Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (DARP).

This standing body of the European Parliament covers inter-parliamentary relations with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen as well as the Contact Group of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

As the elected Chair of the Delegation, I will preside over our regular meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg and set the agenda for our work with our partners in the Gulf region. During this term of the European Parliament, while respecting the independence of our partner parliaments, we will be working to ensure that the European Parliament's positions are taken into full account in all policy areas pertaining to our relations with the countries of the Arab Peninsula.

In addition to our regular meetings within the European Parliament, the delegation will hold bilateral inter-parliamentary meetings (IPMs) with each country of the Arab Peninsula as well as with the Contact Group of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). These meetings contribute to strengthening the relations between the EU and the Gulf countries, enhancing our cooperation in several policy fields and improving our mutual understanding.

As one of the "diplomatic arms of the European Parliament", the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula contributes to representing the European Union in the Gulf region and to promoting the values on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.

Moreover, as a part of my mandate, and in full cooperation with my colleagues, I will multiply our efforts to reinforce the role of parliamentary diplomacy, contribute to the sustainable and peaceful development of the region, open a dialogue on environmental issues and renewable energy and work towards a more inclusive society where the role of women is strengthened.

I look forward to guiding our Delegation through the current challenging times.

Hannah Neumann

First official European Parliament visit to Yemen since 2009, 17-19 December 2023

19-02-2024 - 16:07
Members from the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (DARP) visited Yemen on 17-19 December 2023. Led by DARP Chair Dr Hannah Neumann and composed of two other Members (DARP Vice-Chair Niels Fuglsang- S&D, Denmark, and György Hölvényi - EPP, Hungary), this was the first official visit to Yemen by the European Parliament since 2009. This was an important visit at a time when ongoing efforts for peace are progressing against the backdrop of a complex regional situation. With this visit, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) wanted to show that the European Union stands by the people in Yemen and will continue to closely follow the situation.