Refugee situation in Samos worse than Moria, says top EU official

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Sunday, December 2, 2018
Refugee situation in Samos worse than Moria, says top EU official

Author: Eleni Varvitsiotis | ekathimerini.com | 2 December 2018

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A high-ranking EU official warns that, despite some improvements, the situation in refugee camps in Moria, on the island of Lesbos, and, even more so, in Samos is still dire and Greece could face sanctions in 2019.

Vivi Michou, Director-General of the European Commission’s Migration and Home Affairs department since last March,  tells Kathimerini that Greek authorities should accelerate preparations for the coming winter.

According to Kathimerini’s sources, if conditions in refugee camps do not improve by September 2019, the commission could impose sanctions on Greece.

Ms. Michou, the highest-ranking Greek official in the Commission, other than Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, and the first woman to occupy this particular post, is a key player in dealing with the migration crisis. Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has worked with her in the past and entrusted her with this difficult post. Read more>>>