8 November 2010
On Friday 5th of November EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström visited Orestiada in Greece, following the deployment of the EU Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT) to support Greece in controlling its border.
"This is a unique expression of European solidarity", said Cecilia Malmström. " Greece is under heavy pressure and the Rapid Border Intervention Teams can help to get control of the situation while also assisting Greece in building up its own capacity. At the same time, Greece must, with European help, create a well-functioning asylum system. The humanitarian situation is very worrying."
During her stay in Greece, Cecilia Malmström visited the border area, spoke with the RABIT teams and visited a detention centre for those who have crossed the border. There are photos available from the trip here.