Bratislava, February 3 (TASR) – The Slovak Government at its regular session on Wednesday decided to approve the payment of €5.3 million by April 15 via funds of the European Union and the UN network aimed at dealing with the causes and consequences of the current migration crisis.
The Government has voluntarily earmarked the highest share of the money, €3 million, for the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis MADAD, which was established in December 2014. The money should be used to cover the needs of refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and other countries hit by the Syrian crisis.
Slovakia will voluntarily contribute an additional €1.7 million to funds and programmes within the UN network. Of this sum, €300,000 will be allocated to the UN’s World Food Programme, €600,000 to UNHCR and €400,000 each to UNICEF and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The remaining €600,000 will be divided among the UN Fund for Mediation and Preventive Diplomacy, the Crisis Prevention and Recovery Fund and the Peacebuilding Fund.
Slovakia’s voluntary commitment concerning the relocation of 100 people from Greece and Italy and the resettlement of an additional 100 people from third countries that unambiguously need international protection remains in force.