Following his participation in the G6 ministerial meeting of Interior Ministers in Paris, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos made the following statement:
"I am particularly pleased to have made my first official trip as Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship here in Paris, to represent the European Commission at the G6 meeting.
The European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos made the following statement on the drowning of at least 24 people, after the sinking of a boat off the north coast of Turkey which carried migrants:
"I am appalled by today's tragedy in Turkey. This new deadly incident brings once again to the forefront the urgency to take concrete action to save lives, to address irregular migration, and to help those in need of protection.
The Minister of National Defence Dimitris Avramopoulos will go to Strasbourg for 24 hours, so as to participate to tomorrow’s ad hoc plenary session of the European Parliament, where the new European Commission will be voted.
Chairman, Honourable Members of the European Parliament,