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Slovakia active in humanitarian assistance to refugees

Slovakia active in humanitarian assistance to refugees

16.11.2016 | Humanitárna pomoc

Another two contributions with which the Slovak Republic meets the idea of flexible solidarity to the countries affected by the migration crisis were delivered to Greece and Serbia in recent days.

 

Humanitarian aid worth almost €50,000 was presented to Secretary-General of the General Secretariat for Civil Protection of Greece by Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Greece Peter Michalko. The Slovak Republic, through its Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and Ministry of Interior has already provided Greece with a third shipment of 7.2 tons of material assistance containing sleeping bags, raincoats, cots, blankets, sleeping mattresses, electric heaters and chemical toilets.

 

The material assistance for the newly-opened migration center in Kikinda – eight heaters with equipment – was presented by Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Serbia Dagmar Repčeková to Assistant Commissioner for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia Ivan Gerginov. They were bought by the Slovak Embassy in cooperation with the Slovak Evangelic Church from the town of Stará Pazova from SlovakAid resources.  This has been the first delivery of heaters; the next is planned for December.

 

The representative of the Commissariat appreciated the fact that the Slovak Republic reacted among the first to the appeal made by Serbia for helping the migration crisis. Slovakia as one of the first states also addressed the request for formation of an international police contingent for protection of the Serbian borders and sent 15-member team of policemen to the Serbian-Bulgarian borders.  As Ambassador Repčeková recalled, in terms of overall material aid Slovakia contributed €371,000 last year to Serbia – including the shipment of liquid and powder milk for migrants´ children.  Slovakia also contributed financially to Serbia with a symbolic check for €50,000, received by Labor and Social Affairs Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vulin. The head of Slovak diplomacy Miroslav Lajčák presented the check during his visit to Serbia last year.  The Government of Serbia used it this year to purchase a vehicle for first aid to migrants in Niš.