European Progressives in Lebanon to tackle Refugee crisis

European Progressives in Lebanon to tackle Refugee crisis


‘Working together to address the refugee crisis’

On Saturday 31 October progressive political forces from across Europe will be in Beirut to address the impact of the refugee crisis with local partners. At a conference, key players from Europe and the region will debate the causes of the crisis and how host countries can be supported to deal with it.

After the conference all will visit a refugee camps to witness the impact first hand.


The Party of European Socialists is organising this event with the Global Progressive Forum, the S&D group in the European Parliament and the Arab Social Democratic Forum.

Speakers include:

Walid Jumblatt, PSP Leader

Sergei Stanishev, PES President

Gianni Pitella, President of S&D Group in European Parliament

Nabeel Shaath, Commissioner for International Relations, Fatah, Palestine

Mireille Girard, UNHCR Representative Lebanon

Yvette Cooper, UK Member of Parliament

Deiderik Samson, Leader – PvdA


31 October

9.00 – 9.30 SPEECHES: Walid Jumblatt (PSP Leader) and Gianni Pitella (S&D President)

9.30 – 11.00 DEBATE: Addressing the root causes of the refugee crisis

11.20 – 11.30 SPEECH: Christos Stylianides – EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

11.30 – 13.00 DEBATE: How can the EU support host countries?

13.00 – 13.30 SPEECH: Sergei Stanishev, PES President

13.30 – Press Point with Sergei Stanishev, PES President, in Press room in Bristol Hotel

15.00 – 18.00 VISIT to refugee camps (Telyani Camp, Awdi Camp, Sabra and Shatila).


Conference: BRISTOL HOTEL, Verdun, Mme Curie street, Beirut 1107 2080, Lebanon

Refugee camps: Telyani Camp (Bar Elias), Awdi Camp, and Sabra and Shatila (Beirut).