• People Still Disgracefully Banned From Cross Greek-Macedonian Border Due to Their Nationality and Ethnic Background

    20151002 Opatovac
    From midnight to 9 pm, 4,009 refugees entered Croatia while 750 people  was at Slavonski Brod transit centre.  From the start of the humanitarian crisis, 458 798 refugees entered Croatia.
    The day at the camp was relatively peaceful. There were 60 medical interventions and three emergency cases. In three sectors, UNICEF will renovate special areas in three sectors which will serve as the play areas for children.  It is expected that these play areas will be opened by the end of this week. Caritas and Remar will now be distributing tea at the white tent after the registration while the tent where they used to distribute tea right before the registration will be used as a waiting area for refugees waiting for their family members to register.
    Idomena Activists at Greek-Macedonian border crossing still appeal for help! They need the following: tents, raincoats, shoes, sleeping bags, blankets, chairs, cameras, but also new volunteers who would help the refugees. You can follow the developments in Idomeni at the Facebook page: Forgotten in Idomeni.
    We would like to remind that it is disgraceful to refuse people to continue their journey at the Greek-Macedonian border based on the ethnic and national grounds, that is, only allowing people from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq to continue their journey while others are left in despair and begging to cross the border.  At the same time, Macedonian activists warn that human traffickers have become very active in Macedonia which only proves that this Fort Europe policy will not stop refugees to continue their journey, but will only make their paths insecure and dangerous. 
    However, the Fort Europe is not giving up. EU and Turkey summit was held in Bruxelles on Sunday during which both sides should have agreed on the action plan which should stop the refugee wave from Turkey to Europe, which jeopardised the Schengen agreement that is one of the biggest achievements of the European integrations. According to the official data, Turkey received 2,2 million Syrians and expects the EU to increase in return its financial assistance, the liberalisation of the visa regime and to re-start Turkey’s accession talks. They agreed on the action plan which foresees Turkey to receive 3 billion euros of assistance. 500 million euros is expected to come from the EU’s budget while the rest is ensured by the member states. Member States should make the payments in accordance with their contribution  to the EU budget based on the GNI.  Prime Minister Milanovic said that Croatia’s contribution would not be big. Turkey will also be reimbursed everything it spent during the refugee crisis. The largest amount will be paid by Germany (534 million of euros) while Croatia is expected to pay a bit less than 7.4 million euros.

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