European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas on Wednesday weighed in on a row between the Greek government and local authorities over plans to build pre-deportation centers on the five Aegean islands that are on the frontline of the migration/refugee crisis, calling for a greater "sense of responsibility and consensus."
European Commission communication chief Margaritis Schinas held his first "informal" meeting with newly elected Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The Greek spokesman announced the meeting on Twitter on Wednesday, posting a photograph with the German former defense minister.
"There is a lot of work lying ahead and major challenges," Schinas commented in the post.
The Greek government on Thursday is expected to nominate European Commission's chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas as the country's next European commissioner, Kathimerini understands.
Sources said the announcement will be made later on Thursday.
Schinas served as a member of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009 with New Democracy.
The European Commission does not feel any nostalgia for the way the Greek government handled its negotiations with its creditors in the first half of 2015, spokesman Margaritis Schinas said on Thursday, asked to comment on the three-year anniversary from the referendum called by the governing coalition in Greece and the political controversy over post-bailout surveillance.