World Humanitarian Summit – MEPs to urge the EU to show leadership  

Proliferating crises, a creaking humanitarian system, and attacks on schools and hospitals will be among the topics MEPs will debate with EU Commissioner Christos Stylianides and and Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert representing the Council Presidency on Tuesday, ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit. MEPs are likely to call on the EU and its member states to play a leading role at the summit and use their influence to prevent conflicts and bring war criminals to justice.

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, initiated by the UN Secretary General, takes place in Istanbul on May 23-24. The UN chief outlined five core responsibilities for the international community and expects leaders to make commitments for better political leadership, the protection for civilians, inclusive aid policies, root-cause solutions and investments in local capacities. The EU and it member states are leading humanitarian aid donors. MEPs approved a list of recommendations last December for the May summit.

Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by debate


Debate: Tuesday, 10 May