AFET meeting in Brussels (room: JAN 2Q2):
- 1 June (Monday), 15.00-18.30
On 26 May Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs met the President of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza. This timely exchange of views took place after the conclusion of the Bangui Forum and the signature by armed forces and the transitional government of an agreement for demilitarisation, demobilisation and reintegration of combatants. On the same day AFET debated also with Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid met the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Human Rights and Security and Defence subcommittees on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in his country. Security challenges, fighting terrorism and tackling migration flows were the key issues raised in the debate. (Aqra iktar dwar dan)
"The Central African Republic is doing much better. There is a clear improvement even if it is still very fragile," CAR's interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, told foreign affairs MEPs on Tuesday. CAR still needs the EU's "multi-dimensional aid", she stressed, calling on member states to redouble their efforts to help the CAR meet its electoral, budgetary and security challenges. (Aqra iktar dwar dan)
As a return to "business as usual" with Russia is now out of the question, the EU should earmark specific funding to counter its propaganda and infiltration of EU politics and support independence movements there, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. EU countries should refrain from doing bilateral deals with Russia and step up their own collective efforts to withstand it, whilst retaining a return to cooperation with Russia as a long-term goal, they add. (Aqra iktar dwar dan)
Turkey must do more to fight corruption and enforce respect for media freedom, free expression and judicial independence, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Monday. In a resolution on the progress of reform in Turkey in 2014, MEPs also urge the EU to back Turkey’s efforts to build solid, democratic institutions and ensure respect for fundamental freedoms, human rights and the rule of law. Finally, it advocates stepping up EU/Turkey foreign policy cooperation. (Aqra iktar dwar dan)
If Russia does not apply the Minsk ceasefire deals in full and return Crimea to Ukraine, the EU should step up sanctions and consider the possibility of providing Ukraine with defensive arms, say Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Monday. Returning Crimea is vital to the EU’s long-run cooperation with Russia and EU countries must also step up their own defence capabilities, says the text, which looks at Black Sea Basin military changes since Russia illegally annexed Crimea. (Aqra iktar dwar dan)
Nilqgħukom fis-sit web tal-Kumitat għall-Affarijiet Barranin tal-Parlament Ewropew, attur fundamentali fit-tfassil u fl-implimentazzjoni tal-politika barranija tal-Unjoni Ewropea. Niddeċiedu dwar il-mod kif jintużaw il-fondi Ewropej biex l-interessi u l-valuri tal-UE jiġu promossi esternament u, billi nissorveljaw il-proċess ta' tkabbir, niddefinixxu l-forma futura tal-Unjoni. Is-sostenn tagħna huwa meħtieġ għall-ftehimiet internazzjonali kollha li jiddefinixxu r-rwol tal-UE fil-bqija tad-dinja, partikolarment għall-Ftehimiet ta' Assoċjazzjoni u għall-Ftehimiet Qafas li tidħol fihom l-Unjoni mal-varjetà kbira tas-sħab globali tagħna. Barra minn hekk, il-Kumitat jissorvelja mill-qrib il-prestazzjoni tal-istituzzjonijiet l-oħrajn tal-UE, speċjalment il-Kummissjoni Ewropea u s-Servizz Ewropew għall-Azzjoni Esterna, bil-għan li jassigura li l-interessi tal-poplu Ewropew ikunu dejjem fuq quddiem nett tal-politika barranija komuni tagħna. Aħna involuti b'mod attiv anki fil-ħolqien u fit-titjib tar-relazzjonijiet mal-alleati ewlenin bis-saħħa tad-diplomazija parlamentari. Permezz ta' dawn ir-relazzjonijiet li ilhom għaddejjin, nikkontribwixxu għall-iżvilupp ta' normi u regoli globali kif ukoll niggarantixxu li l-leġiżlazzjoni tal-UE tkun imfassla b'mod li tippermettilha tintegra ruħha sewwa fl-ordni globali.