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27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues

19 Jan 2016 description
report European Union

Frontex publishes analysis of borders in the western Balkans for Q3

More than 610 000 illegal border crossings by migrants from outside the region were reported at the Western Balkan common and regional borders in the third quarter of 2015. This was more than twice the total number of such detections in the region since data collection began six and a half years ago (between January 2009 and June 2015).

15 Jan 2016 description
  • The beginning of 2016 did not see major changes in the winter trends of persons in transit on the Western Balkans route, despite the fact that there was a temporary sharp decrease some consecutive days due to bad weather conditions over the Aegean Sea. UNHCR reports an increase in the percentage of children among the people arriving in Greece.
  • With tighter controls at the borders along the Western Balkan route, the number of persons refused from entering because of forged documents or no registration documents is increasing.
01 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 1 December 2015 – Unpredictable border restrictions and harsh weather are compounding the hardships and challenges for refugee and migrant children and women who now account for more than half of all arrivals by sea.

From the beginning of 2015 until November, over 876,000 people arrived across the Mediterranean on European shores. The proportion of women and children has continued to rise since the summer. In June, it was 27 per cent children and women; in November it increased to 52 per cent.*

30 Oct 2015 description

IOM Launches Updated Response Plan for Mediterranean and Beyond

Switzerland - IOM has released an update to its June 2015 response plan “Addressing Complex Migration Flows in the Mediterranean.” It includes a series of proposed interventions to be implemented through December 2016, some of which are already underway, others are still at the planning stage.

23 Oct 2015 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Friday 10/23/2015 - 21:03 GMT

German will toughen up its asylum rules on Saturday, a week ahead of schedule, as it faces an unprecedented number of migrants arriving from Syria and elsewhere.

The new bill, adopted by parliament at exceptional speed, had been expected to take effect on November 1.

But it was published in the country's legal gazette on Friday, which means it will become operational on Saturday. 

16 Oct 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Refugees and migrants have continued to steadily enter Europe at levels not seen since World World II, primarily through Greece from Turkey, continuing north through Western Balkans and then onwards to Western Europe.

  • There is an urgent need to ensure children and their families are protected from the cold and rainy weather, improve child nutrition, and increase national capacities to effectively identify and address child protection risks and act in the best interests of children on the move.

15 Oct 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

The Bundestag is discussing new laws for refugees that will facilitate swifter deportation. But one proposal - setting up transit zones at the border - goes too far for the Social Democrats.

The head of the Social Democrats and Germany's deputy chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, rejected the proposal of setting up transit zones for refugees coming from across the border to Germany.

14 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly

Seventieth Session,
31st Meeting (AM)

By building an extraordinary legal edifice of international criminal accountability, the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia had helped lay the groundwork for future generations to prosecute international law violations more efficiently and with a better understanding of the law, the General Assembly heard today as it took up the latest reports on the courts.

08 Oct 2015 description

Luxembourg, Luxembourg | AFP | jeudi 08/10/2015 - 18:33 GMT

L'UE s'est engagée jeudi à aider les pays des Balkans et les voisins de la Syrie, frappés par l'exode de réfugiés vers l'Europe, tout en leur demandant de coopérer pour partager le fardeau.

25 Sep 2015 description

Podgorica, Montenegro | AFP | Friday 9/25/2015 - 14:18 GMT

Montenegro is preparing for the likely influx of migrants from Syria and beyond as they carve out a new path on their journey to Western Europe, the government said Friday.

"With the latest developments at Hungary's border (with Croatia) and the pressure on Macedonia and Serbia, it is possible that many refugees will choose to go through ... Montenegro," the government said in a statement.

17 Sep 2015 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Fact Sheet

Brussels, 17 September 2015

Updated with the most recent data available on 17 September 2015

For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support. The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.

15 Sep 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Brussels, September 16, 2015) – The response to the refugee crisis agreed by the European Union interior ministers on September 14, 2015, is largely focused on shifting responsibility to countries outside the EU, Human Rights Watch said today.

15 Sep 2015 description


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2(a), Article 4 and Article 13 thereof,
Having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 2 , and in particular Article 84(2) thereof,


11 Sep 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 11 septembre 2015 (IRIN) - À l’occasion de son discours sur l’état de l’Union, prononcé le 9 septembre, le président de la Commission européenne Jean-Claude Juncker a appelé à une « action audacieuse et concertée » pour gérer la crise des réfugiés en Europe. Il a en outre évoqué une série de mesures que les États membres devront décider d’adopter ou non à Bruxelles lundi prochain.

Voici le point de vue d’IRIN sur les principales propositions :

Relocaliser 160 000 demandeurs d’asile

04 Sep 2015 description

Western Balkan - Regional Overview

• Currently Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia are transit countries for migrants and refugees trying to re-enter the Schengen area in Hungary.

• Due to the construction of the fence in the Hungarian southern border with Serbia, migrants/refugees may seek alternative routes: for example from Albania to Italy or through Croatia to the Schengen area.

ECHO involvement

27 Aug 2015 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 27 August 2015

For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support.

The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.

This is done primarily through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

25 Aug 2015 description

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Tueday 8/254/2015 - 02:30 GMT

by Simon STURDEE

Europe's raging migrant crisis is set to hijack a summit in Vienna of leaders from the western Balkans region on Thursday that will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

When it was announced a year ago, the gathering of a slew of heads of government and ministers as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was meant to be about regional cooperation and prospects for joining the EU.