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President Iohannis: Romania to allocate 300,000 euros over three years to food programme for refugees

President Klaus Iohannis announced that Romania will allocate 300,000 euros over the next three years to the world food programme for refugees.

“Obviously, if we want to manage migration efficiently, we must go to the root of the phenomenon, that is to the crisis areas, for instance – but not only – to Siria; we must try to intervene there to end the conflict and to reinstate peace in the region. This is quite difficult; the EU alone definitely cannot do it, but it can contribute,” the President stated after the Wednesday’s extraordinary meeting of the European Council.

He stressed that the safe areas around the crisis regions should be paid attention; he mentioned Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

“Any support to these countries produces more significant and faster results than the support to refugees who already arrived to Europe. In this context, the high representative of the Council’s presidency renewed the plead for substantial support to the world food programme dealing with the refugees in these camps around the conflict areas. Romania decided to allocate 300,000 euros over the next three years. This is a multiple of the sum allocated so far by Romania for this purpose,” Iohannis said, according to Agerpres.

He insisted on the need to strengthen the outer borders of the EU through coordinated actions, not just by individual member states.

“We need to fight the networks that handle refugees who want to pass from one country to another,” the President added.

As regards the refugee centres, he proposed turning them into European centres, as the immigrant problems are European, not national; according to Iohannis, several participants in the meeting welcomed the initiative.

The President also disclosed that he has called for an integrated concept to approach the whole refugees mechanism, from the source to the countries where they end their journey.

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