Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly : Introduction

DEPA: The Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly 

The European Parliament's Delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly (DEPA) represents the Parliament at the forum created to bring together representatives of the EU and most of the Union's Eastern Partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The Assembly was an initiative of the European Parliament, which sought to create a parliamentary extension of the EU's Eastern Partnership policy. The idea, expressed in a resolution in 2007, was finally given concrete form in 2011.

The resulting parliamentary assembly includes both the 60-member EURONEST delegation from the European Parliament (the DEPA delegation) and 50 members from the partner countries - 10 each from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. For political reasons, it has not yet proved possible to admit a Belarusian delegation to the assembly.

The DEPA delegation participates in the ordinary sessions of the Assembly and contributes to the Assembly's committees and working groups.

The delegation also meets in Brussels and Strasbourg - independently of the Assembly's structures - to discuss the forum, as well as the state of bilateral relations and prospects for the partnership's future.


With its 60 full members, as well as a large cohort of substitute members, the DEPA Delegation is one of the European Parliament's largest.

The Chair of the delegation is Rebecca Harms, a German member of the Parliament's Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance. She is supported by four Vice-Chairs: MEPs Zigmantas Balčytis, Ryszard Czarnecki, Andrea Bocskor and Rolandas Paksas.

The Chair and Vice-Chairs are elected from and by the members of the delegation, on the basis of indications from the political groups, while the members are nominated by the Parliament's political groups. The political balance of the delegation mirrors that of the Parliament as a whole.

As Chair of the DEPA delegation, Ms Harms is also Co-President of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly (PA). Her Euronest PA Co-President is currently Mr Marian Lupu, a prominent leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova and currently a member of his country's parliament.


The delegation uses its meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg to address both organisational and political issues.

As the largest in the Euronest PA, the Parliament's DEPA delegation helps to plan the sessions and provides feedback and follow-up after they have taken place.

The delegation also delves into questions of substance regarding the situation in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood.