Head of EU Commission’s new ‘task force’ for Greece in Athens
The head of the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) Maarten Verwey is due in Greece on Monday for a visit focusing on the response to the refugee crisis. The head of the Commission’s new ‘task force’ for Greece will spend Monday in Athens, attending meetings to be held by European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu, and then visit the island of Lesvos on Tuesday in order to speed up efforts to set up the first refugee ‘hot spot’ on the island.
Speaking to the ANA-MPA, the head of the European Commission’s Office in Athens Panagiotis Karvounis said that Verwey was visiting Greece in the framework of his remit, in order to assist the efforts to quickly and effectively deal with the challenges posed by the refugee issue “since there is no time to waste”. While visiting Lesvos, Verwey will seek to get an idea of the problems at first hand and discuss the installation and operation of the first hot spot, which Greek authorities have agreed must be operational very soon, he added.
The SRSS is the ‘successor’ agency to the Commission’s EU Task Force for Greece, which was led by Horst Reichenbach.
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