Foreign Affairs Committee – highlights of next meeting
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Foreign Affairs Committee – highlights of next meeting

Wednesday 20 June 2018, from 9.00 to 12.30 – from 14.30 to 18.30

Thursday 21 June, from 9.00 to 12.30

Room: József Antall, 2Q2


EU-China relations

Wednesday, 9.30-9.45

Rapporteur Bas BELDER (ECR, NL)

MEPs on the Foreign Affairs committee are likely to urge EU countries to stand united against China’s attempts to take control of Europe’s strategic infrastructure. The draft text stresses that China is a strategic EU partner and there is huge potential for further cooperation, but not without challenges.

Climate diplomacy

Wednesday, 9.00-9.15

Rapporteurs Arne LIETZ (S&D, DE) & Jo LEINEN (S&D, DE)

Foreign Affairs and Environment MEPs will put forward their joint recommendations for future EU climate diplomacy activities. The draft text identifies the necessary structures as well as strategic partners and thematic lanes for EU climate diplomacy. It also underlines that a strong leadership role of the EU in climate action is more important than ever.

Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Iraq

Wednesday, 9.15-09.30

Rapporteur Tokia SAÏFI (EPP, FR)

The Foreign Affairs Committee will decide if to give their consent to the new EU Partnership and Cooperation agreement with Iraq. This agreement will further deepen political and economic relations between the two parties.


Tuesday 19 June, 16.00-18.30 Room PHS 3C050

In cooperation with the Committees on Budget (BUDG), Budgetary Control (CONT), and Development (DEVE)

Entitled ‚Assessing the flow of external EU migration funding‘, this joint hearing aims at assessing the flow of current expenditure on the migration-related projects and the EU Trusts Funds and to analyse to what extent they bring added value to the EU budget. Speakers include Hassoumi Massoudou, Minister of Finance of Niger, as well as representatives of the EEAS, Member States‘ agencies, think tanks and civil society. The meeting will be live webstreamed.



Wednesday, 16.30-17.30

Foreign Affairs MEPs will discuss various topics, including the Iran nuclear deal, with Dr. Kazem Sadjadpour, Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran. Live webstreaming.

Egypt and Qatar

Thursday, 9.30-11.30

MEPs on the Foreign Affairs committee will discuss democracy, respect for human rights, social justice, security and socio-economic development with Dr. Ali Abdel Aal, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Later on the same morning, Members will welcome H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar. Amongst topics to be discussed: the recently signed cooperation agreement between the EU and Qatar, basis for an enhanced political dialogue and strengthened cooperation on sectoral areas of mutual interest, notably private sector development and research and innovation, regional crisis, and terrorism.

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Human Rights Subcommittee – highlights of next meeting

Monday 18 June 2018, 15.00-18.30

Tuesday 19 June 2018, 9.00 – 12.30 and 14.30 – 18.30

Room: Paul-Henri Spaak, 4B0001


Human rights in Guatemala

Monday, 16.30 – 17.30

MEPs on the Human Rights Subcommittee will the current human rights situation in Guatemala. Various NGOs recently reported that seven human rights defenders were killed in the space of a month in the country.

Human rights enhancement via democracy support

Tuesday, 14.30 – 17.30

In association with Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG), Human Rights MEPs will discuss the European Parliament’s election observation missions and their specific role and objectives: strengthen, in third countries concerned by elections or referendums, the legitimacy of national electoral processes, increase public confidence in elections, avoid electoral fraud, better protect human rights and contribute to conflict solution. Programme – Live webstreaming

Business sector’s track record in the field of human rights and legal remedies for victims

Tuesday, 9.00-10.30

Human Rights MEPs will discuss the potential of private sector organisations in the field of human rights and access to legal remedies for victims of corporate violation of human rights in third countries, with experts including Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UN Conference on Trade and Development, Klara Skrivankova, of Anti-Slavery Inernational, Jonas Grimheden, of EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Colin Roche, from Friends of Earth Europe.

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ACP-EU JPA – highlight of next meeting

Monday 18 June 2018, 11.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00

Tuesday 19 June 2018, 9.00 – 13.00 and 15.00 – 19.00

Wednesday 20 June 2018, 9.00 – 13.00 and 15.00 – 19.00

Room: Paul-Henri Spaak, Hemicycle

MEPs and their counterparts from the national parliaments of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states will meet for the 35th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels to discuss migration, demographic growth, fighting xenophobia, racism and discrimination, fighting international terrorism and the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

A press conference by the two Co-Chairs will take place on Wednesday afternoon. (tbc) – Background note – Media alert – Newsletter

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