• Open letter by Barbara Spinelli
  • Need to help Greece as soon as possible

  • 31 Aug 15
  • In order to make pressure on the European commission concerning the very urgent and necessary help for Greece facing a very strong influx of migrants and asylum seekers, Barbara Spinelli as Italian GUE/NGL MEP, has initiated an open letter to the European Commission.


    Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
    Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship
    Mr. Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management

    Dear President,

    Dear Commissioners,

    There are many countries in need of solidarity due to the strong influx of migrants and asylum seekers, but Greece - since years in deep crisis and recession – struggles more than any other country and to an intolerable level to handle the reception of refugees: 160,000 from January to August 2015, as reported by the UN. An increase of 750% compared to 2014. Thousands of migrants are blocked at the border between Greece and Macedonia, violently rejected by the authorities of Skopje.

    The European director of UNHCR describes the situation of migrants in Europe as "the worst" he has seen in thirty years of experience in humanitarian matters. Pope Francis has equated rejections of migrants to “acts of war”.

    The European Commission decided in August 2015 the allocation of special funds to assist countries in major difficulty, on the basis of Article 79 TFUE. For 2014-2020, Greece is expected to receive 260 million euro from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), and 195 million from the Internal Security Fund (ISF).

    It seems, however, that the first payments are slow to come, as admitted on 17 August by Commissioner Avramopoulos in an interview to Italian newspaper “La Repubblica”. Great Britain has already received the due aid.

    We ask:

    - Is the Commission aware of the harm caused by any delay in payment, considering the dramatic situation of abandonment in which refugees find themselves in the Greek islands?

    - Does the Commission consider sufficient the numbers allocated, considering such a high increase in migration?

    - How will the decision taken by the European Council on 25-26 June be implemented, regarding the relocation of 16,000 asylum seekers from Greece to other Member States?

    26 August 2015 

    Barbara Spinelli
    Molly Scott Cato
    Fabio De Masi
    Marie Christine Vergiat
    Martina Michels
    Tania Gonzalez Penas
    Kuneva Kostadinka
    Kostas Chrysogonos
    Julie Ward
    Raymond Finch
    Liliana Rodrigues
    Ernest Maragall
    Bronis Ropė
    Tanja Fajon
    Alfred Sant
    Nessa Childers
    Ana Maria Gomes
    BeatrizBecerra Basterrechea
    Nicola Caputo
    Miguel Urban Crespo
    Aldo Patriciello
    Tatjana Ždanoka
    Eleonora Forenza
    Edouard Martin
    Elena Valenciano
    Knut Fleckenstein
    Eleftherios Synadinos
    Bilbao Barandica Izaskun
    Sylikiotis Neoklis
    Lola Sánchez Caldentey
    Monika Vana
    Jude Kirton-Darling
    Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz
    Josep-Maria Terricabras
    Lynn Boylan
    Matt Carthy
    Liadh Ní Riada
    Martina Anderson
    Igor Šoltes
    Elly Schlein
    Karima Delli
    Michèle Rivasi
    Marita Ulvskog
    Anna Hedh
    Dario Tamburrano
    Ignazio Corrao
    Caterina Chinnici
    Manolis Kefalogiannis
    Margrete Auken
    Claude Rolin
    Maria Heubuch
    Helmut Scholz
    Dietmar Köster