Agenda- The Week Ahead 8 - 14 February 2016
Official delegation visits to Turkey, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are taking place this week. In Parliament's calendar, a certain number of weeks are set aside for external parliamentary activities allowing MEPs to undertake activities away from “base”.
Turkey/refugees. Two delegations from the Budgets and the Civil Liberties committees will be in Turkey. Budgets MEPs will discuss the use of European pre-accession funds with Turkish authorities and investigate the use of EU support measures for refugees from Syria and Iraq, inter alia by visiting a refugee camp. Civil liberties MEPs will also visit a refugee camp and other refugee support projects as well as meeting Turkish interlocutors, international NGOs and other partners to assess the situation on the ground. (Monday to Thursday)
Germany/refugees. The Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee will send a delegation to Munich to meet Bavarian local authorities and visit a unit that places female refugees and another refugee camp to study reception arrangements for female asylum seekers. (Wednesday to Friday)
Human trafficking. A delegation of the Security and Defence Sub-committee will visit an EU naval operation fighting human smugglers ("Operation Sofia") and meet the Italian Minister of Interior and Members of Parliament to discuss EU-supported operations tackling irregular migration and learn from Italy's experience in conducting such operations. (Monday to Wednesday)
Saudi Arabia and Qatar. A Foreign Affairs Committee delegation will travel to Saudi Arabia and Doha, Qatar, to discuss EU-Saudi Arabian and EU-Qatari relations and the situation in neighbouring Arab states. (Monday to Wednesday)
President's diary. President Schulz will pay an official visit to Tunisia, where he will meet President of the Republic Beji Caid Essebsi, Prime Minister Habib Essid and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Ennaceur. He will address the Tunisian Parliament and also meet representatives of the opposition and the civil society, including the National Dialogue Quartet Nobel Peace Prize laureates. (Monday to Wednesday)