David McAllister MEP:Third meeting of the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly
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David McAllister MEP:Third meeting of the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly

MEPs and UK parliamentarians will gather in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the state of EU-UK relations, joint efforts to support Ukraine and sanctions policies.

The third meeting of the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly (PPA), established by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and agreed in December 2020, will feature interventions by, among others, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola and European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič. UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is expected to attend as well.

When: Monday 3 July and Tuesday 4 July 2023.

Where: SPAAK building, room 1A2, in the European Parliament in Brussels.

MEPs and UK parliamentarians will debate the latest developments in EU-UK relations and the state of play within the Partnership Council, which oversees the implementation, application and interpretation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. They will also discuss the future of EU-UK foreign and security policy cooperation, including within the new European Political Community, common efforts to support Ukraine and on sanctions, cooperation on trade and industrial policy and more.

Additional speakers expected to address those gathered include David O’Sullivan, International Special Envoy for the Implementation of EU Sanctions, Baroness Goldie, UK Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence (tbc) and Lord Mandelson, Member of the UK House of Lords and former European Commissioner for Trade.

The full meeting agenda will be available here.

You can follow all the meetings live here (Monday) and here (Tuesday).

Press conference

A press conference with the Chairs of the European Parliament’s and the UK Parliament’s delegations to the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly, Nathalie Loiseau (Renew Europe, France) and Sir Oliver Heald, is scheduled for 13.00 CEST on Tuesday, in Parliament’s press conference room Anna Politkovskaya (SPAAK building, room 0A50).

For remote participation, please connect via Interactio here. You can also watch it live here.

Background

The EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly was set up following the entry into force of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) in January 2021. It acts as a forum for the European Parliament and the UK Parliament to exchange views on EU-UK relations. It can also request information from the Partnership Council – the main joint EU-UK body overseeing the implementation of the TCA – and make recommendations to it.

The first edition of the PPA was held in Brussels in 2022, followed by a subsequent gathering in London. The Partnership Council is currently chaired by EU Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.