Next AFET Meeting
AFET will hold meetings in Brussels (room: JAN 2Q2) on:
- 4 May (Monday), 15.00-18.30
- 5 May (Tuesday), 08.30-12.30 and 15.00-18.30
EULEX Kosovo: Elmar Brok and Ulrike Lunacek welcome release of report
Following the publication by Federica Mogherini of the report by Professor Jean-Paul Jacqué on the EULEX Kosovo mandate implementation in case of recent allegations, Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Chair of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee, and Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA, AT), EP rapporteur on Kosovo, welcomed the release of the report and the relevant recommendations put forward therein, but asked for further clarifications, too.
"We welcome the fact that Vice-President/High Representative Federica Mogherini promptly shared the report by Jean-Paul Jacqué on the EULEX Kosovo mandate implementation in case of critical allegations.
The rapport raises some important and sensitive issues and puts forward relevant recommendations. However some open questions do remain. Mr Jacqué concludes that Ms Bamieh is not responsible for leaking the information to the press as originally accused. However it is not made clear whether those responsible have been found and held accountable.
The report points out clearly that the lack of investigations regarding the allegations raised in 2012 and lack of information thereof to Brussels headquarters is problematic, but does not clarify the causes why this happened. Had this been carried out promptly and according to standard procedures, many issues that arose after could have been avoided. The disappearance of the related report is also an issue of concern, for which the circumstances still have to be clarified.
We welcome the recommendations that Mr Jacque put forward, as many of those have been repeatedly raised by the European Parliament in its annual resolutions on Kosovo, such as the need to ensure sufficiently long terms of office for international judges and prosecutors to ensure uninterrupted management of cases.
We also stress that the recommendations point to the need to address urgently the underlying issues that put in question the effectiveness and credibility of EULEX and of the EU, as well as the reliability of the Kosovo judiciary.
We will decide on the possible follow up by the European Parliament in the near future. We are looking forward to further clarifications on the issues that remain still open, as well as to the necessary follow-up to ensure that the EU is an effective actor in the region. "
Hearing on the MENA region and debate on Yemen
The Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a public hearing on the security challenges in the MENA region and the prospects for political stability on 13 April 2015. On the next day MEPs will debate on the situation in Yemen.
Exchange of views with Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
On Monday, 12 January 2015, at 19:00-20:15, AFET Members will discuss with Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, current issues of common interest to the European Union and Council of Europe, including the developments in the Eastern Neighbourhood, Russia, Turkey.
Presentation on the Emergency Response Coordination Centre
AFET Members Mircea Pascu, Richard Howitt, Barbara Lochbihler and Cristian Preda were given a presentation on the Emergency Response Coordination Centre at DG ECHO by its Director-General Claus Sørensen on 7 January.
Chair Elmar Brok meets Georgian President Margvelashvili
On Thursday 18 December, AFET Chair Elmar Brok held a working breakfast with the President of Georgia, Mr Giorgi Margvelashvili. The meeting took place on the occasion of the conclusion of the Association Agreement with Georgia, voted by plenary the same day, which represents a major step in the development of Georgia's relationship with the EU and the country's path to reform.
Foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday underlined the need for inclusive, constructive and sustainable political dialogue on reforms and for greater cooperation between the political forces in Albania and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.