The leadership of AFET and LIBE committees will jointly meet on Tuesday 17 December with a Delegation from the US Congress, led by Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers to discuss EU-US relations and measures needed to restore trust in the context of the NSA issue. The closed meeting will be followed by a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Turkey 2013 progress report: Committee debate
Parliament's draft resolution on the Commission’s 2013 progress report on Turkey was discussed by the Committee on Foreign Affairs during its next meeting in Strasbourg on 09.12.13. The Commission’s report covers the period from October 2012 to September 2013 and measures progress on the basis of decisions taken, legislation adopted and measures implemented.
Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement with Central America: committee vote
The draft recommendation regarding the conclusion of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and certain countries in Central America, was voted on by the Committee on Foreign Affairs on 12.12.13. The Committee also discussed the non-legislative report on assessing and setting priorities for EU relations with the Eastern Partnership countries.
High Level Conference on "Afghanistan and Central Asia" - 18 December
A High Level Conference on "Afghanistan and Central Asia: Prospects and Challenges after withdrawal of NATO/ISAF Forces" will be held by AFET in association with the Delegation for relations with Afghanistan and the Delegation to Central Asia on Wednesday 18 December 2013, 09.00-15.30 at the European Parliament, Jószef Antall Building, Brussels, Room JAN 4Q1.
The objective of the conference is to discuss the future of Afghanistan and the impact on Central Asia of the withdrawal of NATO/ISAF forces and the full transfer of security responsibility to Afghan forces in 2014. The event will bring together political stakeholders, civil society and experts from the region and Europe. It will provide an opportunity for the EU, NATO, the neighbouring region and other stakeholders to reaffirm their commitment to support the stability of Afghanistan after 2014. It will also be an opportunity to exchange views on the future of the political relations between Afghanistan and the EU and the Central Asian states, as well as on how to provide support to the peace process, democracy and governance in Afghanistan and how to assist in the further development of the country.
EU foreign policy spending 2014-2020: MEPs to vote on external financing instruments
EU foreign policy spending after 2013 will be more resource-efficient, effective and democratically accountable, under the new rules to be voted on 5/12 by the Foreign Affairs Committee. MEPs should give their go-ahead for five geographic and thematic funds for the EU’s external action worth almost 32 billion EUR and for an umbrella regulation setting rules for the implementation of these instruments, after 18 months of negotiations with the Council and the Commission.
Exchange of views with the Speaker of the Parliament of Albania
On 5 December the Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold an exchange of views with Ilir Meta, Speaker of the Parliament of Albania, on the country's post-election situation and its European perspective.
2013 review of the European External Action Service
On 26 November the Committee on Foreign Affairs held an exchange of views with Pierre Vimont, Executive Secretary General of the EEAS, and David O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer of the EEAS, on the EEAS 2013 review.
EU-ASEAN relations, human rights and democracy in the world: committee votes
The non-legislative report on the future of EU-ASEAN relations, which suggests putting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations higher in the EU’s political agenda, was voted on by the Committee on Foreign Affairs on 21.11.13. The Committee also vote on the annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2012 and the EU’s policy on the matter, which is now due to be voted by the European Parliament as a whole before the end of the year.
Debrief on the AFET Delegation to Washington, 27-30 October
Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs will be debriefed on the outcome of the Committee’s delegation visit to Washington, during its meeting of 18.11.13 in Strasbourg. At the end of October, the delegation met representatives of the US House of Representatives and the Senate, the National Security Agency, the White House and the State Department, amongst others.
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