BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — He added that the implementation of the agreement remained challenging.
"The EU-Turkey statement was a game changer which allowed us to brake the cruel business model of smugglers exploiting human misery and putting people's lives in danger. We hear many voices criticizing the agreement but we hear none providing viable alternatives that would have saved as many lives," Schinas told reporters.
Amid Ankara's tensions with the Netherlands and Germany over rally bans, Turkish officials threatened to reconsider the deal.
On March 15, Greece researcher at Human Rights Watch Eva Cosse said the migrant agreement was "an unmitigated disaster" for refugees and migrants, as they were trapped in rough conditions on Greek islands.