The Week Ahead: Agenda 15-22 May 2016
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)
EU funds/Ukraine. Budgetary Control Committee MEPs will visit Ukraine for a fact-finding mission into EU financial aid provided since the Maidan revolution to support Ukraine's stabilisation and reform process. They will look into how the aid is being used on the ground and how Ukraine is coping with corruption and whether this affects EU funds. (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)
President's diary. EP President Martin Schulz will visit Canada to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, Senate Speaker George Furey and House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan, on Wednesday. Mr Schulz will go to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to meet Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday.