Schinas at Lesbos: “Moria Is Here to Remind Europe that We Need to Change”

September 11, 2020

MORIA, Greece — European Commission Vice-President for Promoting European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas said that "Moria is here to remind Europe that we need to change, as it is inconceivable that Europe does not yet have a single coherent migration policy," speaking from the island of Lesvos on Thursday, where he travelled to the site where Tuesday night's inferno destroyed the Moria refugee camp, leaving thousands homeless.

"We are a family of 27 countries, we are the largest market in the world, we have 25 pct of the world's wealth, it is inconceivable that Europe does not yet have a unified migration policy," the Commissioner insisted.

He announced that the new EU Pact on Migration & Asylum will be presented in September, by "which we want to put an end to this unacceptable situation" and said that it is no longer tolerable for some EU member states to carry a disproportionate burden for everyone else, as he said.

"We are one and we must act as a whole. The time is now and Europe will always be clear that Moria symbolizes what needs to change," he said.


SKOPJE - Greece remains calm in the face of the challenges it has to contend with in the Eastern Mediterranean, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in statements late on Wednesday, following a meeting with North Macedonia's Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani in Skopje.

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