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EU Operation Sophia report debated by Lords

13 June 2016

On Wednesday 15 June the House of Lords debates the European Union Committee's report, Operation Sophia, the EU's naval mission in the Mediterranean: an impossible challenge.

The report is being debated alongside another European Union Committee report, the EU Action Plan against Migrant Smuggling, published in November 2015.

The report on Operation Sophia concludes the EU naval mission to tackle people smuggling in the central Mediterranean is not working. While Operation Sophia is performing an important role in search and rescue, the mission does not in any meaningful way deter the flow of migrants, disrupt the smugglers' networks, or impede the business of people smuggling. It calls on the EU to create a wider strategy, which would build resilience in the countries of origin, target the profits of the smugglers, provide support in-country, and inform and engage the public on the phenomenon of the mass movement of people.

Speakers in the debate

The Rt Hon. the Baroness Prashar CBE, Chairman of the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee, will open the debate on the report EU Action Plan against Migrant Smuggling.

Lord Tugendhat, Chairman in the 2015-16 session of the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, will open the debate on Operation Sophia. 

Lord Keen of Elie will respond for the Government.

Other Members of the House of Lords who are due to speak in the debate can be viewed on the Speakers' Lists

Further information

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