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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-09-23

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Alexis Tsipras leaves for Brussels
  • [02] EU Commissioner Avramopoulos stresses need for relocation of 120,000 refugees from Greece and Italy
  • [03] Government of responsibility and battle, Gerovassili tells ANA-MPA
  • [04] Rhodes airport reopens after restoration of large pothole on runway

  • [01] Alexis Tsipras leaves for Brussels

    ANA/MPA---Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is leaving for Brussels in order to participate in the emergency EU summit on the migration-refugee issue.

    Therefore, the first cabinet meeting will be held, according to sources, on Friday 25 September.

    [02] EU Commissioner Avramopoulos stresses need for relocation of 120,000 refugees from Greece and Italy

    ANA/MPA---EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos stressed the need for the direct implementation of the EU Interior Ministers' decision on the relocation of 120,000 refugees mainly from Greece and Italy upon his arrival at the EU Commissioners' Council on Wednesday.

    He underlined that all member states must implement the decision. "There was a qualified majority that allows us to impose what we agreed on all countries," he stated adding that EU countries have proved that when they talk about responsibility and solidarity, they really mean it.

    He stressed the need to set terms on who is really entitled to international protection (political refugees) and who are those who choose to come to Europe following illegal paths and who need to return home.

    "Europe is not prepared to deal with that situation. A comprehensive migration policy is needed," Avramopoulos underlined adding that there is a new European agenda on migration which has already started to be implemented.

    "We must continue to work, to explain, and of course to have open communication and consultation corridors with all those that draft the migration policy in Europe," Avramopoulos said.

    Finally, he added that the EU is determined to defend its external borders and also to demonstrate that it can effectively manage this difficult and complex situation, which, as he estimated, it will continue for many years.

    [03] Government of responsibility and battle, Gerovassili tells ANA-MPA

     "Government of responsibility and battle," called government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili on Wednesday the composition of the new SYRIZA-ANEL government in statements to ANA-MPA.

    She added that it is a four-year government and stressed the need to respond to the demands of the difficult times we are experiencing and the popular demand for hard work.

     

    [04] Rhodes airport reopens after restoration of large pothole on runway

    Flights from and to Rhodes airport are conducted normally after the restoration of the damage provoked by the torrential rain on Diagoras airport landing airstrip.

    The airport had closed late Tuesday afternoon for security reasons when a large pothole opened in the middle of the runway due to the continuous rain. The closure was deemed necessary because the eight-meter-wide pothole was preventing the taxiing of aircraft. Authorities said a crack that existed at the same spot had been fixed, but the torrential rain in the last few hours re-opened it.

    The landing of 25 flights with destination Rhodes was cancelled and some of them landed on Kos, some others on Crete and the others returned to the Athens International Airport.


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