Foreign Affairs Committee – highlights of next meeting
Monday 23 April 2018, from 15.00 to 18.30
Tuesday 24 April 2018, from 9.00 to 12.30 – from 14.30 to 18.30
Room: József Antall, 2Q2
Rapporteur Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT)
Foreign Affairs MEPs will vote on their recommendations to the Council, the Commission and the EEAS on Libya. The draft suggests to ensure the strongest EU support for the UN Action Plan for Libya, help consolidate the Libyan Government of National Accord in its efforts to create political consent, and to continue to emphasise that there can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis.
2018 Enlargement package
MEPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee will take stock of 2018 enlargement progress as Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn will present EU candidate and potential candidate countries reports, the main achievement over the last year and guidelines on reform priorities.
EU candidate countries – Turkey, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania. Potential candidate countries – Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo. Accession negotiations have been opened with Turkey (2005), Montenegro (2012) and Serbia (2014).
Tuesday, 10.00 – 11.00
Foreign Affairs MEPs will discuss the EU-Tunisia relations, migrations and other regional challenges with Youssef Chahed, Prime Minister of Tunisia.
Tuesday, 11.00 – 12.00
MEPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss the EU-Iraq relations, stabilisation and reconciliation efforts, as well as humanitarian needs in post-Da’esh future with Mr Nizar Khairallah, Deputy Foreign Minister of Iraq.
Ahead of the debate foreign affairs MEPs will discuss the EU and Iraq Partnership and Cooperation agreement on Monday afternoon. The draft recommendation prepared by rapporteur Tokia Saifi (EPP, FR) advocates to green light the agreement, as it is an essential instrument for implementing the EU strategy for Iraq and for strengthening EU cooperation in the country’s reconstruction, stabilisation and reconciliation.
Foreign affairs and trade MEPs will hold a public hearing on ‚Strategies for China‘, to be followed by a debate on draft report on EU-China relations, put together by EP rapporteur Bas Belder (ECR, NL). MEPs will discuss with experts China’s strategy in Europe and the EU-China trade relations.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
MEPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee will be joined by Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to learn more on Bank’s activities in financing projects in Europe’s neighbourhood.
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Foreign affairs MEPs will welcome Mr Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, to present the latest efforts of the agency to help Palestinian refugees.