Parliamentary questions
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26 June 2017
P-001486/2017(ASW)
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: O-000036/2017

The High Representative/Vice-President (HR/VP) follows the situation of human rights in Egypt very closely and has discussed EU concerns in this regard regularly in her bilateral meetings with Foreign Minister Shoukry. While acknowledging the important security challenges that the country is facing, the HR/VP has clearly insisted on the need to tackle terrorism in full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms. She has also placed strong emphasis on the important role played by all civil society actors in political, economic and social development and on the need to create an enabling environment for its activities.

Human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law are all identified under the new EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities, agreed ad referendum in December 2016, and to be formally adopted in an Association Council later in 2017. This document provides a solid basis to address the various challenges faced by the country, including socioeconomic development, good governance, human rights, migration and security, in a spirit of partnership. In line with the EU Global strategy(1), the HR/VP attaches great importance to all these different aspects of the partnership and to these different challenges that need to be addressed in parallel in order to contribute to sustainable stability and security.

The European Council of 6 March 2017 has not adopted conclusions on Egypt.

(1)https://europa.eu/globalstrategy/sites/globalstrategy/files/regions/files/eugs_review_web.pdf

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