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My report on feminist foreign policy is making waves in Brussels

Since the end of last year my office and I have been working on a report on gender equality in European foreign and security policy. After a long process with a lot of research, discussions with experts and NGOs and political coordination processes, there is now a draft that has yet to be negotiated and approved in parliament. However, my demands are already met with broad interest outside the European Parliament.

This week the EU Task Force on "Women, Peace and Security" met online (due to corona), for me to present the report. Participants were, among others, members of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Political and Security Committee (PSC) and the main advisor for gender issues and UN Resolution 1325 on "Women, Peace and Security", Mara Marinaki. They all showed great interest in the report, which comes at a special time: after all, the EU Commission is working on a new "Gender Action Plan" (GAP III) for foreign policy.

What are the next steps in my report on feminist foreign policy?

So while the negotiations in the European Parliament are getting heated, my report is making waves in the Commission and the EEAS. Our aim as European Greens is therefore to anchor our demands from the report in CAP III:

  1. The EEAS must have the same number of women as men at all decision-making levels. To achieve this, we need quotas and better promotion opportunities for women.
  2. Compulsory gender training is needed for middle and senior management of the EEAS and for persons entrusted with the management of EU civil and military missions.
  3. The CAP III must be adopted before the end of this year, with clear, verifiable objectives on gender equality and the corresponding funding.

I will negotiate on these and other points with the rapporteurs from other political groups in the coming weeks. After the negotiations, the report will be discussed and voted on in the Committee on Foreign Affairs and - finally, in the second half of the year - in plenary!

Timeline shows the negotiations and the votes for the report
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