Humanitarian help to migrants: debate in plenary
Helping migrants for humanitarian reasons should not be a crime, according to a draft resolution to be debated on Tuesday and voted on Wednesday. The text asks member states to introduce exemptions into their legislation to avoid individuals and NGOs doing humanitarian work being prosecuted.
MEPs are worried about the “unintended consequences” of the EU legislation that foresees criminal penalties for anyone who “facilitates” the irregular entry, transit and residence of migrants, and insist that the law also empowers member states to exempt “humanitarian” action from the list of crimes.
Procedure: Oral question to the Commission, with resolution
Debate: Tuesday, 3 July
Vote: Thursday, 5 July