Highlights of AFET, DROI and SEDE meetings – 12-15 July 2021
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Highlights of AFET, DROI and SEDE meetings – 12-15 July 2021

Highlights of Subcommittees on Human Rights and Security and Defence Monday and Tuesday (12-13 July) and Foreign Affairs Committee meetings on Wednesday and Thursday (14-15 July).

SUBCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS (DROI)

Monday 12 July, 13.45 – 18.45 / Tuesday 13 July, 9.00 – 12.00 – Room: ANTALL 2Q2 (and remote participation)

Monday
In association with the Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula (13.45-14.45)
Exchange of views on the fight against impunity in Yemen, in the presence of:

  • Radhyai ALMUTAWAKEL, cofounder of Mwatana (citizenship), an independent Yemeni organization established in 2007
  • Kamel JENDOUBI, Chairperson of the UN Group of Eminent Experts (UN GEE) on Yemen
  • Gabriel MUNUERA VINALS, Head of Division for MENA.4 – Arabian Peninsula and Iraq, EEAS

Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs and in association with the Delegation for relations with Belarus and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly (14.45 – 16.15)
Second meeting of the Platform on the fight against impunity in Belarus with a special focus on the protection of journalists, in the presence of:

  • Belarus’ civil society representatives
  • Irene KHAN, UN Special Representative on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression,
  • Teresa RIBEIRO, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
  • Antoine BERNARD, Director of Advocacy and Strategic Litigation, Reporters without Borders
  • Matevz PEZDIRC, Head of the Genocide Network secretariat, Eurojust
    ,
    In association with the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries
    Exchange of views on the recent human rights developments in Lebanon (16.45 – 17.30)

In association with the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America (18.00 – 18.45)
Follow up to the European Parliament Resolution of 8 October 2020 on the ‘Foreign Agents’ Law in Nicaragua, in the presence of:

  • Mother of a political prisoner – Testemony
  • Organizacion de victimas de Abril
  • Comité Pro Liberación de Presos Políticos (CPLPP)

Tuesday

9.00 – 9.45

Exchange of views on the human rights situation in Chad, in the presence of:

  • Kurt CORNELIS, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Chad
  • Flaminia MINELLI, Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Head of the OHCHR Country Office in Chad
  • Max LOALNGAR, President of the „Ligue tchadienne des Droits de l’Homme“ (tbc)

COMMITTEE ON SECURITY AND DEFENCE (SEDE)

Monday 12 July, 13.45 -18.45 / Tuesday 13 July, 9.00 – 18.45 – Room: SPINELLI 1 E 2 – (and remote participation)

Monday

Exchange of views with Kris PEETERS, Vice-President and Member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank (EIB) (13.45-15.00)

(16.45 – 18.45)
Enhancing Resilience and Countering Hybrid Threats in the context of CSDP missions and operations – exchange of views with Joanneke BALFOORT, Director of Security and Defence Policy, EEAS and Major General Giovanni MANIONE, Deputy Director-General, EU Military Staff (EUMS)

Towards the Strategic Compass: capabilities and new technologies dimension – exchange of views with Jean-Pierre VAN AUBEL, Expert on Defence Policy and Strategy, Security and Defence Policy, EEAS

Tuesday

(9.00 – 12.00)

Exchange of views with Vice-Admiral Hervé BLÉJEAN, Director General of the EU Military Staff on the following:

  • Towards a European Union Operational Headquarters: the Strategic Review of the Military Planning and Conduct Capability
  • Mission reports from the Central African Republic and the Republic of Mali and Burkina Faso

(15.00 – 16.15)
The implementation of the EU’s industrial defence cooperation programmes: new awards and the European Defence Fund’s first work programme and 2021 calls for proposals – exchange of views with Francois ARBAULT, Director – Coordinator for defence, Defence Industry, European Commission


COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS (AFET)

Wednesday 14 July, 9.00 – 18.45 / Thursday 15 July, 9.00 – 12.00 – Room: SPAAK 3C50 (and remote participation)

Wednesday

Votes on amendments (final votes on Thursday)
The future of EU-US relations (INI), adoption of amendments – Rapporteur Tonino PICULA (S&D, HR)

Direction of EU-Russia political relations (INI), adoption of amendments – Rapporteur Andrius KUBILIUS (EPP, LT)

A new EU-China strategy (INI), adoption of amendments – Rapporteur Hilde VAUTMANS (Renew, BE)

Debates
Exchange of views with the EEAS and the European Commission on Moldova in the aftermath of the parliamentary elections on 11 July 2021 (13.45 – 14.45)

Exchange of views with Dr Anže LOGAR, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, on the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (14.45 – 15.45)

In association with the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Subcommittee on Security
and Defence
Structured Dialogue on the Commission Work Programme: Exchange of views with Josep BORRELL FONTELLES, Vice President of the European Commission/High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (17.15 – 18.45)

Thursday

Final votes on draft reports
The future of EU-US relations (INI) – Rapporteur Tonino PICULA (S&D, HR)
Direction of EU-Russia political relations (INI) – Rapporteur Andrius KUBILIUS (EPP, LT)
A new EU-China strategy (INI) – Rapporteur Hilde VAUTMANS (Renew, BE)