Welcoming the President of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz pointed out that Lebanon, with its four million inhabitants, is hosting one million Syrian refugees. This deserves the “greatest recognition and greatest thanks”, particularly in light of the debate on refugees in the EU, Schulz said at the opening of the February II plenary session, adding that the European Parliament will assist the country in any way.
"The European Parliament, and, I am quite sure, the European Institutions, stand together at your side. I wish that one could say that for all the EU Member States,” Mr Schulz told Mr Berri.
The Commission statement on the European Semester package, including the country reports, was postponed, as the Commission has not yet adopted its decision on the European Semester.
Jaromír KOHLÍČEK (GUE/NGL, CZ) replaces Miloslav RANSDORF (GUE/NGL, CZ) as of 4 February 2016.