Delegation for relations with Afghanistan : EP resolutions

Afghanistan, in particular the killings in the province of Zabul 

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Afghanistan, in particular the killings in the province of Zabul.

The text adopted in plenary was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups.

Parliament strongly condemned the barbaric murder and beheading of seven Hazari people in the south-eastern Afghan province of Zabul on the border with Pakistan.

Members also condemned the attacks by the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIL and other terrorist groups against Afghan civilians, the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces, democratic institutions and civil society.

The resolution called for support for the Afghan authorities to take swift and appropriate action to ensure that the killers of innocent civilians are brought to justice and to reaffirm the rule of law in the country.

Parliament renewed its commitment to all efforts to rid Afghanistan of terrorism and extremism and believes such endeavours are vital for regional and global security [...]

Negotiations on an EU-Afghanistan cooperation agreement 

Girls in Afghanistan  
Afghan girls © European Parliament 
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on an EU-Afghanistan cooperation agreement on partnership and development.

The resolution was tabled by ALDE, ECR, S&D, and EPP groups.

It notes that the EU and Afghanistan are engaged in negotiations on a cooperation agreement on partnership and development and it calls on the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Afghan Government to conclude them swiftly.

It regrets the fact that despite the EEAS's obligation to inform Parliament concerning all stages of the negotiations, Parliament has not been properly informed, and it recalls its new prerogatives in foreign affairs as stipulated in the Lisbon Treaty.

Parliament stresses that the agreement should lead to a more strategic approach and to support for the Afghan authorities during and after the withdrawal of international forces [...]

Budgetary control of EU financial assistance to Afghanistan 

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on budgetary control of EU financial assistance to Afghanistan [...]

Recalling the resolution on a new strategy for Afghanistan adopted in 2010, the main areas the Parliament has chosen to focus on are;

  • Sectoral budget support,
  • Accountability and oversight of EU funds in Afghanistan,
  • Coordination of aid efforts by the donor community,
  • Improvements to reporting,
  • Challenges for the future,
  • Foreign policy,
  • Development policy

As far as future aid is concerned, Members call on the EU to honour its commitments and to continue to make available appropriate resources beyond 2014, when responsibility for security will be fully in the hands of the Afghan authorities. They call on the EU to seek new foreign civil-society partners and donors.

Lastly, Members call on the Commission, the Member States and the international community to coordinate their aid efforts better, and combat the current fragmentation of assistance.

Situation of women in Afghanistan and Pakistan 

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the situation of women in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The resolution was tabled by the EFD, ECR, S&D, Greens/EFA, EPP and ALDE groups.

Parliament is deeply concerned about the situation of women and girls and the repeated reports of brutal violations of women's rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and stresses that closer international attention must be paid to the situation of women and girls in those countries.

It notes that women and girls often continue to face acid attacks and domestic violence, trafficking, forced marriages, and being traded in settlement of disputes. Police, courts and other justice-sector officials seldom address women's complaints of abuse, and those fleeing those hardships may even find themselves in prison.

Parliament urges the Commission and the Council, as well as the international community, to significantly increase funds aimed at efforts to protect women from rape, abuse and domestic violence [...]

A new strategy for Afghanistan 

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on a new strategy for Afghanistan. It believes that the EU strategy for Afghanistan should have to take as its starting point two premises:

  • an acknowledgement of the continuing deterioration in security and socio-economic indicators in Afghanistan; and
  • the need to further encourage the shift in the mindset of the international community.

Parliament stresses that any long-term solution to the Afghan crisis has to start from the resolution of the problems relating to internal security, civil protection and economic and social development. [...]

As regards the four main areas the Parliament has chosen to focus on are;

  • International aid-use and abuse,
  • The peace process,
  • Police and the rule of law,
  • Narcotics.

The Parliament calls for a five-year national plan for the elimination of illicit opium crops, promoted through cooperation between the EU and the Russian Federation, the latter being the major victim of Afghan heroin.

Women's rights in Afghanistan 

The European Parliament adopted by 388 votes to 4, with 7 abstentions, a resolution on women's rights in Afghanistan. [...]

Parliament calls for the revision of the draft law concerning the personal status of Shiite women in Afghanistan, since the substance of that draft law is not consistent with the principle of equality between men and women, as laid down in the Afghan Constitution and in international agreements. It urges the Afghan Ministry of Justice to repeal all laws which give rise to discrimination against women and which breach the international treaties to which Afghanistan is a party. It is essential for the democratic development of the country that Afghanistan should commit itself to safeguarding human rights and women's rights in particular.

Members point out that the EU's strategy document on Afghanistan for the period 2007-2013 identifies gender equality and women's rights as key aspects of Afghanistan's national development strategy. [...]