EC grants Greece US$1.4 mn for 90 fingerprint scanners
25 January 2016 15:02 GMT

The European Commission last week decided to award Greece €1.36 million (US$1.4 million) in emergency funding for the acquisition of 90 fingerprinting devices. 

The devices will be used to ensure proper identification and registration of migrants at Greek border crossings.

The EC noted that the emergency funding comes from the Internal Security Fund (ISF).

The 90 fingerprinting devices and workstations will be connected to the central EURODAC system to ensure sharing of information, and will be installed at border crossing points throughout the country, including on the Eastern Aegean islands.

The aim is for the fingerprint scanners to ensure the full and effective operation of the hotspots established on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Leros, Kos and Samos.

“This emergency assistance is part of the Commission's overall efforts to support concrete and effective actions in Member States facing high migratory pressure. For 2016, the Commission has foreseen emergency financial assistance, available to all Member States, of €55.9 million under the ISF programme and €133 million under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)", the EC wrote in its statement.

This week migration minister Yannis Mouzalas said that Greece now fingerprinted 80-90 percent of people, compared with 50 percent not long ago.