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Norwegian parliamentarians discussed foreign policy with MEP Brok

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) visited Brussels 21 March and met with several MEP, among them the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy (AFET), Elmar Brok.

22/03/2006 :: Mr. Brok represents the largest party fraction in the EP, namely the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU). This is his second period as Chairman of the Committee.

According to Brok the main challenges for the EU are currently twofold: Firstly, the handling of the financial perspectives, secondly, the future shape of the Union concerning the constitutional project and the outside borders.
The discussion between the members of the Norwegian Standing Committee and Mr. Brok touched upon a broad spectre of issues, including the Middle East, the recent presidential elections in Belarus, neighbourhood policy and the internal market.

Brok stressed the importance for a unified EU which operates coherently and thus takes on the role as one of the world’s leading economic blocks with a GNP close to that of the US.

(Published 22.03.06)

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Members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. From left to right: Anette Trettebergstuen, Marit Nybakk, Vidar Bjørnstad, Anne Margrethe Larsen, Jon Lilletun and Erna Solberg.Photo: EU-del