ABOUT PARLIAMENTARY DIPLOMACY

‘Parliamentary diplomacy’ concerns  the full range of international activities undertaken by parliamentarians in order to increase mutual understanding between countries, to assist each other in improving the control of governments and the representation of a people and to increase the democratic legitimacy of inter-governmental institutions.

Various activities may fall under ‘parliamentary diplomacy’. It may include:

EC VETO CONTRE LA FUSION ALSTOM ET SIEMENS

La Commission européenne a rejeté le projet de rapprochement entre  Alstom et Siemens censé créer avec le soutien des gouvernements français et allemand un champion européen du ferroviaire face à la concurrence internationale, notamment chinoise.

COUNTRIES WITHOUT A U.S. AMBASSADOR

As of 25 January 2019

  1. Albania
  2. ASEAN
  3. Belize
  4. Brazil
  5. Cabo Verde
  6. Chad
  7. Cuba
  8. Egypt
  9. Estonia
  10. Georgia
  11. Honduras
  12. Jordan
  13. Libya
  14. Mexico
  15. Pakistan
  16. Panama
  17. Qatar
  18. Singapore
  19. Tanzania
  20. Thailand
  21. Turkey

Countries where the U.S. does not exchange Ambassadors

  1. Belarus
  2. Bolivia
  3. Eritrea
  4. Sudan
  5. Syria
  6. Venezuela

MADURO’S EXTERNAL SUPPORTERS

  1. Cuba, Bolivia, El Salvador and Nicaragua continue to support Maduro.
  2. Mexico, has backed Maduro’s government after Guaidó’s announcement.
  3. While the Maduro administration is under heightened pressure from the Western Hemisphere, it has retained the support of Russia and China, allies who have played a crucial role in keeping the Venezuelan regime afloat through loans and other contributions.

FOUR KEY PRIORITIES FOR EUROPE’S FUTURE

Author: Michel Barnier, former vice president of the European Commission and French Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU chief negotiator for Brexit

THE PRINCIPLE OF NON-INTERVENTION IN CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL LAW

Source: Chatham House

EU REPORT ON INVESTOR CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCE SCHEMES

Investor Citizenship Schemes (‘golden passports')

In the EU, three Member States (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta) currently operate schemes that grant investors the nationality of these countries under conditions which are less strict than ordinary naturalisation regimes. In these three Member States, there is no obligation of physical residence for the individual, nor a requirement of other genuine connections with the country before obtaining citizenship.

FUTURE OF EUROPE GREENS/EFA GROUP POSITION

Adopted on 28th February 2018

On 28 February 2018, the Greens/EFA Group adopted, for the first time, a comprehensive Position on the future of the EU in all constitutional matters. 

Short-term: Restoring confidence and strengthening democratic legitimacy

1) Protecting the public interest by controlling the influence of the private interests

ENTRY INTO FORCE OF EU-JAPAN ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

The EU-Japan Economic Agreement became effective as of 1st February 2019. It removes the vast majority of the €1 billion of duties paid annually by EU companies exporting to Japan, as well as a number of long-standing regulatory barriers, for example on car exports. It also opens up the Japanese market of 127 million consumers to key EU agricultural products and increases EU export opportunities in many other sectors.

TRANSPARENCY OF MEETINGS WITH LOBBYISTS IN THE EP

A revision of the European Parliament’s rules of procedure, was adopted on 31 January 2019, to increase transparency obligations for meetings between elected officials and lobbies. When MEPs act as rapporteurs, shadow rapporteurs or committee chairs, they will be obliged to publish their scheduled meetings with interest representatives on Parliament’s website. Other MEPs are also encouraged to publish online information on such meetings. Agendas for meetings between MEPs and interest representatives will be made public.

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