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European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs
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The Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET, after the French name ‘Affaires étrangères’), previously called Political Affairs, is a committee of the European Parliament. Composed of 75 members and 74 substitutes, it has two subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE).
Foreign affairs is not an area that Parliament has much power over, yet attracts a high proportion of the more well-known and influential MEPs given the prestige of the area.
For an up-to-date list of members, see: the European Parliament website: AFET members
|July 1979 – April 1980||Emilio Colombo||EPP||Italy|
|April 1980 – July 1984||Mariano Rumor||EPP||Italy|
|July 1984 – January 1987||Roberto Formigoni||EPP||Italy|
|January 1987 – July 1989||Sergio Ercini||EPP||Italy|
|July 1989 – February 1991||Giovanni Goria||EPP||Italy|
|February 1991 – January 1992||Maria Luisa Cassanmagnago||EPP||Italy|
|January 1992 – July 1994||Enrique Barón||SOC||Spain|
|July 1994 – January 1997||Abel Matutes||EPP||Spain|
|January 1997 – July 1999||Tom Spencer||EPP||UK|
|July 1999 – February 2007||Elmar Brok||EPP||Germany|
|February 2007 – July 2009||Jacek Saryusz-Wolski||EPP||Poland|
|July 2009 – December 2012||Gabriele Albertini||EPP||Italy|
|December 2012 – 18 January 2017||Elmar Brok||EPP||Germany|
|24 January 2017 –||David McAllister||EPP||Germany|
|Source (1979–2007): Corbett, Richard; Jacobs, Francis; Shackleton, Michael (2007), The European Parliament (7th ed.), London: John Harper, p. 151, ISBN 978-0-9551144-7-2|
Relations with Central Asia
The Committee on Foreign Affairs has established strong cooperation with Kazakhstan, Central Asia's most prosperous country, through regular visits and meetings. The European Parliament and Kazakhstan hold annual meetings of Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.
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