Papoutsis underlined that despite the criticism targeting the country, passport and other border controls will continue at the ports of Patras and Igoumenitsa with the prospect of expanding to broader zones.
He added that “the worst has been avoided for the time being” as a result of the cooperation between the Hellenic Navy and Frontex in the regions south of Crete, the island of Rhodes and southern Peloponnese -- a reference to the crises in North Africa and European fears over a new wave of illegal immigration.
Papoutsis pointed out that in view of the new Frontex regulation he has recommended that, aside from its role as a deterrent, the European force also undertake the repatriation of illegal migrants.
ND MP Evangelos Antonaros agreed that free movement should not be restricted and called for measures in view of the summer season, measures that will discourage illegal migrants from attempting to breach European borders.
Finally, ND MP Thanassis Nakos referred to the problems in Igoumenitsa, in extreme northwest Greece, where scores illegal migrants have congregated in nearby hillsides in their bids to illicitly board Italy-bound ferry boats.