TALLINN - Estonian MEP Urmas Paet was appointed deputy chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs on Monday.
"The European Union's integral foreign and security policy must become stronger and more efficient," Paet was quoted by spokespeople as saying. "This is the only way the EU can protect the interests of its people and offset the pressure of authoritarian regimes both in the vicinity of Europe as well as globally. Europe has an important role in defending human rights and international law in the entire world."
The 71-strong Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by David McAllister, is one of the largest committees of the European Parliament.
There are 20 specialized standing committees in the European Parliament. The committees draw up, amend and adopt legislative proposals and own-initiative reports. They consider Commission and Council proposals and, where necessary, draw up reports to be presented to the plenary assembly.