Following the crash of the MH17 flight, Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, stated :
"The Russian – Ukrainian border must be closed.
The crash of the Malaysian Airlines flight is an immense tragedy, and I send my deepest condolences to the families and the relatives of the victims. An independent international investigation must be conducted without delay and without restrictions.
Wherever the responsibilities for the crash lie, this catastrophe sheds again light on the fact that the militia and rebels in the Eastern regions of Ukraine have access to sophisticated weapons. It is now time for Russia to show its credibility and prove to the world that it commits itself to establishing clear and well defined conditions for the control of borders, in order to dry up this flow of arms in the region. The full and effective control of the border by the Ukrainian authorities with the assistance from the OSCE must be ensured, and Russia has to actively use its influence over the illegally armed groups for the achievement of that goal and should set the conditions for it also on its side.
Russia will otherwise lose any credibility that it is interested in a peaceful political solution."
Extraordinary meeting with David O´Sullivan and Jari Vilen
On 14 July at an in-camera extraordinary meeting Members of the AFET Committee had an exchange of views with David O'Sullivan, newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation in Washington and also with Jari Vilen, newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe. Both exchanges of views were held in compliance with the Declaration on Political Accountability of the HR/VP.
Elmar Brok (EPP) elected chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
Elmar Brok is the new chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, elected by acclamation on 07.07.14. During its constituent meeting, the Committee has also elected its vice-chairs Ryszard Antoni Legutko (ECR), Marina Albiol (GUE), Ioan Mircea Pașcu (S&D), and Andrej Plenković (EPP). Together, the chair and vice-chairs make up the bureau of the Committee, elected for a two-and-a-half year term. The first meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs will take place on 01.09.14.