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Organ harvesting in China, situation in Sri Lanka and Central African Republic

Plenary Session Human rights / External relations12-12-2013 - 17:10

Parliament passed three separate resolutions on Thursday, asking for an immediate end to the practice of organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China; calling on the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendation of the Reconciliation Committee in full; and condemning the violence and human rights violations in the Central African Republic. (Read more: Organ harvesting in China, situation in Sri Lanka and Central African Republic)

 
 

MEPs want more concrete EU action to support eastern partners

Plenary Session External relations12-12-2013 - 13:17
Belga/AFP/Y.Dyachyshyn  

The outcome of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit of 29 November shows that the EU must do more to support the European aspirations of its eastern partners, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. They urge the December EU Council to send a strong political signal that the door to the EU is still open, despite Ukraine's failure to sign the association agreement. (Read more: MEPs want more concrete EU action to support eastern partners )

 
 

Human rights must be upheld in EU ties with partners, say MEPs

Plenary Session External relations11-12-2013 - 13:17

MEPs appeal to the EU to ensure that human rights and democracy are observed in all aspects of its relations with its partners in a resolution on human rights in the world in 2012, adopted on Wednesday. They also call on the Foreign Affairs Council to hold a public annual debate on human rights (Read more: Human rights must be upheld in EU ties with partners, say MEPs)

 
 

MEPs back new rules on over €51 billion in foreign policy funding for 2014-2020

Plenary Session External relations11-12-2013 - 13:00

A deal with EU member states on six foreign policy funds, worth over €51 billion for 2014-2020, was endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. These funds cover pre-accession assistance, neighbouring and partner countries, and peace-keeping, democracy and human-rights actions. Thanks to Parliament, EU foreign-policy spending will be more efficient and more effective, with greater democratic scrutiny. (Read more: MEPs back new rules on over €51 billion in foreign policy funding for 2014-2020)

 
 

Debate: MEPs call on EU to support Ukrainians demonstrating for European future

Plenary Session Enlargement10-12-2013 - 17:22
Debate on Ukraine  

The EU should not give up on Ukrainians protesting against their government’s decision to postpone closer links with the Union, according to the majority of MEPs during a debate on the country’s situation. However, some MEPs called Ukraine’s decision to not sign an association agreement a failure of the EU’s foreign policy and a win for Russia. (Read more: Debate: MEPs call on EU to support Ukrainians demonstrating for European future)

 
 

MEPs back freeing wine trade with Moldova to offset Russian trade sanctions

Plenary Session External/international trade10-12-2013 - 12:29

The EU will soon be importing wine from Moldova duty free, thanks to a proposal, backed by MEPs on Tuesday, to help offset losses to Moldova due to Russia’s recent ban on imports of Moldovan wines. The EU-Moldova Association Agreement, initialled at the 29 November Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius (Lithuania) provides for measures to establish an EU-Moldova free trade area. (Read more: MEPs back freeing wine trade with Moldova to offset Russian trade sanctions)

 
 

MEPs will assess situation in Ukraine after Vilnius summit

Plenary Session External/international trade / External relations10-12-2013 - 11:00

The outcome of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit, when the Ukrainian government refused to sign the association agreement with the EU, will be at the heart of the debate with Commissioner Štefan Füle, from 15.00 on Tuesday, amid growing tensions in Kiev between protesters and the Ukrainian authorities. (Read more: MEPs will assess situation in Ukraine after Vilnius summit)

 
 

External financing instruments

Enlargement / Development and cooperation / External relations09-12-2013 - 20:11

MEPs are set to approve the compromise reached with the Council on the rules governing EU foreign policy spending for 2014 to 2020 when they vote on 11 December. The deal was endorsed on 4 and 5 December by the Development and Foreign Affairs Committees. (Read more: External financing instruments)