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Press trip Greece: Visiting projects that support refugees and migrants POSTPONED

13 July - 15 July 2016, Greece (DG ECHO)

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In cooperation with the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the European Journalism Centre (EJC) organises a press trip to Greece on 13-15 July for a group of 10 journalists from the EU28.

The trip aims to raise awareness and understanding of the EUs emergency support for refugees and migrants within the EU by way of providing journalists with opportunities to report from the field and meeting organisations and stakeholders working on the ground.

In March 2016, the European Commission proposed a faster, more targeted way to respond to major crises, including helping Member States cope with large numbers of refugees in the form of an Emergency Support Instrument (300 million are estimated for 2016), which will compliment other existing EU funding instruments.

Against this rationale, 83 million have been approved in April to improve living conditions for refugees and migrants in Greece. The funding has been made available for projects run by the UNHCR, the International federation of the Red Cross and a number of international NGOs. The partners will all be working with the Greek government and a number of local NGOs to ensure that aid is provided in a structured way in as many places as possible. Through these new projects, the EU will help provide refugees and migrants in Greece with primary health care, food, better hygiene conditions, child friendly spaces and construct temporary housing.

The 3-day programme will mainly feature visits to the EU-funded projects on the Greek mainland. Arrival in Athens is planned for 12 July with the departure on 16 July (with the option of flying back in and out at an earlier or later date, respectively, provided that flights do not cost more). A more detailed seminar programme will be available shortly.

This press trip is especially tailored for journalists in the field of humanitarian aid, migration and refugee crisis. The organisers will cover travel, accommodation and most meals.

Interested journalists should apply directly via the EJC seminars website by 10 June at the latest. For more information, contact Barbara Kuznik at kuznik@ejc.net.

* DG ECHO is showing its support for World Refugee Day with an awareness-raising campaign and video that will be rolled out across social media. The campaign will draw attention to the plight of the 60 million men, women and children currently displaced worldwide. EU funding for humanitarian assistance saves lives and provides access to shelter, food and other essential services such as health, nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and education.

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