European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs

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[citation needed].


For an up-to-date list of members, see: the European Parliament website: AFET members


Term Chairperson Group State
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 AsiaEdit

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.[1]


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