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Parliamentary question - E-000603/2021Parliamentary question

    Conditions in the Mavrovouni ‘temporary’ camp on Lesbos

    Question for written answer  E-000603/2021
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Erik Marquardt (Verts/ALE)

    Refugees have not been allowed to leave the new Kara Tepe camp (Mavrovouni) on Lesbos, except on urgent grounds, since the beginning of November 2020. The need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is cited as the reason for that. The refugees are now effectively locked up.

    Following a visit on 28 November 2020, minister Mitarakis said that measures to winterproof the camp had been completed, though conditions remain totally inadequate.

    The camp is located on a disused firing range; there are consequently serious grounds for suspecting that the site is contaminated with lead. In this connection, the Commission evidently trusts unconfirmed reports from the Greek authorities, which, three months on from the opening of the camp, have been unable to provide results of independent laboratory tests of the soil. In addition, the Greek Government refers to the new camps as ‘closed controlled structures’. Journalists have been denied access to the camp for months.

    Last updated: 19 February 2021
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