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Parliamentary questions
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13 February 2020
P-000875/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Emmanouil Fragkos
 Subject: Migration crisis and the requisitioning of buildings in Greece

The Greek government has decided to adopt a legislative act, which it describes as an emergency measure to tackle the chaotic situation prevailing on the Greek islands, to allow it to requisition municipal buildings and land and convert them into closed accommodation facilities for illegal migrants and refugees. In response to strong criticism, the government has announced that the municipalities concerned would receive up to EUR 9.5 million a quarter by way of compensation.

The situation in Greece is on a knife’s edge, as these municipalities are refusing to accept more accommodation facilities: residents of the Northern and Eastern Aegean islands are at their wits’ end and have declared that they will not be bribed into accepting this measure. In the meantime, third-country nationals are continuing to flood into the country and, once they have arrived, they continue to stay on illegally. The mayor of Leros said recently that the island was fast becoming one enormous hotspot.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

What actions is the Commission taking to ease the migratory pressure on the Northern and Eastern Aegean islands and improve the quality of life of their inhabitants?

Is it consistent with EU law to requisition buildings by force using emergency procedures in order to create closed accommodation structures without the consent of local inhabitants?

Original language of question: EL
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