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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-12-15

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

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  • [01] Privatization of 14 regional airports positive: Aegean exec stresses
  • [02] Commission stresses need to create hotspots on islands within agreed framework

  • [01] Privatization of 14 regional airports positive: Aegean exec stresses

    The contract for the concession of 14 regional airports to a consortium led by Fraport is a positive development for the domestic air transport and tourism sector, Aegean Airlines Vice President Eftychios Vassilakis said on Tuesday.

    "We believe that with the signing of the contract for the development and management of 14 regional airports by the consortium Fraport - Slentel, the necessary investments will be accelerated and a significant qualitative improvement in these key country gateways will be achieved in 2-3 years, thus further improving the prospects of tourism, and the experience of our passengers," he underlined in a statement.

    [02] Commission stresses need to create hotspots on islands within agreed framework

    The EU Commission on Tuesday stressed the need to create so-called "hotspots" -- infrastructure to identify and process war refugees and irregular migrants -- on various eastern Aegean islands within an agreed framework.

    According to the European Commission, five hotspot areas have been identified by Greek authorities on Lesvos, Leros, Kos, Chios and Samos. So far, only the hotspot in Lesvos is operational.

    The Greek government has appointed hotspot coordinators and has created a central coordination committee, but must complete the construction of the hotspots in line with the planned timetable, and improve the organisation of the hotspots, it said in a report published on Tuesday.

    Member States should continue to support Greece by making available the necessary experts to ensure the full rollout of the hotspots. Frontex will now assist Greece with the registration of migrants in the Northern Border region by deploying additional border guards and will deploy Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT) in the Aegean islands and sea, at Greece's request.


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