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National Committee for Emergency Situations discusses the refugees’ issue, decides to strengthen border with Serbia

The National Committee for Emergency Situations discussed the refugees’ issue on Thursday, during a meeting convened by Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea after the talks he and President Klaus Iohannis had on Wednesday. Oprea said, after a meeting, that Romania isn’t facing increasing migration pressure. Also, Romania’s Interior Minister said that Romania’s security measures at its border with Serbia will be strengthened.
“I have urged all the members of National Committee for Emergency Situations to responsible attitude and preventive action (…). We have decided to strengthen the security measures at the border with Serbia in order to avoid collateral risks,” Oprea said at the end of a meeting of the National Committee for Special Emergency Situations.
He added that in geostrategic terms Romania provides security for 2,070 km of the external borders of the European Union, 546 km of which at the border with Serbia. “In this border area, we will intensify security measures by joint measures. We are contemplating intensifying cooperation between national authorities (…), and increasing operative capabilities at the border with Serbia,” said Oprea.
It was also decided that the authorised state organisations monitor the developments in the regional situation, so that the measures in the national security plan may be adjusted for the latest dynamics.

1,800 refugees could be relocated to Romania

The crisis generated by the refugees’ assault on Europe seems to be skirting our country, the refugees preferring to go through Hungary and Italy on their way to Germany, Austria and Sweden, however the authorities are preparing for the worst. Refugees could nevertheless be relocated to Romania. Romania’s six refugee centres, with the capacity to accommodate 950 refugees, could fill up in the following period after mainly Syrian refugees that made their way to Hungary, Italy and Greece will be transferred to Romania. “Over 800 immigrants have made their way to Romania in the first seven months of this year and many of them have asked for asylum,” ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ writes, quoting Interior Ministry officials. Following an agreement that is in the works in Brussels, some of the 320,000 immigrants that entered the European Union in 2015 would be distributed among all member states.
According to ‘Evenimentul Zilei,’ the refugees concerned would be 1,705 citizens from Asia and another 80 from non-EU European countries.
Thus, all six refugee centres will fill up and temporary facilities for another 700-800 refugees will be set up. The refugee centres are located in Bucharest, Galati, Radauti (Suceava County), Maramures, Giurgiu and Timisoara. These centres can accommodate 950 refugees.

WHO: “Romanian authorities still able to handle the wave of refugees!”

Dr. Victor Olsavszky, the head of the World Health Organization’s Romanian office, stated for ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ that the wave of immigrants is putting great pressure primarily on the health system.
“When you have a big inflow of refugees, authorities have to build camps for them, and the health system cannot immediately offer specialized care. Significant pressure on the health system is created. For the time being Romania hasn’t asked for WHO support, Romanian authorities have handled the situation well so far,” Victor Olsavszky stated. “We tell them technically: you have to take into account the vaccinations, the immigrants’ access to first aid, personal hygiene items, sanitation, water. So far I know they have vaccinated immigrant children. Last year 210 children were given the full set of vaccines at the centre in Timisoara alone,” the aforementioned source added.
The WHO official invoked a report focusing on the health systems in Turkey, Hungary, Serbia, France, Germany, Greece and Macedonia, which shows that in many countries there are red-tape and legislative barriers that prevent the refugees from accessing the health systems. “This situation is seen even in Romania, because until he gains a legal status the immigrant is outside any social security scheme. For instance, not all refugees, many of them in France and Germany, have managed to gain access to health systems. Only 40 per cent of pregnant women – undergoing the immigrant status validation stage – had access to pre-natal care, the report shows. This has to do on one hand with the lack of information and on the other with their fear of seeing the doctor, of being arrested, because their status is not yet clear,” the WHO representative added.

MAE on owner of truck with dead immigrants: Romania’s embassies in Budapest, Vienna, not officially notified

Romania’s embassies in Budapest and Vienna have taken urgent action with the national authorities in both states to verify reporting that a Romanian national would be the owner of a truck abandoned in Austria with several asphyxiated immigrants aboard, but neither was notified about the incident, Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) said Thursday in reply to a request from Agerpres.

MAE says verifications are underway, with the Romanian embassies in Budapest and Vienna keeping in touch with the local authorities to get additional information on the case.

The driver of the truck where dozens of dead immigrants were found on a highway in eastern Austria, close to the border with Hungary, would allegedly be Romanian, according to a statement by the spokesman for Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban who said he got the information from the Austrian Police.

About 20 to 50 dead immigrants were found Thursday morning in a truck that stopped on a parking lane in the Austrian land of Burgenland, close to the border between Austria and Hungary, spokesman for the Austrian Police Hans Peter Doskozil told a news conference in Vienna.

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