The Week Ahead: Committee on Foreign Affairs
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The Week Ahead: Committee on Foreign Affairs

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Tuesday 21 January in Brussels, József Antall, 2Q2

The Eastern Partnership – vision of development after 2020
09:15-11:15
The objective of the hearing is to discuss the achievements and shortcomings of the EU’s Eastern Partnership both at the regional and multilateral level. MEPs and invited experts will also analyse the possible evolution of the EU’s relations with its six Eastern Partners and a way forward for the Eastern Partnership in the next decade. The hearing will constitute the Foreign Affairs Committees’ contribution to the next Eastern Partnership summit, which is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020. Full programme.

Exchange of views with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay (Pro Tempore Presidency of Mercosur), Ambassador Antonio Rivas, on EU-Mercosur relations (in association with the Delegation for relations with Mercosur)
14.30-15.00
Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss EU-Mercosur relations (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) with Paraguayan Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Rivas. On 28 June 2019, an “agreement in principle” was reached between the EU and the four Mercosur countries on the trade pillar (free trade agreement (FTA)) as part of a wider Association Agreement (AA) including political dialogue and cooperation. This agreement still requires ratification at EU and Member State levels.

Exchange of views with Gordan Grlić Radman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, on the priorities of the Croatian Presidency
15:30 – 16.30
MEPs will discuss the political priorities of the new Croatian Presidency in the field of EU external relations with Gordan Grlić Radman, Croatia’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.

Exchange of views with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General (Jointly with the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and in association with the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly)
16:30-17.30
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will address the AFET MEPs just a week after the European Parliament adopted resolutions on state of play of CFSP/CCSDP (Common Foreign and Security Policy / Common security and defence Policy) calling for close cooperation with NATO, but also stressing the need of ensuring EU-s strategic autonomy.

Exchange of views with Adel Al Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign relations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
17:45 – 18.30
The committee will take stock of the latest political developments in the Middle East, in particular with regard to the recent increased tensions between Iran and the US, together with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Relations Adel Al Jubeir.