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Statement by Elmar Brok, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee

Statement by Elmar Brok, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, on his meeting with Mr A. H. M. Ali, Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh
 
Elmar Brok, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, met on 2 April 2014 with Mr Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh, in the presence of Ms Jean Lambert, chair of the EP Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia.
 
Mr Brok highlighted the firm commitment of the EP to the EU's relations with Bangladesh and its support for the country's democratic future. Following the opposition's boycott of the parliamentary elections in January this year, Mr Brok stressed upon the government's responsibility to engage in a dialogue and find a way forward which would give the Bangladeshi people a chance to express their democratic choice in a fully representative way. A continuing deadlock would run the risk of fuelling extremism and violence.
 
Talking about labour safety in the context of the Rana Plaza catastrophe a year ago, they agreed on the need to build on progress made on increased safety inspections by the government, especially in the ready-made garments sector, as well as on the commitments by Bangladeshi manufacturers and European buyers. It is crucial that the victims are fully compensated and that effective progress is made before 24 April 2014, which will mark the first anniversary of the catastrophe. The review of the EU-Bangladesh Global Sustainability Pact scheduled later this year will also be an important milestone.
 
Speaking on regional relations, Mr Brok and Minister Ali discussed the dire conditions of the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh. Minister Ali underlined the responsibility of Myanmar and asked the EU for support in dealing with this humanitarian issue. Furthermore, Minister Ali stressed upon his country's good relations with India.
 
Lastly, Mr Brok expressed his concerns about the direct effects of climate change in Bangladesh, in particular the rising sea levels, and exchanged ideas with Minister Ali on innovative ways of dealing with the issue.
 
Minister Ali invited Mr Brok to visit Bangladesh in the future.
 

   
 
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AFET 31-03-2014 - 16:31  

The recent mass sentencing of 529 Muslim Brothers to death, the run-up to the 26-27 May presidential elections and continuing concerns over the democratic transition and the human rights situation in Egypt will be raised by the foreign affairs committee with the Egyptian foreign minister, Nabil Fahmi, on Tuesday in a debate starting at 10.30.

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Komisja ma uprawnienia w zakresie:
 
1.    wspólnej polityki zagranicznej i bezpieczeństwa (WPZiB) oraz europejskiej polityki bezpieczeństwa i obrony (EPBiO). W tym zakresie komisję wspiera podkomisja do spraw bezpieczeństwa i obrony;
 
2.    stosunków z innymi instytucjami i organami UE, z ONZ oraz z innymi organizacjami międzynarodowymi i zgromadzeniami międzyparlamentarnymi w sprawach objętych w zakresie jej kompetencji;
 
3.    wzmocnienia stosunków politycznych z krajami trzecimi, w szczególności z krajami leżącymi w bezpośrednim sąsiedztwie Unii, poprzez szeroko zakrojone programy współpracy i pomocy lub poprzez porozumienia międzynarodowe, takie jak porozumienia stowarzyszeniowe i umowy o partnerstwie;
 
4.    otwierania, monitorowania oraz finalizowania negocjacji dotyczących przystąpienia państw europejskich do Unii;
 
5.    kwestii dotyczących praw człowieka, ochrony mniejszości i promowania wartości demokratycznych w krajach trzecich. W tym zakresie komisję wspiera podkomisja do spraw praw człowieka. Posłowie z innych komisji i organów kompetentnych w tym zakresie są zapraszani do uczestnictwa w posiedzeniach tej podkomisji, z zastrzeżeniem odpowiednich przepisów.
 
 
Komisja ta zapewnia koordynację prac wspólnych komisji parlamentarnych i parlamentarnych komisji do spraw współpracy, jak też delegacji międzyparlamentarnych, delegacji ad hoc i misji obserwacji wyborów objętych zakresem jej kompetencji.
 
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