Mitsotakis Has Video Call with von der Leyen, Merkel about new Lesbos Hotspot

September 18, 2020

ATHENS — Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday had a video call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Their discussion focused on possible ways of operational cooperation with the European Union in a new permanent hosting facility for the reception of migrants and refugees that will be built on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The prime minister also presented a video of the new temporary camp that was set up within a few days at a firing range in Kara Tepe to house the displaced migrants and refugees from Moria after this was burned down, comparing this with the conditions at the Moria camp when he took over.

In a tweet about the meeting, the European Commission president said she had a good bilateral meeting with Merkel, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, with Mitsotakis joining via video conference to discuss a possible new centre on the island of Lesbos.

"Good bilateral with Chancellor #Merkel, current Council Chair, then joined by VTC by @kmitsotakis, on situation in Lesbos and recent achievements by Greek authorities. Explored further cooperation EU and Greece on possible pilot project on a reception and asylum center on Lesbos," she wrote.


The Greek tourism market is seeing a remarkable recovery and while it is most obvious in Athens – that’s where the media is – the powerful signs include the packed ferries and planes that connect with the islands of the South Aegean, with their iconic whitewashed houses that are what most people outside Greece think about when they contemplate visiting.

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