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Parliamentary questions
13 June 2018
E-000251/2018
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission

The Commission has been providing substantial financial and technical assistance to Greece to improve, inter alia, reception conditions in all accommodation facilities, on the islands and in the mainland. The Greek authorities have taken up several initiatives with a view to ensure that the living conditions for all migrants, including vulnerable persons and unaccompanied minors, especially in the camps on the islands, are adequate and cater for the increased needs due to bad weather conditions.

In particular, the capacity of the hotspots has been extended to accommodate additional housing units and replace summer tents and satisfactory heating capacity has been put in place. Overall, both in the mainland and in the islands 47 500 reception places have been agreed between the Commission and the Greek authorities to accommodate migrants, asylum applicants and beneficiaries of international protection(1). Out of these, indicatively up to 13 000 are on the islands and 34 500 places in the mainland of which over 24 500 are in rental accommodation under the ESTIA (Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation funded by the Commission) Programme. Simultaneously, efforts are ongoing to guarantee the sustainability of services provided, such as cleaning, sanitation and healthcare.

Finally, the Commission continues to monitor the situation on the ground and works tirelessly, together with the EU agencies, to support the Greek authorities, which remain responsible for ensuring and providing adequate reception conditions for irregular migrants and applicants for international protection in accordance with the EU acquis.

(1)According to the 2018 financial planning (FP).

Last updated: 14 June 2018Legal notice