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Meeting with Foreign Minister Klimkin on the latest developments in Ukraine

At an extraordinary meeting on 22.7.2014 the AFET committee had an exchange of views with Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, on the latest developments in the country. Members expressed their deepest sorrow for the victims of the crashed plane MH17, and Peter De Gooijer, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU, detailed the priorities the international community should follow on the investigation, the recovery of bodies, and the identification of those responsible for this tragedy.
Members of the European Parliament very clearly and unambiguously called for a united line between Member States on tougher sanctions towards Russia, not as a consequence of the plane crash, but to react in view of the Russian authorities' unwillingness to control the flow of arms and heavy weapons across the border to the Eastern regions of Ukraine. The Members also called for the EU to act appropriately and impose red lines upon itself when a third party violates European values and principles.
The peace process in the Middle East, the dire humanitarian conditions and the EU's response to the current situation were also discussed at that meeting. Members called not only for a cease-fire and the resumption of negotiations for a two-state solution but underlined the need for the EU to react without double standards.

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Following the crash of the MH17 flight, Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, stated :
"The Russian – Ukrainian border must be closed.
The crash of the Malaysian Airlines flight is an immense tragedy, and I send my deepest condolences to the families and the relatives of the victims. An independent international investigation must be conducted without delay and without restrictions.
Wherever the responsibilities for the crash lie, this catastrophe sheds again light on the fact that the militia and rebels in the Eastern regions of Ukraine have access to sophisticated weapons. It is now time for Russia to show its credibility and prove to the world that it commits itself to establishing clear and well defined conditions for the control of borders, in order to dry up this flow of arms in the region. The full and effective control of the border by the Ukrainian authorities with the assistance from the OSCE must be ensured, and Russia has to actively use its influence over the illegally armed groups for the achievement of that goal and should set the conditions for it also on its side.
Russia will otherwise lose any credibility that it is interested in a peaceful political solution."

Extraordinary meeting with David O´Sullivan and Jari Vilen

On 14 July at an in-camera extraordinary meeting Members of the AFET Committee had an exchange of views with David O'Sullivan, newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation in Washington and also with Jari Vilen, newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe. Both exchanges of views were held in compliance with the Declaration on Political Accountability of the HR/VP.

Elmar Brok (EPP) elected chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Elmar Brok is the new chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, elected by acclamation on 07.07.14. During its constituent meeting, the Committee has also elected its vice-chairs Ryszard Antoni Legutko (ECR), Marina Albiol (GUE), Ioan Mircea Pașcu (S&D), and Andrej Plenković (EPP). Together, the chair and vice-chairs make up the bureau of the Committee, elected for a two-and-a-half year term. The first meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs will take place on 01.09.14.

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AFET 22-07-2014 - 17:58  

EU sanctions against Russia must be stepped up, the Ukrainian border closed to halt arms flows from Russia, and the bodies of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash victims returned, MEPs insisted in today’s debate with Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin. Mr Klimkin called on the EU to show its solidarity now, as Ukraine is “being punished for its EU aspirations”. The debate opened with a minute’s silence for victims of the 17 July crash.


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.

Presentatie en bevoegdheden
Deze commissie is bevoegd voor de bevordering, tenuitvoerlegging en controle van het buitenlands beleid van de Unie ten aanzien van:
1.    het gemeenschappelijk buitenlands en veiligheidsbeleid (GBVB) en het gemeenschappelijk veiligheids- en defensiebeleid (GVDB). Hierbij wordt de commissie bijgestaan door een Subcommissie veiligheid en defensie;
2.    de betrekkingen met andere Unie-instellingen en -organen, de VN en andere internationale organisaties en interparlementaire vergaderingen voor aangelegenheden die onder haar bevoegdheid vallen;
3.    het toezicht op de Europese Dienst voor extern optreden
4.    de intensivering van de politieke betrekkingen met derde landen door middel van veelomvattende samenwerkings- en hulpverleningsprogramma's of internationale overeenkomsten, zoals associatie- en partnerschapsovereenkomsten;
5.    de opening, follow-up en sluiting van onderhandelingen over toetreding van Europese staten tot de Unie;
6.    de volledige wetgeving, planning en nauwkeurig onderzoek van de maatregelen in het kader van het Europees instrument voor democratie en de mensenrechten, het Europees nabuurschapsinstrument, het instrument voor pretoetredingssteun, het instrument voor bijdrage aan vrede en stabiliteit en het partnerschapsinstrument voor samenwerking met derde landen, en al het beleid dat daaraan ten grondslag ligt;
7.    het toezicht op en de follow-up van, onder andere, het Europees nabuurschapsbeleid (ENB), met name met betrekking tot de jaarlijkse ENB-voortgangsverslagen;
8.    kwesties betreffende de democratie, de rechtsstaat, de rechten van de mens, met inbegrip van de rechten van minderheden, in derde landen en de beginselen van het internationale recht; Hierbij wordt de commissie bijgestaan door een Subcommissie mensenrechten, die moet zorgen voor de samenhang tussen alle externe beleidsmaatregelen van de Unie en haar beleid inzake de mensenrechten. Onverminderd de relevante bepalingen, kunnen de vergaderingen van de subcommissie worden bijgewoond door leden van andere commissies en organen met bevoegdheden op dit terrein;
9.    de betrokkenheid van het Parlement bij missies voor verkiezingswaarneming, zo nodig in samenwerking met andere relevante commissies en delegaties.
De commissie draagt zorg voor het beleidstoezicht en de coördinatie van de werkzaamheden van de gemengde parlementaire commissies en parlementaire samenwerkingscommissies, alsmede van de werkzaamheden van de interparlementaire delegaties en delegaties ad hoc die onder haar bevoegdheid vallen.
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