Next meeting
will take place 26 October 2016 from 14.30-16.00 in Strasbourg - room LOW S4.4.

Exchange of views on the current political, military and humanitarian situation in Syria and the perspectives for a political solution.

In the presence of:

Mr Moises VENANCIO from the United Nations Development Programme, New York

Professor Rudolf EL-KAREH, Sociologistand political scientist, specialist in the Middle East and the Euro-ArabRelations

Mr Sheruan HASSAN, Democratic Union Party (PYD)

Mode d'affichage des délégations
Notis MARIAS Miembro Grupo de los Conservadores y Reformistas Europeos Grecia Independent
Angelika MLINAR Miembro Grupo de la Alianza de los Demócratas y Liberales por Europa Austria NEOS – Das Neue Österreich
Michel REIMON Miembro Grupo de los Verdes/Alianza Libre Europea Austria Die Grünen - Die Grüne Alternative
Liliana RODRIGUES Miembro Grupo de la Alianza Progresista de Socialistas y Demócratas en el Parlamento Europeo Portugal Partido Socialista
Sven SCHULZE Miembro Grupo del Partido Popular Europeo (Demócrata-Cristianos) Alemania Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Birgit SIPPEL Miembro Grupo de la Alianza Progresista de Socialistas y Demócratas en el Parlamento Europeo Alemania Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Ramón Luis VALCÁRCEL SISO Miembro Grupo del Partido Popular Europeo (Demócrata-Cristianos) España Partido Popular
Kristina WINBERG Miembro Grupo Europa de la Libertad y de la Democracia Directa Suecia Sverigedemokraterna
Inés AYALA SENDER Suplente Grupo de la Alianza Progresista de Socialistas y Demócratas en el Parlamento Europeo España Partido Socialista Obrero Español
Malin BJÖRK Suplente Grupo Confederal de la Izquierda Unitaria Europea/Izquierda Verde Nórdica Suecia Vänsterpartiet
Presentation and competencies

The Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries was set up in the wake of the first direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979. Between 1994 and 2004, the Delegation was also responsible for relations with the Gulf States. Since the 2004 elections, the Delegation’s remit has been limited to the four countries in the Mashreq region:
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria
The so-called Arab-spring developments and the following political transition processes in the region countries since the beginning of 2011 have been the main focus areas of the Mashreq Delegation. In this period, Delegation has especially concentrated on the following topics with the representatives from the countries in the region and relevant experts on the region: Effects of the Arab revolutionary movements in the region countries, the war in Syria and the efforts of international community to solve the problem, the destabilising effect of the Syria war in the region, particularly in Lebanon; humanitarian crisis of the internally displaced people and religious minorities in Syria and refugees in the neighbouring countries, problems posed by the huge refugee influx in the neighbouring countries; the tumultuous political transition process and harsh crack down on political opposition in Egypt; the political reform process in Jordan; the EU's response to the developments in the region and the assessment of the new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) renewed in the light of the developments in the region.

You can contact the Secretariat of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries by email at the following address:
or by fax:
+32 2 284 17 21