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Frontex set to scale back Greek presence amid abuse probe

Frontex set to scale back Greek presence amid abuse probe


The EU’s border company Frontex might shift a few of its sources in Greece against different areas extra in call for.

Even though no longer but showed, EUobserver understands that this used to be mentioned between the Warsaw-based company and Greek government.

One after the other, it might also withdraw the usage of EU-financed Frontex vessels via Greek government in keeping with alleged abuses following video proof acquired via The New York Occasions.

Hans Leijtens, the company’s govt director, has spent the previous two days in Athens the place conversations centred round provide and long term operations.

“Any issues or questions are being completely investigated,” he mentioned, in a tweet on Tuesday (18 July).

The video revealed via the New York Occasions gives proof of Greek government forsaking other people at sea, together with a six-month outdated child.

This used to be adopted via the 14 June mass drownings of the Adriana shipwreck within the Greek search-and-rescue zone, most probably killing over 500 other people.

An inside Greek investigation has but to result in any conclusions. However consistent with a number of media investigations, the shipwreck used to be provoked via an overly-aggressive Greek coast guard.

Joint Operation Poseidon

The conceivable partial shift of sources from its joint Operation Poseidon, first introduced in 2011, comes because the depth of arrivals from Turkey to Greece declines. It’s lately composed of 260 officials, along side patrol vessels, plane and different specialized apparatus.

Final month, the company mentioned part of arrivals to the EU got here during the Central Mediterranean, totalling greater than 50,000 detections from January to Would possibly.

Compared, the direction from Turkey against Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria fell via 35 p.c to simply over 10,000, it mentioned.

However this drop additionally comes with virtually day by day studies of unlawful pushbacks within the Aegean Sea from the Greek aspect.

Then again, the depth of the ones pushbacks additionally seems to be subsiding, consistent with Aegean Boat Record, an NGO.

The NGO mentioned that up to now this month, just one lifestyles raft were discovered drifting within the Aegean Sea. This compares to ten closing month and 44 lifestyles rafts in July of closing yr.

“Because of power from the world neighborhood, and in recent years Frontex, it kind of feels Greek government had been pressured to modify a few of their inhumane and unlawful practices in opposition to other people arriving on Greek islands,” it mentioned, additionally on Tuesday.



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