EC has allocated two million euros to UNHCR for dealing with the refugee crisis in Macedonia and Serbia

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The European Commission (EC) provided Tuesday an additional financial support for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in amount of €2 million to meet the basic needs of vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers currently in the Western Balkans, especially those in Macedonia and Serbia, MIA reports from Brussels.

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This humanitarian aid will enable the UNHCR to provide 200,000 refugees with warm clothes for the winter and temporary shelter and protection at reception sites in the region, the EC has said in a press release.

“With winter looming, the most vulnerable need our help and solidarity more than ever. They need basic supplies such as food, shelter, hygiene items as well as emergency health care. We are providing humanitarian support to do just that”, said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

In 2015, the EC is providing humanitarian aid amounting to over €8.74 million in the Western Balkans, it has said. This funding for the UNHCR is part of the €17 million aid package announced on 3 October to help Serbia and Macedonia cope with the refugee influx.

“Following progress made after the first video conference of the Western Balkans Route contact points, appointed after the 25 October Leaders’ Meeting, the next video conference will take place on 4 November,” read the press release.

The video conference, where Macedonia is represented by MoI’s state secretary Anastasija Ilieska, will be an opportunity to take stock of the state of play of the operational measures adopted last week.

After last week’s video conference, Brussels is expecting Macedonia to present exact figures regarding its reception capacities. So far, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia and Croatia have presented numbers to take in more migrants and refugees in their reception centers