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"Our islanders today are shouldering the burden of refugees reception and hospitality, and, ultimately, the entire burden of Europe. Citizens on these islands must feel sure that the state is looking after them,” AlexisTsipras during his visist on Nisyros, where he was accompanied by the Minister of Defense
Speaking from Nisyros Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday announced a series of measures regarding eastern Aegean Greek islands.
“Today we are announcing measures for the islands which carry the burden of the migration [crisis],” Greece is an island country and would actively show support for its islands, as well as those guarding "Thermopylae" and the eastern borders of Europe, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said adding that northern Aegean and Dodecanese islands would be exempt from a VAT hike which is part of the country’s commitments under its bailout program.
He said that the left-led government was planning to reinforce the area's ferry services network and seek improvements in health-related issues.
He said that foreign technocrats underestimate the particularities of the country, including Greece’s long coastal line and the difficulties in reaching islands in the winter.