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EULEX Kosovo allegations : MEPs demand transparent investigations

Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, underlined the importance and urgency of shedding light on the recent allegations of corruption within the EULEX Kosovo mission, following an extraordinary exchange of views on the matter on Monday, 3.11.2014, with the EEAS Civilian Operations Commander, Kenneth Deane, and the Director for Western Europe and Balkans, Fernando Gentilini.
 
"It is of utmost importance to urgently shed light on all the allegations of corruption and on the internal investigations that have been carried out in secret," Mr Brok said following the meeting.
 
"The credibility of the EULEX mission and of the EU in Kosovo is at stake. The mission’s role in Kosovo is to fight against corruption and impunity, and it should set an example. We must show with no hesitation that no-one is above the law and that the fight against corruption is our key priority, both in Kosovo, but within our own institutions as well", he underlined.
 
"Corruption scandals unfortunately happen. What makes the difference, however, is the way we address them. Our committee’s message is clear: all the allegations must be swiftly investigated in a transparent and impartial manner, by a third party. Alleged attempts to cover up also need to be part of these investigations, " he said.
 
"The Parliament was not informed on time, and the answers given in the Committee were not substantiated enough. We might set up an investigation committee, if we do not get proper information and results," he emphasised.
 
"The Foreign Affairs Committee will follow the matter very closely. To this effect, I will address, on behalf of the committee, a letter to the new High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, asking her to come up with answers to our questions within a short delay", he said.
 
"We thank Vice-President Ulrike Lunacek, for bringing up this question in the Committee", Mr Brok concluded.

   
 
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Meeting between AFET Chair Brok and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili

On 18 November, the Chair of the AFET Committee, Elmar Brok, had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, accompanied by a high level delegation. They discussed current developments in Georgia and in the region, as well as EU-Georgia relations. The meeting took place the day after AFET's adoption, by overwhelming majority, of the recommendation and resolution on the conclusion of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

   
AFET Chair Brok meets Danish and Swedish Ministers of Foreign Affairs

On 18 November, the chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr Elmar Brok, met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Mr Martin Lidegaard, and, later that day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms Margot Wallström. The meetings took place one day after the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council and focussed the situation in Ukraine, Russia and the Middle East, which were at the core of the discussions at the Foreign Affairs Council.
 

   
Vote in AFET on EU-Georgia Association Agreement

On 17 November the Committee on Foreign Affairs voted on the Association Agreement between the EU and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Georgia, of the other part - Rapporteur Andrejs Mamikins (S&D).

   
OSCE Secretary-General Zannier in AFET

The Foreign Affairs Committee held an exchange of views with Lamberto Zannier, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on 12.11.2014. The main focus of the debate was the recent developments in Ukraine, and in the rest of the OSCE area.

   
 
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AFET 17-11-2014 - 17:50  

The European Parliament should grant its consent to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement in December, the Foreign Affairs Committee said in a vote on Monday. The deal, signed on 27 June 2014, aims to establish deep political association and economic integration between the EU and Georgia, leading to the progressive opening up of their markets. It includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.

AFET 17-11-2014 - 11:42  

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will meet Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin at 15.00 in Brussels today to discuss developments in Ukraine following the recent legislative elections there and amidst the lasting crisis in the east of the country. The meeting takes place in room József Antall 2Q2.

AFET 04-11-2014 - 12:00  

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs and Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón will debate its peace process with the FARC on Tuesday at 16:30. The EU visa waiver for Colombian citizens is also likely to be raised.

AFET 03-11-2014 - 15:59  

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will debate the deadly conflict with the “Islamic State” (IS) and the need for political reconciliation in Iraq with Masrour Barzani, Head of the National Security Council of Iraqi Kurds, on Tuesday. The debate, set to start at 10:15, follows September’s plenary debates on Kobane and the European IS fighters.

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Committee responsible for the promotion, implementation and monitoring of the Union’s foreign policy as regards:
 
1.    the common foreign and security policy (CFSP) and the common security and defence policy (CSDP). In this context the committee is assisted by a subcommittee on security and defence;
 
2.    relations with other Union institutions and bodies, the UNO and other international organisations and interparliamentary assemblies for matters falling under its responsibility;
 
3.    oversight of the European External Action Service;
 
4.    the strengthening of political relations with third countries by means of comprehensive cooperation and assistance programmes or international agreements such as association and partnership agreements;
 
5.    the opening, monitoring and concluding of negotiations concerning the accession of European States to the Union;
 
6.    all legislation, programming and scrutiny of actions carried out under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, the European Neighbourhood Instrument, the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance, the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace and the Partnership Instrument for cooperation with third countries, and the policies underpinning them;
 
7.    the monitoring and follow-up of, inter alia, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), in particular with regard to ENP Annual Progress Reports;
 
8.    issues concerning democracy, the rule of law, human rights, including the rights of minorities, in third countries and the principles of international law. In this context the committee is assisted by a subcommittee on human rights, which should ensure coherence between all the Union’s external policies and its human rights policy. Without prejudice to the relevant rules, members from other committees and bodies with responsibilities in this field shall be invited to attend the meetings of the subcommittee.
 
9.    Parliament’s involvement in election observation missions, where appropriate in cooperation with other relevant committees and delegations;
 
The committee provides political oversight to, and coordinates the work of, joint parliamentary committees and parliamentary cooperation committees as well as that of the interparliamentary delegations and ad hoc delegations falling within its remit.
 
 
 
 
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