German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Thursday the launch of a German-French initiative for the reception of unaccompanied refugee minors who had lived at the Moria camp prior to the devastating fires that destroyed it.
As thousands of asylum seekers spent a third night in the open on the island of Lesvos, Merkel told a panel discussion in Berlin that “as a preliminary step we are offering to Greece to accept refugees who are minors – other steps must follow.”
The European Union must “finally assume more shared responsibility” for migration policy, Merkel said.”Germany and France will surely join, and I hope other EU member states join too,” she added.
The Chancellor estimated that the Moria tragedy should propel EU countries to “finally,” as she pointed out, reach a common migration policy, which today “does not exist,” she noted.
Margaritis Schinas, the European Commission Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life, who visited Moria on Thursday, said that “Moria is here to remind Europe that we need to change, as it is inconceivable that Europe does not yet have a single coherent migration policy.”
He announced that the new EU Pact on Migration & Asylum will be presented in September, by “which we want to put an end to this unacceptable situation” and said that it is no longer tolerable for some EU member states to carry a disproportionate burden for everyone else.