European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides’s visit to Asylum Centre Krnjaca

The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides visited Serbia on 21 January 2017. Together with the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin and the EU Ambassador Davenport, the Commissioner visited the Asylum Centre Krnjaca in Belgrade, where 1101 refugees/asylum seekers/migrants are currently hosted.

During his visit to the Asylum Centre, Commissioner Stylianides had the opportunity to talk to the refugees hosted in the centre. The Commissioner visited some activities funded by the European Union, specifically the child-friendly space activities organised for refugee children by UNICEF and the Danish Refugee Council, as well as the provision of medical services provided in the newly rehabilitated medical Unit by UNHCR/Danish Refugee Council.

In his statement Commissioner Stylianides reiterated that the European Union is committed to continue assisting with concrete funding and support and that the emergency assistance will help provide food, water, hygiene and other essential items, as well as healthcare. He highlighted that the EU will continue working closely with the Serbian authorities with the help of UN agencies and other humanitarian organisations to meet the most urgent needs, in particular to ensure that centres are adequate for the winter.