While countries such as Italy, Greece and Spain are dealing with an influx of asylum seekers and migrants, a bottleneck is forming in the French port city of Calais, where the numbers of migrants hoping to make it to England have reached staggering proportions.
During a recent delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily, MEPs said that EU countries affected by the situation should receive more help from the other member states.
On 16 July Parliament's civil liberties committee approved the Commission plans for a binding emergency redistribution of at least 40,000 asylum seekers across the EU. MEPs have been pushing for a stronger common asylum policy and binding quotas for EU member states to take in asylum seekers.Parliament will vote on a position in September. More information and debate from EP LinkedIn
We have compiled a package of video reports on border checks in Spain and the 'Fence' in Morocco; video and photo reportages of the migrant camp in Calais; as well as the visit of an MEP delegation to Italy. The images speak for themselves.See our infographics on migration
Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the motives and the possible consequences of Turkey's recent attempted coup, which claimed hundreds of lives and pushed the country in a turmoil, with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and representatives of the European External Action Service this morning.MEPs emphasized the need to protect democratic freedoms and assessed also the future of the EU-Turkey relations.
Committee members also elected the vice-chairs.
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The fight against terrorism should be the EU's number one priority followed by action on unemployment, the fight against tax fraud, migration, the protection of external borders and the environment, according to the vast majority of people surveyed in a special Eurobarometer carried out by the European Parliament. Those participating were asked if more or less common action is required on a range of different issues. Respondents believe that more common EU action is required in the vast majority of policy areas they were asked about. The fight against terrorism (82%) and the fight against unemployment (77%) were singled out as the main priorities by people.