The Greek Red Cross on Thursday received 240,000 euros for unescorted refugee children, under the program “EUStaff4Refugees.”
The check was handed to the President of the Greek Red Cross, Antonis Avgerinos, by Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas.
The event started with attendants holding one minute of silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice, France.
The amount raised will be given for humanitarian aid, with particular emphasis on the very vulnerable group of unaccompanied refugee minors. Specifically, the amount will be used to create accommodation structures for minors in cooperation with the competent state authorities.
The action “EUStaff4Refugees” began last April, on the initiative of the European Union delegation staff in Greece as sympathy and solidarity towards refugees hosted in Greece.
The initiative became a pan-European affair with the practical support of employees of EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, European Court of Auditors, European Central Bank, European Investment Fund) in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and in all European capitals, where money and goods were collected for refugee children.
The European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), and the Greek Embassies in Brussels and Luxembourg are also involved in the program. Its implementation had the full support of the European Commission Vice-President, Kristalina Georgieva, the EU President and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for Immigration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianidis. In Athens, the action was under the auspices of the City of Athens.
Altogether, 11 tons of food and clothing items were collected, which, following the suggestion of the Greek Red Cross, were delivered in two refugee camps (Scaramangas and Diavates) while a total of 240,000 euros was raised for the Greek Red Cross Special Account for refugees.