Situation in Egypt:
-extracts from the debate
EPRef92154 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session - Hemicycle //
Lieu: European Parliament, Strasbourg
End production: 13/03/2013 First transmission: 13/03/2013
MEPs debated with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Among the topics is Egypt's petition for EU observers to monitor the parliamentary elections to be held from April to June, after the new constitution is adopted. MEPs have also discussed the violence in Port Said and the expected retrial of ousted president Mubarak on charges relating to the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising.
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||SOUNDBITE (English) by Catherine Ashton EC Vice president and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, "Together with other members of the international community we will continue to push for the finalisation of the IMF arrangement which will allow the EU to mobilise a macro financial assistance of 500 million Euros."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Catherine Ashton EC Vice president and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, "Elections need to be held in conformity with the constitution and in a peaceful and inclusive and transparent manner. We know that going to the poles to vote is very important but it is only one component of building deep democracy.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Catherine Ashton EC Vice president and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy," Our special representative for Human Rights , Stavros Lambrinidis has been in Egypt in mod February and met with institutions as well as with civil society interlocutors. He conveyed the message of particular concerns we have on police abuse , on torture, and impunity, freedom of expression and belief, women's rights , the working conditions for NGOs and the promotion of economic and social rights. We've stressed the importance of ensuring a favourable environment for civil society and encourage the adoption of a new NGO law. that ensures NGO transparency while respecting the independence of civil society from government control.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Catherine Ashton EC Vice president and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy," Mr President , the situation of women in Egypt is of great concern. in particular violence and other forms of harassment . We are funding a million Euro project with the UN women on women empowerment."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Catherine Ashton EC Vice president and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy," This is a very difficult time for Egypt as I have indicated there are real challenges that need to be faced I believe the EU has an incredibly important role to play in that . We are determined to play it
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) by José Ignacio SALAFRANCA SÁNCHEZ-NEYRA (EPP, SP)," I am very worried that the opposition decided not to participate to the elections so I'd like to ask you what are you intending to do to try to make sure that these elections are fair and transparent because otherwise the challenges of Egyptian transition are massive and decisive for the whole region so we need to support them as much as we can"
||SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique DE KEYSER (S&D, BE)," Let's have clear objectives in "more for more" . If we want to help , let's help clearly identified groupings , especially for instance, women. Secondly let's work together and I am sure that the people of Egypt will thank us , to recover the assets of the Mubarak regime. this is going to be a very difficult issue, the assets are scattered throughout European banks and that somewhere we could help Egypt and that is something that people would really understand. and thirdly please let's ask strongly to the authorities that the death sentence are commuted to prison sentence because we are against the death penalty and it is time to be heard on this."
||SOUNBITE (Dutch) Marietje SCHAAKE (ALDE, NL)," I would like to hear from you why you did not respond to Morsi's power grab last November. DO you have a clear plan for how the more for more principle will out in practice ? This parliament looks forward to receiving it. Where are the pledged funds and how strong is conditionality? Can you also explain why you did not call on Egyptian authorities to abolish the death penalty where no less than 21 people were sentenced to death?
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Judith SARGENTINI (GREENS/EFA, NL)," The 5 million in loans and investment which you agreed to in November which Van Rompuy confirmed? As far as I know not single cent has yet been transferred to Egypt. Is that true? Is that because Egypt is not able to meet our conditions at the moment? i would like to help the country to overcome its economic problems . We simply can't do it under the present circumstances."
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