On Monday, 15 December, Elmar Brok, AFET Chair, together with Cristian Dan Preda and Richard Howitt, AFET EPP and S&D coordinators respectively, met Lilian Tintori, wife of Leopoldo Lopez, a member of the Venezuelan opposition imprisoned since February 2014. They discussed the human rights situation in the country ahead of the urgency resolution on the persecution of the democratic opposition in Venezuela that will be voted by the plenary on Thursday.
The Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the situation in Ukraine with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, and representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) on Monday at 16.00. This follows the dramatic escalation of violence in the Donbas region in recent days, including the shelling of Mariupol on Saturday, which left more than 30 civilians dead. (Read more)
The priorities of Latvia’s EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Latvian ministers in a series of meetings to be held during the last two weeks of January. (Read more)
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