Highlights of AFET, SEDE and DROI committees 26-30 October
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Highlights of AFET, SEDE and DROI committees 26-30 October

Highlights of AFET meeting taking place on Monday, 26 October, DROI on Wednesday, 28 October and SEDE on Wednesday and Thursday 28-29 October.


Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) Monday 26 October 2020, 9.00 – 15.45 – Room: Remote via Antall 2Q2 and Spaak 3C50

Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) Wednesday 28 October 2020, 9.00 – 18.45 – Room: remote participation (via Antáll 6Q2)

Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) Wednesday 28 October 2020, 14.00 – 18.45 / Thursday 29 October 2020, 13.45 – 18.15

Room: SPINELLI (3 G 3) – Remote meeting

Committee on Foreign Affairs – Monday 


Foreign policy consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak (INI), adoption of amendments – rapporteur – Hilde VAUTMANS (Renew, BE)

Debate (9.15 – 10.10)

Exchange of views on EU’s mediation activities, its capacities and way forward, with:

– Helga SCHMID, EEAS Secretary General

– Pat COX, former EP President, on EP’s mediation activities

– Michael KEATING, Director of the European Institute of Peace

– European Commission representatives

Election of 2nd, 3rd and 4th Vice-Chairs (14.45)

Subcommittee on Human Rights – Wednesday

An association with the delegation for relations with Iran

Exchange of views on the new documentary film NASRIN (Nasrin Sotoudeh Sakharov Prize 2012) with the participation of film director Jeff KAUFMAN and Reza KHANDAN (husband)

In association with the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

European Gender Equality Week 26-29 October 2020 Exchange of views with prominent women in human rights:

– Bochra Belhaj HMIDA, women’s rights activist, lawyer and former parliamentarian, Tunisia

– Maria RESSA, journalist and author, Philippines

– Ismat Raza SHAHJAHAN, President of Women Democratic Front, Pakistan

(16.45 – 18.45)

In association with the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

Exchange of views on women’s rights and sexual and reproductive rights with: Maïmouna DOUCOURÉ, director of the film „Mignonnes“, 2020 and Claire PIERSON, Lecturer in Gender Politics, University of Liverpool

In association with the delegation for relations with the Andean Community

Exchange of views with Luis Gallegos CHIRIBOGA, Minister of External Relations and Human Mobility of Ecuador, chair of the Open-ended UN intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

Subcommittee on Security and Defence – Wednesday

Exchange of views on the continuing global threat from Daesh and its affiliates with Gilles de KERCHOVE, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Daveed GARTENSTEIN-ROSS, Associate Fellow at International Center on Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) – The Hague and Hugo MICHERON, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

16.45 – 18.45

Exchange of views with Francisco ESTEBAN PEREZ, Director, Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) and Civilian Operations Commander, European External Action Service (EEAS)

Jointly with the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Exchange of views with Ambassador Marjolijn van DEELEN, EU Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament

Subcommittee on Security and Defence – Thursday

13.45 – 15.45

The European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP): priorities and capability domains – Exchange of views with Alain ALEXIS, (Acting) Director, Coordinator for defence, Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS), European Commission (EC)

Exchange of views with Ambassador Sorin DUCARU, Director of the EU Satellite Centre, on the activities and the future of the EU Satellite Centre (SatCen)

16.45 – 18.15

Exchange of views on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security with:

– Rosemary DiCARLO, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

– Margot WALLSTRÖM, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden

– Mara MARINAKI, Principal Advisor on Gender and on the implementation of UNSCR1325, European External Action Service (EEAS)

– Netta AHITUV, alumna of the European Parliament Young Political Leaders programme

NB:In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Parliament is reducing the need for physical meetings on its premises, without compromising its role of democratic scrutiny nor its ability to approve the necessary legislative measures to combat the virus and support the public, consumers, businesses and emergency services.

The required social distancing of 1.5 m will be respected on EP premises at all times. Any parliamentary activities, like committee and plenary meetings, which are still taking place will be web-streamed and can be followed by the media without requiring their physical presence on EP premises. MEPs, Commissioners and Council representatives will be able to participate remotely.