Briefing 
 

Debates on Iraq and Afghanistan 

MEPs will debate developments in Northern Iraq on Wednesday, as Iraqi forces, backed by allied forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga, fight to recapture Mosul from the terrorist organisation Daesh/IS. This will be followed by another debate on Afghanistan, and in particular the 4 October EU-Afghanistan joint commitment to step up cooperation on migration, as well as the European Parliament’s role in ensuring democratic oversight of the new agreement. A resolution on Iraq will be voted on Thursday.

On 17 October Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of operation to retake the city of Mosul from Daesh. As intensive fighting could force many civilians to flee the city, MEPs are likely to ask the EU Council Presidency about the EU’s role in ensuring humanitarian assistance and the next steps after the operation is over.


Afghanistan

 

On 4 October the EU and Afghanistan signed a political arrangement to tackle the challenges of irregular migration. It lists a series of actions to be taken in order to ensure the rapid, effective and orderly return of Afghan nationals who do not fulfil EU entry or residence conditions and to facilitate their reintegration in Afghanistan.


The joint declaration was signed in the margins of Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, where 75 countries and 26 international organisations endorsed the Afghan government’s reform agenda and pledged support of around €13.6 billion, one third of which will be contributed by the EU and its member states.


Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Debate: Wednesday, 26 October

Vote: Thursday, 27 October (Iraq)

 

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