AFET will hold meetings in Brussels (room: JAN 2Q2) on:
- 30 March (Monday), 15.00 - 19.00
- 31 March (Tuesday), 09.00 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30
A delegation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Elmar Brok, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, met with Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, on 17 March 2015. During the meeting Mr Brok and the Prime Minister discussed the value of foreign policy dialogue and cooperation between the EU and Turkey, with particular reference to stability and security in the region and the threat of radicalism. Mr Brok stressed the continuous commitment by Turkey in delivering assistance to the large refugee population in Turkey. Further cooperation in fields such as energy security, the upgrade of the Customs Union and the development of EU-Turkey Relations were also discussed. The importance of the Kurdish peace process was also emphasised.
The EU's new eastern partnership policy should boost cooperation with its eastern neighbourhood countries to reduce both parties’ energy dependence on Russia, said MEPs and MPs from eastern partnership countries at the fourth Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, which closed in Yerevan, Armenia, on Wednesday. The Assembly’s resolutions also call for more trade coordination, solidarity with Ukraine to counter Russian aggression there and an official recognition of the Armenian genocide 100 years ago. (Read more)
The EU and its member states must shoulder more responsibility for their security and defence at once, given the unprecedented levels of instability at EU borders, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. Member states must, as a matter of urgency, make more effective use of Common Security and Defence Policy tools, coordinate their internal and external security actions and pool resources more closely, says the text. (Read more)
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