Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that the Nordic country is going to allocate over 5 million euros’ worth of initiatives for the immediate support of poor and homeless people in Greece, mainly for food and medicines. "The economic crisis has hit lots of households. I am glad that we agreed with the Greek authorities to give priority, with the EFSM funds, to emergency measures for poor and homeless people", states Ingvild Stub, Norwegian Ministry for the EU and EFSM, the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area that the non-EU countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provide to reduce economic and social inequalities in 16 Central-Southern countries of the continent. Norway funds 97% of the EFSM. December’s Eurostat figures show that Greece has 2.4 million people below the poverty threshold and over 27% unemployed people. Part of such funds will be allocated to the Solidarity House of Athens that provides 3,500 households (about 14 thousand people) with food, clothes and toiletries. "I am very grateful to Norway for deciding to directly work with the Municipality of Athens and that we can jointly support thousands of people in need", Giorgos Kaminis, the city mayor, states. It has been estimated that about 40 thousand residents of Athens rely on such initiatives. ” “

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