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Presidential adviser for European Affairs Leonard Orban, appointed contact person in refugee crisis

The twelve European leaders who have attended the small summit of Sunday in Brussels, on the topic of the refugee crisis in the Balkan region have appointed contact persons to grant the coordination of actions. From behalf of Romania, Presidential adviser for European Affairs Leonard Orban was appointed.
At the initiative of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, leaders from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia met on Sunday in Brussels, were they agreed to improve cooperation and counseling among states on the Balkan route of migration.

The twelve leaders, including the EC President, agreed to appoint contact persons in a deadline of 24 hours, to allow exchanges of daily information and coordination, to reach a gradual, completed and orderly circulation of persons on the Balkan route and to monitor the implementation of the 17-point plan adopted on Sunday.
On Monday, all leaders appointed contact persons. From behalf of the European Commission, the person appointed was the diplomatic adviser of Juncker’s Cabinet, Richard Szostak.

Romania appointed Presidential adviser for European Affairs Leonard Orban, according to a press release issued on Tuesday by the European Commission.

On its turn, Hungary, that only attended the summit as an observer, appointed Police Colonel Tibor Lakatos, the Head of Operative Centre in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The European Commission will organize on Thursday a video-conference of all contact persons, to examine registered progress.

The leaders also agreed to increase the capacity to provide temporary shelter, food, water, medical care and access to medical equipment to those in need, initiating the Citizen’s Protection Mechanism where needed. After one day, Croatia activated the European Mechanism of Civil Protection for Material Support suc as winter tents, beds, blankets, mattresses and medical equipment to face the huge number of immigrants.

Moreover, EC decided on Tuesday to increase the level of co-financing for transportation of the assistance delivered by means of the European Mechanism of Civil Protection to countries in need of help in the refugee crisis, from 55 per cent to 85 per cent.

The Commission also granted Greece emergency assistance of EUR 5.9 million from the Fund for Asylum, Migration and Integration (AMIF), to handle the huge number of incoming refugees.

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