Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the Arabian Peninsula (DARP).

As the elected Chair of the Delegation, I preside over our regular meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg and set the agenda for our work with our partners in the Gulf region. During this term of the European Parliament, while respecting the independence of our partner parliaments, we'll be working to ensure that the European Parliament's position is taken into account in all policy areas pertaining to our relations with the countries of the Arabian Peninsula.

In addition to our regular meetings within the European Parliament, we hold bilateral inter-parliamentary meetings (IPMs) with each country of the Arabian Peninsula as well as with the Contact Group of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). These meetings contribute to strengthening the relations between the EU and the Gulf countries, enhancing our cooperation in several policy fields and improving our mutual understanding.

During the second half of 2017, the Delegation for relations with the Arabian Peninsula has planned inter-parliamentary meetings with the Advisory Council of the State of Qatar, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates - in Brussels - and with the Majlis Ash-Shura of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - in Riyadh.

As one of the "diplomatic arms of the European Parliament", the Delegation for relations with the Arabian Peninsula contributes to representing the European Union in the Gulf region and to promoting the values on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.

I look forward to guiding our Delegation through the current challenging times.

Michèle Alliot-Marie, former Chair 2014-2019