Member of the European Parliament

Eduard Kukan is a member of the European Peoples Party (EPP) in the European Parliament.

For information on his previous mandate in 2009-2014 in the European Parliament, please click here.

In the current 8th legislature (2014-2019), he is a member of the following committees and delegations of the European Parliament:

                   CHAIR

D-RS: Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee

The Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (D-RS) was created in 2014 for the new term of the European Parliament. It originated from the regional Delegation for relations with South-East Europe.

Relations with Serbia have been upgraded (from informal Interparliamentary Meetings <IPM> status) in 2013, following the entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA). The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union constitutes the legal basis for the political dialogue at the parliamentary level and the establishment of the Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee. Consequently, Members of the European Parliament and Parliamentarians from Serbia meet twice a year in a separate Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC), which has the same status as Joint Parliamentary Committees (JPC) which also exists for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYROM) and Turkey.

In 2002, the European Parliament decided to initiate informal interparliamentary relations with Kosovo. The official relations with the Parliamentary Assembly of Kosovo started in May 2008, following the declaration of independence. Since 2014, relations with Kosovo and Serbia are maintained by two separate delegations (DSEE and D-RS).

                  MEMBER

CPDE: Conference of Delegation Chairs

The Conference of Delegation Chairs is the political body in Parliament that periodically considers all matters concerning the smooth running of interparliamentary delegations and delegations to the joint parliamentary committees.

AFET: Committee on Foreign Affairs

Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs is a key player in the design and implementation of the EU’s foreign policy. AFET decides on the way European funds are used to promote the EU’s interests and values abroad and through our supervision of the Enlargement process define the future shape of the Union. Our support is required for all international agreements which define the EU’s role in the wider world, in particular for Association and Framework Agreements into which the Union enters with our wide array of global partners. In addition, the committee closely monitors the performance of the other EU institutions, especially the European Commission and the European External Action Service, to ensure that the interests of the people of Europe are always at the forefront of our common foreign policy. AFET also actively involved in establishing and improving relations with key allies through parliamentary diplomacy. Via these long-standing relationships, we contribute to the development of global norms and rules and ensure that EU legislation is crafted in a manner that allows it to integrate well into the global order.

SEDE: Subcommittee on Security and Defence

From the establishment of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in 1999 to the 30 civilian and military missions carried out since, the EU has contributed to stability and helped maintain peace in the Balkans, the South Caucasus, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2013 EU leaders created a roadmap for more effective capabilities and a new impetus to the CSDP, while underlining our important relationship with NATO.

The Security and Defence subcommittee (SEDE) has established itself as a key forum for fostering debate and examining CSDP developments in terms of institutions, capabilities and operations. It is an essential tool for holding CSDP decision-makers accountable and for policy to be understood by EU citizens. SEDE scrutinises the CSDP, making sure it responds quickly and effectively to new and existing challenges relating to the security of the Union and its citizens.

                   SUBSTITUTE

EMPL: Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

The EMPL Committee is mainly responsible for employment policies and all aspects of social policy, working conditions, vocational training, and the free movement of workers and pensioners.

D-AL: Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee

The Delegation to the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (D-AL) was created in 2014 for the new term of the European Parliament. It originates from the regional Delegation for relations with South-Eastern Europe.

Relations with Albania were upgraded (from informal Interparliamentary Meetings <IPM> status) in 2009, following the entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA). The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union constitutes the legal basis for the political dialogue at parliamentary level and the establishment of the Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee.

DEPA: Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly

The EP Delegation to the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly (Euronest PA) was created by the European Parliament on 6 May 2009 and constituted in the beginning of the 7th legislature (end of September 2009). The Assembly, after one and a half year of difficult discussions, was established on 3 May 2011 as the parliamentary dimension of the Eastern Partnership. This policy was launched by the European Union for its Eastern neighbours in an effort to bring them closer, to avoid new dividing lines, and to conclude far reaching Association Agreements, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas. The Euronest PA is currently composed of 110 Members: 60 Members from the European Parliament (this is also the number of Members of the current EP delegation) and 10 from each of the following countries (the Eastern Partners): Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. For political reasons, it was not possible, to date, to admit to the PA any Belarusian Delegation.

The Euronest PA aims to be the institution for multi-lateral parliamentary dialogue and for exchange among the Eastern partners and between the MEPs and their Eastern partner countries’ homologues. There are several areas of common interest: stability, democracy, legal and standards approximation, trade, energy, people-to-people contacts, and many others.