Answer to Written Question: Livestock farmers in Lesbos despair over the slaughter of their animals by armed illegal immigrants

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Ms Johansson

on behalf of the European Commission


The Commission condemns any criminal activity, regardless of the origin of the perpetrator. The protection of the national population is entrusted solely in the jurisdiction of the Member State authorities. Therefore, regarding the alleged incidents reported, the Greek law enforcement authorities are the competent ones to investigate and bring to justice the individuals engaging in criminal actions.

With respect to the alleged possession of weapons by migrants residing on Lesvos, the safety and security of the residents and staff of the reception and identification centres rests entirely in the remit of the Greek Police and other governmental authorities involved in the management of these facilities. The systematic control and monitoring of the migrants’ population to prevent the smuggling of weapons, illegal substances and any other items illegally acquired is part of the security-related responsibilities vested in the Police.

Further, the Commission proposed a European approach to migration and asylum in its New Pact on Migration and Asylum[1]. The New Pact sets out a comprehensive approach, bringing together policy in the areas of migration, asylum, integration and border management, recognising that the overall effectiveness depends on progress in all areas. It proposes faster and seamless migration processes, stronger governance of migration and border policies, aiming at reducing unsafe and irregular migration while promoting sustainable legal pathways to the EU.

[1] COM(2020) 609 FINAL of 23 September 2020.

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