EU INSTITUTIONS – Moria haunts Commission migration policy

“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,” said European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas during a visit to Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, destroyed by Tuesday (8 September) night’s inferno leaving thousands without shelter.

The Commissioner added that “we are a family of 27 countries, we are the largest market in the world, we have 25% of the world’s wealth, it is inconceivable that Europe does not yet have a unified migration policy”.

Schinas 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”.

He also made it clear that it is no longer tolerable for some EU member states to carry a disproportionate burden for everyone else. “We are one and we must act as a whole. The time is now and Europe will always be clear that Moria symbolises what needs to change,” he said.

Schinas is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday (11 September). (Sarantis Michalopoulos |

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