Commission’s Maarten Verwey to visit the island of Lesvos “hotspots” on Thursday

Maarten Verwey, director general of the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service, is expected in Mytilini, Lesvos, on Thursday to meet with local officials and visit the Kara Tepe and Moria reception and identification centers, where migrants and refugees are awaiting processing.

In charge of the implementation of the European Union-Turkey agreement on migration, Verwey will view the situation on the ground following a recent spike in migration flows to the border island.

During his last visit to the island in January, the EU official had presented an action plan which aimed at reducing migration pressure on the islands by April. At the time of his visit, there were 5,591 refugees and migrants trapped on the island and awaiting processing; their current number has exceeded 6,300 individuals.