EU-Turkey deal/Greece, Refugees/Lebanon and Jordan, and European Youth Event (EYE) - this week in the European Parliament
This week sees a mix of delegations and visits for MEPs in the European Parliament.
EU-Turkey deal/Greece. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will go on a fact-finding mission to Greece to check on the situation at the EU’s external borders and evaluate the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal on refugees. They will travel to the FYROM border to assess the situation there after the closure of the so-called Balkans route, and to Lesvos, to see how asylum applications are processed and visit both open and closed reception facilities. MEPs will also go to Athens to meet representatives of the Greek government, EU and international bodies, as well as NGOs. They will hold a press conference in Athens, on Friday at 10:00. (Wednesday to Friday)
Refugees/Lebanon and Jordan. Budgets Committee MEPs will visit Lebanon and Jordan to report on EU funding for both countries to help them cope with the refugee crisis and to foster development cooperation and European Parliament support for UNRWA. (Monday to Thursday)
European Youth Event (EYE). The second edition of the European Youth Event (EYE2016) takes place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. "Together we can make a change" is the motto of the event where 7,500 Europeans aged 16-30 will make their voices heard in debates with MEPs and other political decision-makers and opinion-builders. The ideas discussed at the EYE will be presented to MEPs. (Friday and Saturday)