Kati Piri is a Socialist and Democrat Member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands. She focuses on foreign affairs, human rights, justice and home affairs, and civil liberties. She is the standing rapporteur on Turkey, drafting the EP's annual progress report on Turkey's accession process. Piri is also member of the EU-Ukraine delegation and the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly is the inter-parliamentary forum in which members of the European Parliament and the national parliaments of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia participate. It was established as a component of the Eastern Partnership. After the elections in Belarus in 2010 were declared as flawed by the OSCE, the membership of Belarus in Euronest was automatically suspended. Previously, she worked as programme manager for the South Caucasus at the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and as political advisor for the Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group) in Brussels.
The EU-Turkey Statement that was adopted on 18 March 2016 by the European Council and the Turkish government was presented as a game changer for the migration crisis that emerged in Europe last year.