Migration and Home Affairs

President Juncker appoints EU Coordinator to organise operational implementation in Greece

President Juncker has today appointed Maarten Verwey to act as the EU Coordinator to implement the EU-Turkey statement. This follows the agreement by Heads of State or Government meeting in the European Council today that "the Commission will coordinate and organise together with Member States and Agencies the necessary support structures to implement it effectively."

Following the agreement reached today between the European Union and Turkey to return all new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey into the Greek islands as from 20 March 2016, EU Member States agreed to provide Greece at short notice with the necessary means, including border guards, asylum experts and interpreters.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "We agreed today that the Commission will appoint an EU Coordinator on the ground to make the plan operational. I have decided that this will be Maarten Verwey, the Director General of the Structural Reforms Support Service who already is in Greece helping on a daily basis with the management of the refugee crisis. He will organise the work and coordinate the dispatching of the 4,000 staff that will be needed from Greece, Member States, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and FRONTEX. We need case workers, interpreters, judges, return officers and security officers."

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Friday, 18 March, 2016