Award of €11 million by the Commission in emergency funding to Greece and Italy

August 1, 2016

Hat: Commission awards €11 million in emergency funding to Greece and Italy

Funding Scheme: 2016-08-01

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


The 29 of July 2016, the European Commission has awarded €11 million to Greece and Italy in order to strengthen the reception and registration capacity of refugees. 


These measures assigned under the Internal Security Found (ISF) and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) relate the following activities:
– €7.3 million to the Greek Reception and Identification Service to strengthen the capacity of reception and medical services established, in particular in the Aegean Islands.
– €500.00 to improve the water supply network and sewage system connection at the Reception and Identification Centre in Samos.
– €2.2 million to the Italian Cost Guard to support search and rescue activities at sea. It will support in particular the on-board provision of food for rescued migrants and will help finance costs of personnel operating on naval assets and in the operational coordination centres.
– €1 million to the Italian Navy to support the purchase of equipment and protective clothing, in order to deal safely with the medical screening of migrants after their rescue at sea.

These measures bring the total emergency assistance awarded by the Commission under AMIF and ISF since 2015 to support the Italian authorities as well as international organisations operating in Italy to €24.5 million. This comes on top of the €592.6 million already allocated to Italy under the national programmes for 2014-2020 (€347.7 million from AMIF and €244.9 million from ISF).

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