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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0215/2015

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the Memorandum of Understanding between the EU and the League of Arab States to cooperate on counter-terrorism (2015/2573(RSP))

Cristian Dan Preda, Arnaud Danjean, Elmar Brok, Andrej Plenković, Tunne Kelam, Michèle Alliot-Marie, Mariya Gabriel, David McAllister, Lara Comi, Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Tokia Saïfi, Dubravka Šuica, Fernando Ruas, Davor Ivo Stier, József Nagy on behalf of the PPE Group

European Parliament resolution on the memorandum of understanding between the EU and the League of Arab States to cooperate on counter-terrorism (2015/2573(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to its resolution of 11 February 2015 on anti-terrorism measures(1),

–       having regard to the memorandum of understanding of 19 January 2015 between the European External Action Service and the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States,

–       having regard to the declaration adopted at the Third European Union – League of Arab States Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting of 10 and 11 June 2014,

–       having regard to the resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council on 24 September 2014 on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts (Resolution 2178 (2014)),

–       having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas on 19 January 2015 the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (VP/HR), Federica Mogherini, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States (LAS), Dr Nabil El Araby, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the General Secretariat of the LAS;

B.     whereas both Sides will enhance their dialogue and cooperation with a view to promoting the EU-LAS Strategic Dialogue by: (a) increasing their understanding on political and security matters through different exchanges, and, (b) joint working in their field of competence with a view to factoring in the progress and subjects of the Strategic Dialogue in other meetings, and, (c) strengthening their cooperation and discussing political and security matters in the areas of early warning and crisis response, combating terrorism, transnational organized crime and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, (d) identifying the challenges, shared goals and potential actions in areas of common interest;

C.     whereas both Sides will aim to exchange experience, information and best practices through the following mechanisms: (a) establishment of institutional communication channels, by appointing contact points for coordinating the activities under this MoU, and, (b) development of consultative meetings and enhance consultations, and, (c) establishment of joint working groups, workshops and/or conferences;

D.     whereas the VP/HR stated on 19 January 2015 that: ‘we reaffirmed the crucial importance of working together to address the different crises affecting the region. On Libya, on the Middle East Peace Process, on the situation in Syria and Iraq, amongst others, we share a common interest in looking for long-lasting solutions to ensure regional peace and stability’;

E.     whereas the VP/HR also stated on 19 January 2015 that: ‘Europe and the Arab world are also faced with common challenges. In particular, we need to ensure close cooperation in the fight against terrorism. It is a threat against our citizens and societies. Europe was attacked last week, but the Arab and Muslim world that suffer more from the consequences of terrorism. Together with the Arab world, we are fully aware that this is not only a military and a security fight but also a political and a cultural one. Strengthened dialogue will help us to address this range of issues’;

F.     whereas the foreign affairs ministers of the EU and of the LAS, gathering on the occasion of the Third EU-LAS Ministerial Meeting, held in Athens on 10 and 11 June 2014, adopted a Declaration expressing their determination to address together common political, economic, and security challenges with a view to sharing a better future for all; whereas the ministers announced the establishment of an EU-LAS Strategic Dialogue;

G.     whereas terrorism and violent extremism are among the major threats to our security and our freedoms;

1.      Welcomes the MoU between the EEAS and the General Secretariat of the LAS signed on 19 January 2015; supports the wish expressed by both Sides to exchange views, develop a dialogue and cooperation in areas of common interest, based on the principles of mutual trust and benefit;

2.      Supports the fact that both Sides enhance their dialogue and cooperation with a view to promoting the EU-LAS Strategic Dialogue, which includes exchanges on political and security matters, and the exchange of regular meetings of the EU Political and Security Committee and the Arab Permanent Representatives;

3.      Welcomes the Declaration adopted at the Third EU-LAS Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting of 10 and 11 June 2014; supports the fact that the Ministers welcomed Euro-Arab co-operation as a means to provide an integrated regional response to strategic challenges, to ensure capacity building within the LAS institutional set-up and to further develop technical exchanges; notes that the Ministers commended progress made in the field of early warning and crisis response, in particular the full implementation of the Early Warning & Crisis Response Project;

4.      Underlines that the Ministers condemned all acts of terrorism, and ensured the importance of the joint cooperation to face this phenomenon, which includes the threat posed by terrorist groups and foreign fighters; welcomes the fact that they agreed to share, as appropriate, assessments and best practices, as well as to cooperate in identifying practical steps to help address the threats, and that this will include counter-acting more effectively radicalization, recruitment, travel of terrorists and foreign fighters as well as dealing with fighters returning to their place of departure;

5.      Stresses that the Ministers also agreed to continue work on the comprehensive implementation of the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy; supports the fact that they welcomed the establishment of the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre with the initiative of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, and asked for supporting this centre, and that they welcomed the holding of the first international Conference on Combating Terrorism, in Baghdad in March 2014, as an opportunity to discuss and seek appropriate means and ways to promote international cooperation and combat terrorism at regional level;

6.      Reiterates its call for the EU to actively promote a global partnership against terrorism and to work closely with regional actors such as the African Union, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the LAS, and in particular with the countries which are neighbours of Syria and Iraq, as well as with the UN and notably its Counter-Terrorism Committee; calls, in this regard, for increased dialogue between development and security experts between the EU and those countries;

7.      Believes that the EU must rethink the prevailing weakness that characterised earlier counter-terrorism cooperation with countries of origin, transit and destination through which foreign fighters and the resources to support them have been channelled, including Member States of the LAS, in order to unite our efforts to fight against terrorism through increased sharing of information and of lessons learned, to tackle illicit firearm trafficking, to trace terrorist financing, and to develop a new narrative to counter extremism and fundamentalism; underlines that counter-terrorism cooperation and sharing should be a key element in the relations between the EU and the LAS;

8.      Stresses that a comprehensive EU strategy on anti-terrorism measures must also make full use of its foreign and development policies in order to combat poverty, discrimination and marginalisation, to fight corruption and promote good governance and to prevent and resolve conflicts, all of which contribute to the marginalisation of certain groups and sectors of society and thus make them more vulnerable to extremist group propaganda;

9.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States.


Texts adopted, P8_TA(2015)0032.

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