Posts tagged as Greece

Greece and Lithuania leaders meet to discuss illegal immigration

Monday, July 19, 2021

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his Lithuanian counterpart Ingrida Simonyte have met in Athens to discuss migration. Both leaders suggest that their influx of asylum seekers is being orchestrated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in an effort to exert political pressure. “What Belarus is doing is simply unacceptable,” Mitsotakis said. Mitsotakis says both countries “are characterised by persistent migratory flows, coupled occasionally by an orchestrated effort by a third…

Greece offers Lithuania support over sharp rise in migrant numbers

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Greece has offered to share its experiences on migrant issues with Lithuania as it handles a sharp rise in the number of people crossing its border, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday, after what he called an “orchestrated effort” by Belarus to pressure its neighbour. The comments, following a meeting with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte in Athens, come as Lithuanian and EU officials have accused Minsk of using…

Lithuania refuses to accept refugees from Greece, saying it is focused on Belarus

Monday, September 14, 2020

Lithuania has refused to accept underaged refugees from a burned-down Greek camp, saying it is focused on helping people fleeing Belarus. A fire in the Moria Refugee Camp in the Greek island of Lesbos last week left almost 13,000 people without accommodation. Ten EU countries have agreed to resettle 400 unaccompanied minors, most of whom will be taken in by Germany and France. Speaking to LRT RADIO on Saturday, the…

Lithuania among EU states pledging to relocate more minors from Greece

Friday, July 10, 2020

The European Commission says member states, including Lithuania, have pledged up to 2,000 places to host child and teenage asylum seekers from Greece. The figure represents an increase from the original 1,600 announced earlier this year as part of a scheme to help the Mediterranean country, which is one of the major refugee and asylum seeker entry points into the European Union. “More than 120 children have already been relocated,”…

Lithuania allows flights to 6 countries, including Italy

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The Lithuanian government gave the nod to resuming direct regular flights to six more countries: Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain and Ireland. The foreign minister said Wizz Air, Ryanair and Air Baltic had asked for permission to relaunch more flights to and from Lithuania. “Cyprus will reopen to unrestricted travel by Lithuanian citizens from June 20. Wizz Air would fly to Larnaca from Vilnius and Ryanair would fly to Paphos…

The migrant crisis continues to put a strain

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency is sending reinforcements to the frontier between Greece and Turkey as the migrant crisis continues to put a strain on Greek authorities. Thousands of migrants have tried to gain entry to Europe following Turkey’s decision to open its border to neighbouring EU countries. As the stalemate continues, it’s an anxious, and increasingly tense wait for those caught in the crisis, as authorities use…

Estonia loses to Greece in Fed Cup day one in Tallinn

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Estonian tennis team lost 2:1 to Greece on the opening day of the Fed Cup tournament in Tallinn. The score was 1:1 in singles matches, leaving the doubles game as the decider, ERR’s sports portal reports. Elena Malõgina lost to missed Valentini Grammatikopoulou, in a closely fought game which lasted well over two hours at the Tallink Tennis Center in Lasnamäe, 4:6, 6:4, 6:7 (8). The second matchup saw…

Greece calls on EU states to take in more asylum seekers

Monday, December 16, 2019

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called on EU states to take in migrants and asylum seekers from the Greek islands, which are currently overcrowded. “We need to develop a European asylum and migration pact, like what the [European] Commission promised, we need more burden sharing,” he said in an interview with the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that some asylum applications should be processed in other countries.

Estonian President Kaljulaid is attending the meeting of the Arraiolos Group in Greece

Friday, October 11, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a one-day working visit to Athens today to discuss security, economic and migration issues with the heads of state belonging to the Arraiolos Group. In addition, the Estonian Head of State will have a bilateral meeting with Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, to talk about the climate crisis, multilateralism and Brexit. The Arraiolos Group is known as a series of informal meetings that began…

1 missing, 6 dead in storm in northern Greece

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A search and rescue operation was underway in northern Greece Thursday for a fisherman missing after a powerful storm left six people dead, including two children, and injured about 140. The violent storm in the northern Halkidiki peninsula on Wednesday night ripped up trees and power pylons, tossed vehicles and left swathes of debris across the coast. The 62-year-old fisherman took his fishing boat out in the afternoon and had…