Migrant crisis and human trafficking - this week in the European Parliament
MEPs return from Strasbourg for external parliamentary activities from Monday 8th to Friday 12th February.
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)