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EU to double emergency support for Greece

EU to double emergency support for GreeceGreece will get more than doubled emergency aid from the European Union for improvement of living conditions for refugees and migrants, the European Commission said on Saturday.

In addition to 83 million euros provided earlier this year, the country will get also 115 million euros in emergency support under the EU Emergency Support Instrument at the Thessaloniki International Fair.

The money will be delivered to different humanitarian organizations for improving living shelters and access for refugee children to education, while part would be given in cash or voucher schemes.

"The new funding has the key aim of improving conditions for refugees in Greece and make a difference ahead of the upcoming winter," Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides said.

Nearly 60,000 refugees and migrants are stuck in Greece after their attempts to get to central and northern Europe failed after Balkan countries shut their borders during the year.

The EU's emergency support aid is in addition to financial support given under other funding programs.
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