Main menu (press 'Enter')
Access to page content (press 'Enter')
Direct access to list of other websites (press 'Enter')

Newsroom

External relations

 

EU-Turkey: time for more dialogue and cooperation

Others External relations02-09-2016 - 12:27
 

A coup attempt, terrorist attacks, a war at the border and three million refugees... Turkey faces difficult times as do its relations with the EU. Ankara has accused the EU of not condemning the coup attempt enough and demanded that the EU lifts visa restrictions or otherwise it could put an end to the refugee deal concluded earlier this year. Meanwhile the EU wants visa conditions to be fully met and is concerned about the rule of law and the country´s desire to reintroduce the death penalty. (Read more: EU-Turkey: time for more dialogue and cooperation )

 

CETA: “If people want a double-check, let’s do it”

Others External/international trade01-09-2016 - 13:29
Interview with CETA rapporteur Artis Pabriks  

The trade deal between Canada and the EU is the latest trade agreement to attract controversy. Negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) have been concluded, but it willstill need to be approved by the European Parliament, the Council and the national parliaments. On 31 August the international trade committee discussed the agreement and afterwards we talked to Latvian EPP member Artis Pabriks, who is responsible for steering the agreement through Parliament. (Read more: CETA: “If people want a double-check, let’s do it” )

 

Turkey: handling of aftermath of coup attempt is a crucial test, say MEPs

AFET External relations30-08-2016 - 14:26

The respect of human rights and the rule of law in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt will be a crucial test for the state of the country’s democracy, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday. They assessed the results of last week’s fact-finding mission to Turkey by the committee chair and rapporteur and stressed the need for constant monitoring. (Read more: Turkey: handling of aftermath of coup attempt is a crucial test, say MEPs )

 

Border security: how Parliament is helping to keep Europe safe

Others Immigration / Justice and home affairs / Schengen / Security and defence12-08-2016 - 09:00
Eurobarometre: external-borders ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

The migration crisis showed you can’t have a Schengen zone of free movement without strong external borders. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, 71% of Europeans want the EU to do more to protect these borders. Parliament is working on a range of initiatives to beef up those controls. (Read more: Border security: how Parliament is helping to keep Europe safe )

 

Valenciano: concerns on hunger strike by Sakharov Laureate Fariñas

Others External relations01-08-2016 - 16:58

Chair of the European Parliament’s Human Rights committee MEP Elena Valenciano (S&D,ES) expressed on Monday her concern and solidarity with Cuban human rights activist and Sakharov Prize Laureate 2010 Guillermo Fariñas and other Cuban human rights activists on hunger strike. Mr Fariñas is on a hunger and thirst strike to protest against the torture and mistreatment of political prisoners by the Cuban Government. (Read more: Valenciano: concerns on hunger strike by Sakharov Laureate Fariñas )

 

Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee discussed the motives and the possible consequences of Turkey’s recent attempted coup with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and representatives of the European External Action Service on Tuesday morning. MEPs emphasized that to ensure further accession talks, Turkey must stick to democracy, the rule of law and human rights. (Read more: Joint statement - committee chair Elmar Brok and rapporteur Kati Piri on Turkey )

 

Foreign affairs MEPs to debate attempted coup in Turkey

AFET External relations18-07-2016 - 17:03

Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the motives and the possible consequences of Turkey’s recent attempted coup, which claimed hundreds of lives and pushed the country in a turmoil, with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and representatives of the European External Action Service on Tuesday morning. MEPs are likely to emphasize the need to protect democratic freedoms and assess the future of the EU-Turkey relations too. (Read more: Foreign affairs MEPs to debate attempted coup in Turkey )

 

Terrorism: 82% of Europeans want EU to do more to tackle threat

Others Security and defence18-07-2016 - 13:49
Eurobarometre: terrorism ©AP Images/ European Union-EP  

Terrorism continues to pose a threat to Europe and people expect the EU to act: 82% of Europeans want it to do more, while 69% consider its current measures to be insufficient, according to a Eurobarometer poll commissioned by Parliament. The survey also showed that the majority of people think the fight against terrorism should be the EU's main priority for more action. (Read more: Terrorism: 82% of Europeans want EU to do more to tackle threat )

 

Nato summit: “Europe has to do more on its own defence”

Plenary Session Security and defence08-07-2016 - 09:31
Urmas Paet, who is writing a report on the  European Defense Union  

An EU army is not on the cards for the time being, however closer cooperation on security and defence is becoming more important. During the Nato summit starting in Warsaw today, the EU and Nato will sign a declaration aimed at strengthening cooperation, while setting out an effective division of responsibilities. We asked Estonian liberal MEP Urmas Paet, who is drafting a report on the European Defence Union, whether EU countries are ready for working more closely together on security. (Read more: Nato summit: “Europe has to do more on its own defence” )

 

Human rights: albinos in Malawi, activists in Bahrain and Rohingya in Myanmar

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / Development and cooperation / External relations07-07-2016 - 12:21

Parliament condemns recent crimes and widespread discrimination against albinos in Malawi, ongoing restrictions of fundamental democratic rights in Bahrain and practices that discriminate against Myanmar’s Muslim minority, in particular the Rohingya, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: albinos in Malawi, activists in Bahrain and Rohingya in Myanmar )