Citizen's Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis, addressing Thursday the European Justice and Interior Council in Luxembourg, said "the European Union must support instead of weakening member-states that are shouldering and managing the huge burden of illegal immigration pressure on their external borders."
"The Greek citizens, in Evros, in Athens, the islands of the Aegean, Igoumenitsa and Patra are European citizens and demand the taking of immediate measures so that they can feel the European solidarity in their daily life," the minister also said.
Papoutsis further said "they want interventions and initiatives that will curb the repercussions of illegal immigration and of organised crime in their daily life. To their fair appeal our reply, the Europeran reply, must be immediate and effective."
He also signed a draft Presidential Decree on the organising and functioning of the Service for Managing European and Development Programmes.