Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun to address European Parliament 

The President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, will address MEPs in a formal sitting on Tuesday at 12:00.

EU-Lebanon relations and cooperation, the war in Syria, migration and promoting stability and peace in the Middle East are likely to be among the issues addressed during Mr Aoun’s first official visit to the European Parliament.

He will also be the first Lebanese head of state or government to deliver a speech at a plenary session in Strasbourg. Mr Aoun’s current presidential term started in October 2016.

Background

EU-Lebanon relations are governed by an association agreement in force since April 2006. The EU is also Lebanon’s most important trading partner, accounting for around one third of Lebanese trade.

Following the devastating war in its neighbouring country Syria, Lebanon currently hosts the highest per capita population of refugees in the world. Due to restrictive border policies and a freeze on registering refugees by Lebanese authorities, the number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon dropped marginally from 1.017 million in 2016 to 1.001 million in 2017, according to the 2017 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon.

Procedure: Formal Sitting

Debate: Tuesday, 11 September