Press releases


MEPs call for EU rules on private security companies

AFET SEDE 03-05-2017 - 10:36

Private security companies must respect minimum requirements on accountability, the screening of staff and reporting on misconduct, while staying away from tasks usually reserved for the military said committee MEPs on Tuesday. (Read more)


Committee MEPs welcome stepping up of EU-NATO cooperation

AFET SEDE 03-05-2017 - 09:31

Growing EU-NATO cooperation to fight human trafficking in Mediterranean and boost cyber defence capabilities was welcomed by Foreign Affairs and Defence MEPs in a debate with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday. (Read more)


Defence: MEPs urge member states to show political will and join forces

SEDE AFCO AFET 09-02-2017 - 12:03

Defence cooperation in the EU is now more dependent on political will than on legal considerations, say the Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Affairs committees in a joint resolution passed on Thursday. (Read more)


Russian probing in eastern Ukraine must stop, say security and defence MEPs

SEDE 06-02-2017 - 18:23

The worsening security situation in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting with pro-Russian rebels recently broke out in the government-controlled town of Avdiivka, were debated by Security and Defence Subcommittee MEPs on Monday with Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. MEPs urged Russia to stop testing the West’s reactions and to go on implementing the Minsk agreements. (Read more)


Foreign affairs MEPs call for common EU defence policy

SEDE AFET 24-10-2016 - 22:07

The EU should tackle deteriorating security in and around Europe by helping its armed forces to work together better, as a first step in building a common defence policy, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in two resolutions voted on Monday. Ideas include establishing an EU operational headquarters to plan, command and manage crisis management operations, setting a defence spending target of 2% of GDP and launching Common Defence and Security Policy training operation in Iraq. (Read more)


Refugees: EU-NATO coordination set to deepen, say Mogherini and Stoltenberg

AFET SEDE 23-02-2016 - 18:57

EU and NATO coordination has started to tackle the refugee crisis and will be further deepened, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told MEPs and national MPs in the Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday. (Read more)


ISIS security threat to be discussed with EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator today

SEDE 24-09-2014 - 09:25

The security threat posed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the world will be debated with EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove at a meeting of Security and Defence Subcommittee and Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Wednesday. The debate starts at 15:00. (Read more)


Members elect chairs and vice-chairs of parliamentary committees


After the election of a President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors of the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week, parliamentary committees convened on Monday in Brussels to elect chairpersons and their deputies for next two and a half years. (Read more)