The European Commission stated that 20.000 people currently in Greece are eligible for relocation to other EU member states.
Only 9,600 have been relocated from Greece.
Last December, the EU proposed a target of 3,000 relocation per month for Greece.
However, the current pace of relocation in Greece is about 1,000 people per month, the European Commission noted, adding that “the total number relocated from Greece by September 2017 would be around 16,400 people.”
This represents around 57 percent of the total number of persons eligible for relocation.
In November 2016, the European Commission expressed hopes that all eligible asylum seekers currently in Greece could be relocated by September 2017.
The new fact sheet remarks about delays in implementation of the scheme and notes that, at the current pace, it would be difficult for member states to meet their obligations by September 2017.
The European Commission has threatened member states with financial penalties if they do not fulfilling their commitment to relocate eligible candidates from Greece and Italy, and noted that the relocation program will not stop after September 2017.
“The relocation procedure set out in those decisions must still be carried out by the Member States for eligible applicants within a reasonable timeframe thereafter.” the European Commission stated.