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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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Meeting between AFET Chair Brok and Iran´s Foreign Affairs Minister Zarif

Elmar Brok, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, held on 1st of September a bilateral meeting with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif. A large part of the meeting was dedicated to the nuclear talks, that are due to resume in the coming weeks, as well as to the situation in Iraq. Also human rights issues in Iran were discussed, including the situation of the 2012 Sakharov prize laureates Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi.

AFET Chair Elmar Brok on the situation in Iraq: “Europe must act immediately”

Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, called today on the Foreign Affairs Council, the EU Member States and the Commission to "facilitate the opening of a humanitarian corridor and to continue to increase humanitarian aid to Iraqi people in desperate need of assistance."
Mr Brok issued the following statement today:
“I follow with growing concern the deteriorating security situation in Northern Iraq. So far hundreds of thousands of civilians, among them many women and children, have fled the region as a result of the brutal advance of armed terrorist groups called "Islamic State" (IS). The escalation of the conflict and the persecution of Christian minorities, Yezidis and moderate Muslims have caused a humanitarian emergency situation which requires an immediate response by the international community.
Therefore, I welcome the decisions taken in Brussels last night that EU Member States can also provide military goods, in particular also for the support of the Kurds. In this context, especially France, the United Kingdom and Germany bear a big responsibility. This requires urgent action. That's why the EU and its Member States should quickly agree among themselves and with the USA, which has demonstrated the ability to act, on the division of labour and cooperation. The question arises also whether Turkey would be ready to be included in such cooperation.
I call on the Foreign Affairs Council, the EU Member States and the Commission to facilitate the opening of a humanitarian corridor and to continue to increase humanitarian aid to Iraqi people in desperate need of assistance. Furthermore, I invite them to immediately take all necessary actions, in a coordinated manner and in close cooperation with our international partners, which help the people of Northern Iraq to return to normal life. This will require also the stabilisation of the political situation in Baghdad which is an overall pre-condition for the Iraqi authorities including the military to re-gain full control over the entire territory of Northern Iraq. In particular, the creation of a government inclusive of all sections of the population is urgently needed. Iran can also make an important contribution to this process.”    

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AFET 02-09-2014 - 16:51  

"We need to make our budgetary procedure simpler and faster: currently there is too much bureaucracy, and money given too late for humanitarian actions is wasted money", urged Foreign Affairs Committee chair Elmar Brok (EPP, DE) in Tuesday’s committee debate on international crises in the EU’s neighbourhood. The committee is to debate the crises in Iraq, Gaza, Syria, Libya and Ukraine in meetings this week.


The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session.

AFET 28-08-2014 - 15:24  

Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, called today for a strong EU foreign and security policy lead by a strong personality. “Bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the broader EU neighbourhood must be the first and utmost priority,” he said following a meeting of the Committee’s Enlarged Bureau with Commissioner Georgieva and the EEAS’s Executive Secretary General Pierre Vimont.

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Esta comissão tem competência para a promoção, a execução e o acompanhamento da política externa da União em matéria de:
1.    Política Externa e de Segurança Comum (PESC) e Política Comum de Segurança e Defesa (PCSD). Neste âmbito, a comissão será assistida por uma Subcomissão da Segurança e da Defesa;
2.    relações com as demais instituições e órgãos da União, a ONU e outras organizações internacionais e assembleias interparlamentares no concernente a assuntos que se insiram no seu âmbito de competências;
3.    supervisão do Serviço Europeu para a Ação Externa;
4.    aprofundamento das relações políticas com os países terceiros através de programas abrangentes de cooperação e ajuda ou acordos internacionais, como, por exemplo, acordos de associação e de parceria;
5.    abertura, acompanhamento e conclusão de negociações relativas à adesão de Estados europeus à União;
6.    toda a legislação, programação e supervisão das ações realizadas ao abrigo do Instrumento Europeu para a Democracia e os Direitos Humanos, do Instrumento Europeu de Vizinhança, do Instrumento de Assistência de Pré-Adesão, do Instrumento para a Estabilidade e a Paz e do Instrumento de Parceria para a cooperação com países terceiros, e das políticas que lhes estão subjacentes;
7.    acompanhamento e seguimento, designadamente, da Política Europeia de Vizinhança (PEV), em particular no que toca aos relatórios anuais da PEV;
8.    problemas relacionados com a democracia, o Estado de direito, os direitos humanos, nomeadamente os direitos das minorias, nos países terceiros e com os princípios do direito internacional. Neste contexto, a comissão será assistida por uma Subcomissão dos Direitos do Homem, que deverá assegurar a coerência de todas as políticas externas da União com a sua política de direitos humanos. Sem prejuízo das disposições relevantes, os deputados de outras comissões e órgãos com responsabilidade na matéria serão convidados a assistir às reuniões da subcomissão;
9.    participação do Parlamento em missões de observação de eleições, em colaboração com outras comissões e delegações competentes, quando adequado.
Esta comissão assegura a supervisão política e a coordenação dos trabalhos das comissões parlamentares mistas e das comissões parlamentares de cooperação, bem como das delegações interparlamentares e das delegações ad hoc abrangidas no seu âmbito de competências.
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