Meeting between AFET Chair Brok and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili
On 18 November, the Chair of the AFET Committee, Elmar Brok, had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, accompanied by a high level delegation. They discussed current developments in Georgia and in the region, as well as EU-Georgia relations. The meeting took place the day after AFET's adoption, by overwhelming majority, of the recommendation and resolution on the conclusion of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
AFET Chair Brok meets Danish and Swedish Ministers of Foreign Affairs
On 18 November, the chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr Elmar Brok, met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Mr Martin Lidegaard, and, later that day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms Margot Wallström. The meetings took place one day after the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council and focussed the situation in Ukraine, Russia and the Middle East, which were at the core of the discussions at the Foreign Affairs Council.
Vote in AFET on EU-Georgia Association Agreement
On 17 November the Committee on Foreign Affairs voted on the Association Agreement between the EU and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Georgia, of the other part - Rapporteur Andrejs Mamikins (S&D).
The Foreign Affairs Committee held an exchange of views with Lamberto Zannier, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on 12.11.2014. The main focus of the debate was the recent developments in Ukraine, and in the rest of the OSCE area.
AFET Chair Elmar Brok meets Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Mr Elmar Brok, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs was received on 5 November by His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness Pope Francis. The meeting took place at the Holy See.
During the meeting, the Secretary of State and the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs discussed selected issues of foreign policy, with particular regard to the crises in Ukraine and Syria and the situation in the Middle East, as well as the Ebola crisis in Africa.
His Eminence Cardinal Parolin and Mr Brok focussed on the role which the EU can play in the world as a political actor, both in terms of promoting stability, security and democracy and with reference to assistance to third countries and the fight against poverty. The Secretary of State and the AFET Chair also discussed the very important visit which His Holiness Pope Francis will pay to the European Parliament on 25 November in Strasbourg. His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed interest in holding further discussions with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament in the future.
Mr Brok is in Rome for the Inter-parliamentary conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) which is held on 5-7 November 2014.
EULEX Kosovo: Brok and Lunacek welcome Mogherini’s decision on independent expert
Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA, AT), EP Vice-President and Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur on Kosovo, welcomed the decision by the High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission to appoint an independent investigator to look into the allegations of corruption at EULEX Kosovo mission, stressing nevertheless the need for prompt and effective results.
Elmar Brok and Ulrike Lunacek issued the following statement today: "We welcome the decision by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, to appoint an independent legal expert to look into the allegations of corruption at EULEX Kosovo. However this is only a first step. We reiterate that it is of utmost importance to urgently shed light on all the allegations of corruption and on the internal investigations that have been carried out in secret immediately.
This is a prompt reaction that demonstrates the will of the new High Representative to listen and respond to the Parliament demands. However many questions still remain to be answered.
Indeed, following the exchange of views in the Foreign Affairs Committee with the Civilian operations Commander and the Director for Western Europe and Balkans on Monday evening, we have sent a letter to the High Representative raising all the questions that were left unanswered and that should receive a prompt reply.
We believe that EULEX has played, and still plays, an important role in Kosovo. That is why these allegations have to be looked into immediately, and transparently, to establish clearly what has occurred. We are in no way prejudging the outcome of the investigation. However, there must be zero tolerance policy on issues of corruption.
We give our support to the work of the independent investigator and to the new Head of Mission Meucci. We expect to be informed promptly and to see concrete results.
The Parliament will consider different parliamentary investigation methods, including setting up an investigation committee, after we have received the reply from the HRVP.
Finally, we take note as a positive step the availability of the High Representative to share with us useful confidential documents regarding the investigation and the allegations, via appropriate channels. We will continue to follow this matter closely and actively. ”
Ukraine elections. Meeting with Colombian President
The Committee on Foreign Affairs discussed the general elections in Ukraine with the Head of the EP Observation Delegation to Ukraine, Andrej Plenković, on 03.11.14 in presence of Tana de Zulueta (OSCE/ODIHR). The day after, the Committee met Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of Colombia.
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