Two European Parliament Committees will visit Lebanon from 19 to 22 September.
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (19-22 September), led by its Chairman Claude Moraes, will look into the situation of refugees in Lebanon. The Committee will meet UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA and IOM, as well as representatives of the Lebanese civil society. It will also meet members of the Lebanese Parliament and the Minister for Social Affairs Rashid Derbas. The visit will feed into the committee's legislative work in the area of asylum.
The Committee on Budgetary Control (20-21 September), led by Committee Chairman Inge Gräßle, will visit EU-funded projects in support to Palestinian refugees.
Both visits take place in the context of the EU's deep commitment to support Lebanon's institutions to better address the impact of the Syrian crisis, to the benefit of both refugees and Lebanese host communities.
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs is responsible for the protection within the EU territory of citizens' fundamental rights, including the protection of minorities. It handles issues of protection of personal data, migration, asylum rules, the integrated management of common borders as well as police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters.
The Committee on Budgetary Control is responsible for the control of the implementation of the EU's budget. It considers fraud and irregularities in the budget implementation, and suggests measures aimed at preventing and prosecuting such cases.