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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

AFET Committee says a new approach is needed

According to the Foreign Affairs committee MEPs , the EU should develop a strategic concept for its external policy, with the aim of boosting its weight at international level. Pointing to the lack of consistency of the EU’s Foreign policy,  MEPs stressed that the EU needs a new and comprehensive approach.
Accordingly, Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Chairman of the foreign affairs committee, who steers the debates on the Council's annual report on the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) said: "We live in times of challenges to our security but also opportunities to promote peace and democracy. At the same time we need to focus our efforts and resources. This is why I urge Baroness Ashton and our Member States to be strategic and forward looking […]And in this context the role of the European Parliament is essential: we give voice to the expectations and aspirations of Europe's citizens and at the same time we provide the democratic legitimacy which is needed to launch a bold and engaging European foreign policy. It is now up to Catherine Ashton to show whether she can live up to this challenge - we are ready to support her in this."

Source: European Parliament