Trilateral gas talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union (EU) will take place on Monday in Brussels where they will discuss the long-term transit of gas through Ukraine post-2019. Vice-President for the Energy Union Maros Sefcovic will hold bilateral talks with both the Ukraine delegation headed by Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel and the Russian delegation headed by Energy Minister Alexander Novak. The CEOs of Naftogaz and Gazprom will also be present.
The ambassadors of EU member countries will meet on Monday in Brussels to discuss Brexit after the U.K.’s request to have more time to prepare for leaving the EU.
The EU, together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration, will co-host the International solidarity conference on the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels. It is estimated that, so far, approximately 4.5 million Venezuelans have fled as a result of the political turmoil, socio-economic instability and humanitarian crisis in their country. The solidarity conference has been organized to mobilize support in addressing the refugee and migrant crisis, and to demonstrate solidarity of the international community to the affected host countries.
The European Parliament’s (EP) Foreign Affairs Committee, together with the subcommittees on security and defense and human rights, will send a delegation to New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss new priorities and possible ways to further uphold multilateralism in the current political and security context from Monday to Thursday. The delegation will then travel to Washington to discuss foreign policy, human rights, security and defense with representatives from the U.S. administration and Congress.
The Development Committee delegation will travel to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia from Tuesday to Thursday to meet representatives from Ethiopia’s parliament, the African Union and other bodies as well as NGOs working in the field. The mission aims to take stock of recent political, social and economic developments in the country, which followed a series of reforms recently enacted.
A delegation from the International Trade Committee will be in Hanoi, Vietnam from Monday to Thursday. They will discuss the developments related to trade deal negotiations between the EU and Vietnam the conclusion of which will need parliament’s consent.