Committee on Foreign Affairs (EU)
The Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET, after the French name "Affaires étrangères"), previously called Political Affairs, is a committee
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 of the European Parliament
European Parliament
The European Parliament is the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union . Together with the Council of the European Union and the Commission, it exercises the legislative function of the EU and it has been described as one of the most powerful legislatures in the world...

. Composed of 75 members and 74 substitutes, it has two subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Human Rights
Subcommittee on Human Rights
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 (DROI) and the Subcommittee on Security and Defence
Subcommittee on Security and Defence
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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.


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
Emilio Colombo
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European People's Party
The European People's Party is a pro-European centre-right European political party. The EPP was founded in 1976 by Christian democratic parties, but later it increased its membership to include conservative parties and parties of other centre-right perspectives.The EPP is the most influential of...

Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

April 1980 - July 1984 Mariano Rumor
Mariano Rumor
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EPP Italy
July 1984 - January 1987 Roberto Formigoni
Roberto Formigoni
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EPP Italy
January 1987 - July 1989 Sergio Ercini EPP Italy
July 1989 - February 1991 Giovanni Goria
Giovanni Goria
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EPP Italy
February 1991 - January 1992 Maria Luisa Cassanmagnago EPP Italy
January 1992 - July 1994 Enrique Baron Crespo
Enrique Barón Crespo
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Party of European Socialists
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Spain , officially the Kingdom of Spain languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Spain's official name is as follows:;;;;;;), is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula...

July 1994 - January 1997 Abel Matutes
Abel Matutes
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EPP Spain
January 1997 - July 1999 Tom Spencer
Tom Spencer
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July 1999 - February 2007 Elmar Brok
Elmar Brok
Elmar Brok is a German Member of the European Parliament and the former Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was elected on the CDU ticket and sits with the European People's Party group...

EPP Germany
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February 2007 - July 2009 Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
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EPP Poland
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July 2009 - Gabriele Albertini
Gabriele Albertini
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EPP Italy
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