AFET meeting in Brussels (room: JAN 2Q2):
- 1 June (Monday), 15.00-18.30
Representatives of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the European Parliament and of EU National Parliaments met in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in the European neighbourhood. They highlighted that promoting people to people contacts is an essential element of confidence building for a more secure and stable neighbourhood, stressing in particular the key role of young people.
The Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Elmar Brok, emphasised: 'young generations are the future of Europe and we should make sure that they can actively contribute to good relations between the EU, its eastern neighbours and Russia. Our doors and our minds must remain open to such a dialogue'.
Brok and his colleagues from AFET and national parliaments called on Member States and the EU institutions to swiftly implement measures to introduce fee-free visa for travel to the EU in the summer period for students and young people from Eastern Partnership countries and Russia in order to promote dialogue and exchanges among them and with European youth.The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament meets regularly with the foreign affairs and defence committees of national parliaments in order to strengthen the cooperation and exchange among parliaments on major foreign policy issues. The main topics discussed at the latest meeting were the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy, the preparations for the June European Council on defence and the political and security situation in Libya.
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. (Ler mais)
"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. (Ler mais)
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. (Ler mais)
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. (Ler mais)
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. (Ler mais)
Bem-vindo à página eletrónica da Comissão dos Assuntos Externos do Parlamento Europeu, um interveniente fundamental na elaboração e execução da política externa da União Europeia. É a esta comissão que cabe decidir a forma como os fundos europeus são utilizados para promover os interesses e os valores da União Europeia no exterior e, através da supervisão do processo de alargamento, definir a futura configuração da UE. O nosso apoio é imperativo em todos os acordos internacionais que definam o papel da UE no mundo, em especial os acordos de associação e os acordos-quadro celebrados entre a União e todo o nosso vasto leque de parceiros a nível mundial. Além disso, esta comissão parlamentar acompanha de perto o desempenho das outras instituições da UE, em particular o da Comissão Europeia e do Serviço Europeu para a Ação Externa, a fim de garantir que os interesses dos povos da Europa estejam sempre na linha da frente da política externa comum. Estamos também ativamente empenhados no estabelecimento e na melhoria das relações com os nossos aliados mais importantes através da diplomacia parlamentar. Por via do estabelecimento destas relações duradouras, contribuímos para o desenvolvimento de normas e padrões universais e certificamo-nos de que a legislação da UE seja plasmada de uma forma suscetível de viabilizar a sua boa integração na ordem mundial.