Testimonies of experts from EU agencies working in the hotspots in Greece
Testimonies of experts from EU agencies working in the hotspots in Greece As part of the action to assist frontline Member States which face disproportionate migratory pressures at the EU’s external borders, in the European Agenda on Migration presented in May 2015, the European Commission proposed to develop a new Hotspot approach. EASO, Frontex, Europol and Eurojust work on the ground with the authorities of the frontline Member State to help to fulfil their obligations under EU law and swiftly identify, register and fingerprint incoming migrants. The Hotspot approach has contributed to the implementation of the temporary relocation schemes proposed by the European Commission on 27 May and 9 September 2015. Italy and Greece were the first two Members States where this Hotspot approach was implemented. The operational support provided under the Hotspot approach concentrates on registration, identification, fingerprinting and debriefing of asylum seekers, as well as return operations.