Italy and Greece will get 11 mln euros for emergency funding
An additional 11 million euros will be given in emergency funding to Greece and Italy, the European Commission said Friday. The extra funds must strengthen the migrant reception and registration capacity of Greek authorities and support the Italians’ search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
In a Friday statement, the European Union’s executive arm said that 7.3 million euros will go to Greece’s reception and identification service to bolster the capacity of reception and medical services, particularly on the eastern Aegean islands. An extra 500,000 euros are for technical projects aimed at improving the water supply network and sewage system connection at the hot spot on Samos island, the Commission said.
Italy will get 2.2 million euros for its Coast Guard to fund the on-board provision of food for rescued individuals and to help finance costs for personnel involved in search and rescue operations. Also Italian Navy has 1 million euros for purchasing the equipment and protective clothing, in order to deal safely with the medical screening of migrants after their rescue at sea.
Also the International Organization for Migration said Friday that more than 3,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year.