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27-09-2018 - The Implementation of the Facilitation Directive and humanitarian assistance

LIBE 01-10-2018 - 17:03
The Implementation of the Facilitation Directive and humanitarian assistance to irregular migrants

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament is organising a public hearing to be held in Brussels on 27 September 2018 on "The Implementation of the Facilitation Directive and humanitarian assistance to irregular migrants".

This meeting comes as a follow-up to the recent adoption (5 July 2018) by the European Parliament of a resolution calling on the Commission to develop "Guidelines for Member States to prevent humanitarian assistance from being criminalised".
The programme includes the presentation of an update of the 2015 study commissioned by the European Parliament on the implementation of Directive 2002/90/EC of 28 November 2002 defining the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence ( "Fit for purpose? The Facilitation Directive and the criminalisation of humanitarian assistance to irregular migrants").
Point of views and experience of two citizens engaged in NGOs active with assistance to migrants, of a Member State (France), of the Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and of the Commission will also be presented to MEPs to launch the debate.

Location : European Parliament, Paul-Henri Spaak building, room PHS 3C050

Presentations and speeches from the speakers

      Lina Vosyliūtė, Researcher in Rights and Security Program (CEPS) and Jennifer Allsopp, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
      Constantin Nestler, medical doctor and volunteer for the Search and Rescue missions Jugend Rettet Iuventa and Lifeline ships
      Salam Aldeen, Founder of Danish NGO team Humanity