Highlights of AFET, DROI and SEDE meetings – 25-28 January 2021
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Highlights of AFET, DROI and SEDE meetings – 25-28 January 2021

Highlights of Foreign Affairs (AFET) meeting on Monday/Tuesday, 25-26 January and Subcommittees on Human Rights (DROI) and Security and Defence (SEDE) on Wednesday/Thursday, 27-28 January.


Committee on Foreign Affairs: Monday 25 January, 13.45 – 16.15 and Tuesday 26 January, 9.15 – 12.00 and 13.45 – 16.15 and 16.45 – 18.45 – Room: ANTALL 2Q2 and remote participation

Subcommittee on Human Rights: Wednesday 27 January, 13.45 – 15.45 and Thursday 28 January, 9.00 – 12.00 and 13.45 – 15.45 – Room: SPINELLI 1G3) and remote participation

Subcommittee on Security and Defence: and 16.45 – 18.15 and Thursday 28 January, 9.00 – 11.45 and 14.15 – 15.45 -Room: ANTALL 4Q1 and remote participation

Committee on Foreign Affairs


Report on the 2019-2020 Commission Reports on Bosnia and Herzegovina (INI), exchange of views – Rapporteur Paulo RANGEL (EPP, PT)

Exchange of views with Fabrizio HOCHSCHILD-DRUMMOND, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on the commemoration of the United Nations 75th anniversary (15.00 – 16.15)


Exchange of views with Stefano SANNINO, Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, EEAS (09.30 – 10.45)

Priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU – exchange of views with Augusto SANTOS SILVA, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal (10.45 – 12.00)

Exchange of views with Ambassador Rasa OSTRAUSKAITE, EU Permanent Representative to the OSCE (13.45 – 14.30)

Joint debate with the Committee on Development

The situation in Ethiopia: exchange of views with Hirut ZEMENE, Ambassador of Ethiopia, the EEAS and the Commission

Subcommittee on Human Rights 


Exchange of views on the new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, in the presence of Clara PORTELA, Senior Associate Analyst, the EUISS, Tinatin TSERTSVADZE, Policy Analyst, Open Society European Policy Institute and Rob BERSCHINSKI, Senior Vice President for Policy, Human Rights First

In association with the delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community 

Exchange of views on the situation of human rights and transitional justice in the context of the peace agreement in Colombia, in the presence of Eduardo CIFUENTES MUÑOZ, President of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Luz Marina MONZÓN, Director of the Special Unit for the Search of Missing Persons and Sebastián Escobar URIBE, Lawyer representative of CCAJAR (Colectivo de Abogados Josae Alvear Restrepo) (14.45 – 15.45)


Exchange of views on recent developments related to an international legally binding instrument on business and human rights, in the presence of Guus HOUTTUIN, Senior Adviser on Trade Issues, EEAS and Claire Methven O´BRIEN, Strategic Adviser on Human Rights and Business, The Danish Institute for Human Rights (9.00 – 10.00)

Exchange of views on the loss of value of democracy and growing authoritarianism, in the presence of Donatella DELLA PORTA, Professor of political science and Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence and Yascha MOUNK, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, and a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (14.45 – 15.45)

Subcommitee on Security and Defence


In association with the Delegation for relations with the United States of America

Strengthening transatlantic and international security: towards a new EU-US Security and Defence Dialogue
CSDP Civilian Compact: what progress by EU Member States on their National Implementation Plans?

Jointly with the Committee on Culture and Education

The protection of cultural heritage in armed conflict: a role for CSDP missions and operations? (16.45 – 18.15)


Priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU – exchange of views with João Gomes CRAVINHO, Minister of National Defence of Portugal, on the priorities in the area of EU security and defence (9.00 – 10.30)