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- 2 March 2015, from 15:00 to 18:30.


Brok and Plenković deplore “politically motivated” detention of Nadya Savchenko

26-02-2015 - 14:46

Elmar Brok (EPP, DE) and Andrej Plenković (EPP, HR), Chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Chair of the EP Delegation for Ukraine, called today for an immediate release of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadya Savchenko by the Russian authorities. Her detention has no legal ground and can only be explained by political motivation, they said in a statement.

Elmar Brok and Andrej Plenković issued the following statement:

"Yesterday, a Moscow court rejected the appeal of Ms Nadya Savchenko challenging the decision to extend her pre-trial detention until 13 May. This decision is appalling, and can only be explained by political motivation since her detention has no legal ground whatsoever. It is also a contradiction to the spirit of the Minsk agreement.

It is now time for the Russian authorities to fully take their responsibility and deliver on their unconditional commitment to a peaceful settlement. Nadya Savchenko cannot be a bargaining chip in the hands of the Kremlin, and must be released without delay."

AFET Delegation to Jordan and Lebanon

19-02-2015 - 16:40
Meeting with HE Mr Tammam Salam President of the Council of Ministers

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On 17 February 2015, AFET Chair Elmar Brok and a delegation of MEPs from the Committee on Foreign Affairs visited Jordan and held discussions with HRH Prince Faisal and other leading politicians on Jordan's relations with the EU and the security situation in the region.

On 18 February, the delegation travelled to Lebanon where further meetings were held.

Human Rights and Democracy in the World: committee vote. EU-Russia relations: debate

17-02-2015 - 15:03

The 2013 Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World and the European Union's policy on the matter will be voted on by the Committee on Foreign Affairs during its meeting of 09.02.15 in Strasbourg. The Committee will also discuss the current state of EU-Russia relations together with Alexey Pushkov, Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

Latest study / in-depth analysis / briefing / at a glance requested by the committee:

17-02-2015 - 15:02
Yemen in Crisis

- Yemen in Crises: What Role for the EU

- The Modernisation of the European Union-Mexico 'Global Agreement'

Mission of AFET Chair Elmar Brok to Iraq

12-02-2015 - 15:06
Elmar Brok in Iraq 5

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AFET Chair Elmar Brok travelled to Iraq (Baghdad and Erbil) to discuss recent political, economic and regional developments ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council on the 9th of February.

Mr Brok travelled together with Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz. In Baghdad they met with senior Iraqi politicians including President Masum, Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Jaafari and Speaker of Parliament Al Jubouri. In the Iraqi Kurdistan region they had meetings with Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and other senior regional politicians. During his meetings, Chair Brok discussed the ongoing reforms in Iraq, the humanitarian situation, the fight against the Islamic State/Da'esh, EU-Iraq relations as well as the situation in the region at large. He also meet with Mr Bashar Warda, Catholic Bishop of Erbil, and Mrs Vian Dakhil Shekh Saeed, Yezidi Member of Parliament and discussed with them the human rights situation in Iraq, in particular the rights of religious and ethnic minorities.

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EU must unleash its internal potential to shape international politics, MEPs say

AFET 24-02-2015 - 15:51

The EU has yet to unleash its full potential to shape the international and security environment, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs said on Tuesday. In a vote on the annual report on Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), they called for a more ambitious, proactive, credible and strategic EU foreign policy based on a shared vision of EU key interests and values and a common perception of threats to the Union. (Read more)


MEPs assess reform efforts of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and FYROM in 2014

AFET 24-02-2015 - 11:50

Foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday welcomed the resumption of high-level talks between Kosovo and Serbia and called for the full normalisation of relations. However, they pointed to continuing problems in Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with the rule of law, corruption, anti-discrimination, the pace of structural reforms, and the polarisation of politics. (Read more)


Russia must admit it is part of the conflict, MEPs tell Alexey Pushkov

AFET 10-02-2015 - 10:08

Russia must acknowledge it is directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine and the interna-tional law must be restored, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs told Alexey Pushkov, Chair of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs on Monday evening. In the debate, they also questioned Mr Pushkov on why his country has not respected its obligations under the September Minsk protocol. (Read more)

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