The entire leadership of the European Union will be in Evros on Tuesday, along with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, to assess the situation on the Greek-Turkish border, which also constitutes the EU’s border with Turkey.
Premier Mitsotakis will be there along with Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, and David Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament.
Greece wants to send a clear message to all directions that the situation in Evros is a European emergency — and it requires a European response.
EU Commission President @vonderleyen and @EP_President David Sassoli will join @eucopresident Charles Michel and me tomorrow on the Greek-Turkish land border.
Important statement of support by all 3 institutions at a time when Greece is successfully defending EU borders.
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) March 2, 2020
Support for Greek efforts to protect the European borders. Closely monitoring the situation on the ground.
I will be visiting the Greek-Turkish border on Tuesday with @PrimeministerGR Mitsotakis.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) March 1, 2020
The three European officials are expected to land in Alexandroupolis at 13:05 local time.
Additionally, Margaritis Schinas, the VP of the European Commission, Andrej Plenković, the Prime Minister of Croatia, and Davor Božinović, the Deputy Croatian PM, will also arrive at the Greek city tomorrow afternoon.
The nation of Croatia currently holds the rotating Presidency of the European Union.
The European Union leaders will fly above the Greek and European border with Turkey, and will then travel to the border city of Orestiada.
The leaders will then visit the border village of Kastanies and will conclude their visit with a dinner in Alexandroupolis.
Greek Military Exercises
In the meantime, Greece’s IV Army Corps announced on Sunday that it will conduct exercises with live ammunition on Monday in the county of Evros, using machine guns, rifles and pistols.
Additionally, the Greek Navy will be conducting exercises along the country’s eastern border, from Samothrace to Castellorizo, throughout Monday, Greece’s Supreme Military Command of the Interior and Islands (ASDEN) announced.