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Welcome from the former Chair

Welcome to the site of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries.

As the elected Chair of the Delegation, I preside over our regular meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg and set the agenda for our work with our counterparts in Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. The Delegation closely follows in particular the evolution of the situation in Syria and the European Union's initiatives on humanitarian support for the Syrian people and on the future of Syria.

During this term of the European Parliament, while respecting the independence of our partner parliaments, we offer a unique, democratic voice. We are also working to ensure that the European Parliament's perspective is taken into account in all policy areas pertaining to our relations with the Mashreq countries.

In addition to our regular meetings within the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg, we also hold Inter-Parliamentary Meetings (IPM) with our counterparts in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. These meetings contribute to further strengthening the relations between the European Parliament and the Mahshreq countries, thus improving our mutual understanding and promoting the values on which the European Union is founded.

I look forward to guiding our Delegation through these shifting times.

Marisa Matias, former Chair 2014-2019

Next delegation meeting

06-04-2020 19:18

Due to the epidemic of COVID-19), the President of the European Parliament and Parliament's political leaders have modified Parliament's calendar of activities for the next weeks. The aim is to enable Parliament to exercise its core functions, while providing duty of care for its Members and staff, and protecting public health.

As a result, various meetings and activities due to take place on Parliament's premises, including those organised by the delegations, have been cancelled or postponed.

The Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries will resume its meetings as soon as the European Parliament returns to its normal calendar of activities.