9 million euro.

Until March 2016, the government paid from the national budget for the stay of border guards – both guest officers and local police who need to be redeployed to the Southern Border from other parts of the country. Since then, the European Union has paid for their accommodation and meals as well as fuel for their cars.

The European Union will support the medical staff of the Ministry of Health to provide services to migrants with 2,5 million euro, as well as the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to refurbish the premises that can accommodate migrants, as well as schemes for assisted voluntary return of migrants (contract with implementing agency before signature).

For more information on the EU assistance to the country for dealing with the migration crisis please click here.