The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee oversees EU foreign policies and discusses neighbourhood and enlargement issues. It has two sub-committees - Security & Defence, and Human Rights.
The current conflict in Ukraine, and Russia's role in it, has forced the EU to reappraise its relations with Moscow. Our members are actively working with the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) in order to bring them closer to the EU, promote democratisation and the rule of law, and enhance people-to-people contacts, although there are concerns about developments in some of these countries. We also support democratic opposition and human rights defenders active in Belarus. We strongly support the Association Agreements with Eastern Partnership countries.
We are working with EU and international partners to secure long-term stability and political reform in the Middle East and North Africa and Eastern Neighbourhood countries, including on energy security issues. We will also continue working to deepen alliances beyond the EU, particularly in North and Latin America, the Gulf, and South Asia. We strongly support a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Our goal is a secure and universally recognised Israel living alongside a sovereign and viable Palestinian state.
While there are areas in which the EU can act together in the international arena, we continue to believe foreign and defence policy should remain the competence of Member States and should be driven by consensus between governments, and not by any EU institution. We will work to ensure foreign affairs and defence remain firmly under national control in order to safeguard vital national interests.
ECR Members of the AFET Committee:
ECR Members of the Sub-committee on Security and Defence (SEDE):
ECR Members of the Sub-committee on Human Rights (DROI):
The foreign policy, security and human rights challenges facing the European Union in the years ahead are varied and complex. From terrorism to trade, armed conflict to human rights, what happens around the world affects us at home too.