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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 March 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2016 19 GREECE Jolie on Greece migrant trip The star visited camps in Piraeus and Elaionas on behalf of the UNHCR Angelina Jolie Pitt arrived in the port of Piraeus on Wednesday after speaking at refugee camps in Lebanon. Following her visit to the Piraeus and Elaionas hotspots in Athens, Jolie Pitt met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximou Mansion. "I am here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation," the 40-year-old Goodwill Ambassador said. "I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected." The press release noted that dur- Angelina Jolie (C) visits the temporary refugee facilities at the port of Piraeus. PHOTO: EPA/PANTELIS SAITAS. ing her visit, Jolie will once again highlight the support of UNHCR towards Greece, regarding the efforts to boost the procedures of identification and asylum granting, to respect the fundamental in- ternational standards of protection and refugee laws, and to apply the EU plan regarding the relocation. The famous activist also expressed her appreciation regarding Greece's support and solidar- Greek PM Alexis Tsipras (L) speaks with US actress and special envoy of the UNHCR, Angelina Jolie, during their meeting at the Maximos Mansion in Athens. PHOTO: EPA/ALEXANDROS BELDES. ity towards the refugees and asylum seekers, "people who have reached the coasts of islands after going through so many dangerous, harsh and sometimes fatal journeys". Greece has been severely impacted by the conflict in Middle East, becoming a passage for more than one million refugees entering Europe since 1 January 2015, as UNHCR reports. Key points of EU-Turkey migrant summit ‘Macedonia’ blunder The EU plan for Greece to return refugees to Turkey, if approved, will require the government in Athens to conduct a huge number of reforms in the coming days. Greece's asylum service will have to be overhauled immediately, starting with the recognition of Turkey as a "safe third country", which would allow asylum seekers to be returned there from Greek soil. Moreover, hundreds of public servants and other personnel including Frontex officials will have to be stationed on the islands where Turkish observers will ensure the refugees sent back have travelled from Turkey in the first place. Following are the key elements and negotiating difficulties in Turkey accepting migrants from Greece, in return for various concessions. 1. Turkey to take back anyone who crosses to the Greek islands from its coast without regular travel papers. Greece needs to set up tribunals to hear asylum claims and appeals quickly. Turkey needs to amend legislation and agree at least a basic level of protection to all nationalities returned to its soil. The draft does not say when the scheme starts. 2. For every Syrian refugee returned to Turkey, another Syrian refugee will be resettled from Turkey to the EU, with priority given to those who have not previously crossed to Greece. EU states are divided on sharing out asylum seekers. 3. Turkey to work with the EU to bar other routes. Problem: Neigbouring countries are concerned about the influx. 4. In the longer run, once EU states are satisfied that Turkey has really stopped the flow of migrants across the Aegean, the EU is offering to admit more refugees directly from Turkey. EU member states would make voluntary offers of the number they are willing to resettle. Governments, however, face voters hostile to immigration. 5. Turkey to fulfil remaining visa requirements - about half of 72 criteria - by the end of April so the EU executive can recommend EU states to waive visas for Turks on brief trips by the end of June. Among the EU criteria are that Cypriots be treated like other EU citizens, something Turkey rejects since it does not recognise Cyprus as a state. 6. EU promises to double its aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey to €6 billion up to the end of 2018 but EU governments are arguing about where the money comes from and whether it is premature to promise without seeing that Turkey is delivering on agreements first made in November. 7. "The EU, together with Turkey, will prepare for the decision on the opening of new chapters in the accession negotiations as soon as possible." Many EU states see little or no prospect of Turkey joining in the foreseeable future. 8. EU will help Turkey to aid Syrians to be better off and safer within their own country. Unfortunately, the EU has no military clout and member states which do are wary of Turkey's proposal of "safe areas" in northern Syria. GREEK HEADLINES AVGHI: THURSDAY IS A CRITICAL DAY DIMOKRATIA: OLD PENSIONS ALSO SACRIFICED EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: EXTREME CONDITIONS ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: POLITICAL ... REFUGEES KAMMENOS AND MOUZALAS ESTIA: THE CONSTANT BETRAYAL OF THE LEFT ETHNOS: VERTIGO IN THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IMERISIA: AGREEMENT-THRILLER KATHIMERINI: THE COALITION GOVERNMENT ON A TIGHTROPE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 At the same time, government officials in Brussels on Thursday reportedly said that time was working on Mouzalas' side and that the demands for his resignation would soon be outweighed by decisions made at the EU summit. Main government coalition partner SYRIZA expressed on Thursday its "full support and confidence" in Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas, following calls for his resignation by junior coalition partner ANEL. "With his work on this portfolio and in extremely difficult conditions due to the sharp increase in refugee flows and migrants, and the unacceptable attitude of the Visegrad countries which have chosen the policy of closed borders, Yiannis Mouzalas proves that even in the most difficult circumstances, there are ways to implement policies based on the values of humanism and solidarity," the party's political secretariat said in a statement. Australian media petitioned to use FYROM CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 On the petition's page, created via website change.org, Mr Kenos writes: "The United Nations and the Australian government have a firm policy to refer to the Former Yugoslav Republic... as FYROM. Macedonia is a state within the Hellenic Republic (Greece). Yet the ABC and SBS - both government owned, and the Australian media are all ignoring this policy." After just two days, the petition has attracted 472 signatures (at the time of writing), just 28 short of reaching its target of 500. 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