"Greece must gradually increase its efforts to implement its obligations as a state on the outer border of the EU bloc and the Schengen area to protect its external borders and to build a working centers for the reception of refugees in the necessary quantity," Seibert told reporters.
According to the government spokesman, the European Commission's proposal on financial support will "to a large extent benefit Greece."
Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their home countries to escape violence and poverty. Many of them take the West Balkan route, which crosses Greece, using the county as an entry point into the bloc from which they travel onward to wealthier EU states where they intend to apply for asylum.
Earlier this year, Athens asked the European Commission for 500 million euros to aid asylum seekers.