On June 23, Marietje Schaake together with nine other MEPs submitted Parliamentary Written Questions to Commission Vice-President / High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, on human rights cooperation between the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the EU. Please find the full text below.
Authors: Alyn Smith, Marietje Schaake, Ana Gomes, Javier Nart, Elena Valenciano, Afzal Khan, Barbara Lochbihler, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Josef Weidenholzer, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Subject: GCC-EU human rights cooperation The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) – EU Joint Council and Ministerial Meeting held on 24th May stated that "Ministers looked forward to further cooperation in (...) human rights". Furthermore, the European External Action Service (EEAS) stated on 28th May to the members of the Arab Peninsula Delegation of the European Parliament that a working group on human rights was under way, without giving any further details. However, the European Parliament was not informed and remains unaware to date on the nature and content of the EU-GCC human rights working groups. - To "further cooperation in human rights" does the High Representative intend to discuss this issue at ministerial level, given that in creating human rights working groups at a technical level, ministerial meetings are able to avoid discussing human rights altogether? - Will the European Parliament be briefed ahead of such meetings by the EEAS, knowing that informal human rights working groups offer neither parliamentary oversight nor proper consultations with local and international human rights organisations?