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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 7 November 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2015 19 GREECE Refugee boat sinks off Kos More asylum seekers pile up in camps on the Aegean islands due to PNO strike Another inflatable dinghy capsized in the Psalidi area off the coast of Kos on Wednesday. During a late-night operation the Greek Coast Guard managed to save 14 refugees and recovered the body of a young child. The rescued refugees informed the officers of four more missing people who eventually were found alive on the shores of Kos. Meanwhile, the refugees arriving on the coasts of the eastern Aegean islands cannot make their way to mainland Greece due to the PNO strike. A PNO meeting was called on Thursday to reevaluate the situation and exclude the ships transporting the refugees, however, the seamen federation insisted upon its strike action. Alexis Tsipras: ‘Our vision of Europe does not include fences or borders’ Greek PM and president of European Parliament visit Lesvos to take action on the refugee crisis Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Parliament President Martin Schulz have paid a visit to Mytilene, Lesvos' capital, to inspect identification processing centres and refugee camps in an effort to tackle the refugee crisis. A child from Syria looks on from a bus after the arrival of the ferry Elefthe- rios Venizelos at the port of Piraeus carrying about 2,500 Syrian refugees. PHOTO: EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU. Greek penitentiary system goes digital A new electronic database aimed at improving the efficiency and transparency of the Greek penitentiary system will feature the personal details of inmates and staff at all the country's prisons. The €3 million system is to start operating on 16 November 2015 and will be subsidised by European Union funds, Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopolos announced on Thursday. The Justice Ministry's gen- eral secretary, Eftychis Fytrakis, described it as the "most significant reform" of the Greek penitentiary system to date, noting that authorities will be able to access information on specific inmates at the touch of a button. Apart from boosting transparency, the system is aimed at improving the operation of Greek prisons, as authorities will have a better overview of any problem. Source: Kathimerini GREEK HEADLINES AVGHI: A STEP FORWARD DIMOKRATIA: 6-12 MONTH EMPLOYMENT FOR 104,000 UNEMPLOYED EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: PRESSURE CRESCENDO ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: AGE CLAUSE IN PENSION CUTS ESTIA: THE 50 WEALTHIEST COUNTRIES IMERISIA: ‘SCOTTISH SHOWER’ NAFTEMPORIKI: FIRST THE MEASURES, THEN THE €10 BILLION RIZOSPASTIS: NEGOTIATIONS AT THE BACK OF THE REFUGEES AND PEOPLE TA NEA: (EU COMMISSIONER PIERRE) MOSCOVICI SOUNDS THE ALARM Greece has relocated its first group of asylum seekers to Luxembourg, under a European Union plan to relieve countries being overwhelmed by the numbers of asylum seekers entering their borders. A total of six families, comprising 30 people, seeking asylum were transported, while Italy has relocated 86 people to Finland and Sweden under the EU's $1.19 billion plan. European Parliamentary President Martin Schulz said the EU's plan was developing, and encouraged more EU members to get on board, with some fearing the program could destabilise national interests and security. "The relocation of Iraqi and Syrian refugees that we saw today is an encouraging sig- "The crime must stop … our vision is one of Europe without fences, without borders," the Greek PM stressed amidst protests asking for the controversial fence at Evros to be torn down. Alexis Tsipras noted that this cannot occur unilaterally, arguing that the real solution is to develop greater cooperation with Turkey in order to contain the refugee flows and improve documentation. "What is happening in the Aegean is a crime that must stop. There should be an agreement with Turkey to stem the inflow by hitting the smugglers, who are committing a crime for profit. "We must prepare and build the infrastructure to accommodate refugees, but the problem will be solved after we agree with Turkey that the relocation should be starting from there, so that people do not risk their lives crossing the sea," Tsipras said, explaining Greece is "battling something beyond our abilities". For his part, the president of the European Parliament expressed his gratitude towards everyone working with the refugees, adding that the PNO strike is creating problems. "People here face dramatic conditions. We saw people jump into the sea and swim to the shore. Locals treat refugees in a kind and discreet manner. Organising the hot spots is meaningful only if we create more solidarity," Mr Schulz added, stressing the need to push the relocation process forward. As the two leaders were making their statement, the Hellenic Coast Guard recovered the bodies of two men and a boy from the island's shoreline. Currently, over 15,000 refugees remain on the island. Source: AAP, Kathimerini Protesters take part in a rally demanding the opening of Greek-Turkish borders, during Alexis Tsipras and Martin Schulz’s visit on the island of Lesvos. PHOTO: EPA/STRATIS BALASKAS. Greek PM Alexis Tsipras (C) greets a woman as he and European Parliament President Martin Schulz (R) visit a camp set up for migrants and refugees near the village of Moria on the island of Lesvos. PHOTO: EPA/ANDREA BONETTI. Asylum seekers transported from Greece Six families relocated to Luxembourg under EU plan Asylum seekers board an aircraft at Athens International airport on Wednesday. PHOTO: ANDREA BONETTI/GREEK PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE VIA AP. nal we are moving in the right direction," he said in Athens. "It is not sufficient that eight states of the EU are participating in the relocation. This is a common challenge." Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heralded the program, challenging other EU communities to increase their intake, as he stood farewelling those departing. "Thirty in the face of thousands who have fled their homes in Syria and Iraq is a drop in the ocean," he said. "But we hope that this becomes a stream, and then a river of humanity and shared responsibility, because these are the principles upon which the EU was built." Greece has been inundated with asylum seekers from Iraq and Syria as the crisis in the Middle East intensifies, and it is thought more than 580,000 people have reached the country via Turkey.
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