The Report by Dominique Baudis MEP on relations between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council was adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday 24 March 2011. “This Report is adopted at a time when demonstrations are being violently repressed in Bahrain. The European Parliament has expressed a strong position towards this violence and is in favour of major reforms. The vote, passed with an overwhelming majority, shows the common will of the main political families”, said Dominique Baudis MEP.
“The Report recalls that demonstrators are fighting for freedom and denounces the authorities’ very violent reaction and repression. It underlines the need for major reforms regarding human rights and democracy, and in particular political rights, reform of the judiciary, freedom of conscience, expression and of opinion, the abolition of the death penalty and mutilation punishments, women’s rights… ”
For the long term, the text develops perspectives on relations between the European Union and the Arab countries of the Gulf region, notably through strategic partnerships in the geopolitical, energy, scientific or educational fields. It calls for the signature of a free-trade agreement, which has been under negotiation for more than 20 years”, Dominique Baudis concluded.