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Greek Government Vows to Improve Migrant Living Conditions

The Greek government aims to transfer 6,000 people from island refugee areas to the mainland by early 2019, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas said in a press conference on Thursday. This must be done, said the minister, in order to...

Portugal's Interior Minister Visits Refugee Center in Athens (video)

Greece’s Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas, accompanied by visiting Portuguese Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita, paid a joint visit to the Eleonas refugee reception center, located in central Athens, on Tuesday. Cabrita, who is in Greece on an official visit, traveled...

Greece 'Deeply Concerned' Over Increased Migrant Flow

Greece' minister for Migration has expressed his "deep concern" over the increasing trend of refugee and migrant flows to the country in recent weeks. Speaking in parliament, Dimitris Vitsas said that the increase in numbers is "enormous" at Evros on...

Greece and Cyprus Discuss Arms Sales in EU Framework

Ministers from Greece and Cyprus discussed possibilities for cooperation in the defence industry within the framework of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), on Monday. Cyprus Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides met in Nicosia with Greek Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas, who...

Vitsas Says 'Irrational' for Turkey to Cause Fait Accompli in Cyprus' EEZ

Any attempt on the part of Turkey to pose obstacles and cause a fait accompli in Cyprus' maritime area would be irrational, Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas, reportedly told the Cyprus News Agency in an interview on Sunday. Asked about...

Greek Dep DefMin: We Deal With Turkish Provocations Calmly and With Determination

"We operate based on three things: composure, calm, determination," said Greece's Deputy Defense Minister Dimitris Vitsas on Wednesday in light of recent provocations by Turkey in Greek territorial waters in the Aegean. The Greek official was on Ant1 television where...

ND Officials Criticize Government for Missing Civil Servants Hired to Work in Hot-Spots

Two New Democracy (ND) officials accused the government on Monday of hiring thousands of civil servants to work in island hotspots, many of which appear to have never showed up, as it was revealed by a minister on Monday. Deputy...

‘Not Looking for Excuses for Moria; We Were Caught Unprepared’ Says Minister

The ministry of migration was caught unprepared by the freezing weather, Greek Alternate Defense Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Wednesday, talking to Real FM radio station on the living conditions facing refugees in the camp of Moria in Lesvos,...

Refurbished Ritsona Camp Opens to 160 Refugee Families

The refurbishment of Ritsona camp will improve the living conditions of the refugees who live there by providing full catering and healthcare, Alternate Defense Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Tuesday, who attended the reopening of the center. In the camp,...

The Situation in Turkey is Strange and Remains Uncertain, Alternate Def. Min Says

As Turkey is in a strange situation - the situation has not normalized yet - you always have some concerns and you ought to take measures, Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas said in statements to private SKAI TV regarding...