This is the first draft of the Foreign Affaires & Defense Policy Working Group :
1. Foreign Affairs
0.1) General declaration
The Pirate Party believes in the European Union’s ability to create exchanges of ideas, experience and knowledge, both between Europeans and the rest of the world. Sharing information, knowledge and culture brings people closer together and society develops.
Strengthening Europeans’ opportunities to share and tie social ties with each other should be the primary objective of the EU project.
The goal of the European Foreign Affairs policies is to build durable diplomatic relations between the European Union and the other states. Those bilateral relations can be based on cultural, economic or technological exchanges.
The building of the European diplomacy have to respect the protection of rights and the sustainable development.
1.1) International protection of fundamental rights
The European Union must create a protective status for European and international whistleblowers. They must be able to benefit from the right to asylum if there are not European citizens.
The European Union must integrate the protection of the rights of women and LGBTQI+ people as part of its international cooperation policy.
_NB : this already exist but we may accentuate on this aspect because it still necessary to remind people that this protection is not systematic in many countries. _
See : https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/mission-statement_en.pdf
1.2) International Trade Policy
Note : the “International Trade Policy” from the CEEP 2014 can be integrated to this part.
Pirates consider the right to privacy and self-determination of the people as self-evident. Those rights need to be respected and promoted in the context of trade agreements.
As part of the European economic diplomacy, the focus has to be on avoiding lasting imbalances in the exchange of goods and services.
We reject multilateral international agreements that force dysfunctional monopolies and patents to the detriment of civil rights and human freedoms.
(Here start the “International Trade Policy” part from CEEP 2014)
1.2.1) Principles for Trade Agreements
- Pirates stipulate that in all negotiations of the European Union on trade agreements the following conditions must be met:
- Stronger participation of the European Parliament;
- comprehensive access to information and public hearings;
- respect for self determination and privacy; and
- the interests of small and medium-sized enterprises must be taken into account.
1.2.2) Stronger participation by the European Parliament
Trade agreements contain political decisions that are important and difficult to change after they are adopted. Therefore, the European Parliament, the only body in the EU that has a direct democratic mandate, should have equal rights to the European Commission when dealing with trade policies.
The European Parliament via its Committee on International Trade (INTA) should participate as an equal partner of the European Commission in negotiations of trade agreements.
1.2.4) Comprehensive access to information and public hearings
- All documents concerning the negotiations of trade agreements should be made available to the European Parliament as well as to the public. All negotiations and hearings with stakeholders should be conducted in public. We demand that all results of consultations, especially submissions by stakeholders, must be published promptly and in full.
1.2.5) The interests of small and medium-sized enterprises must be taken into account
- At the moment trade agreements mainly take into account the interests of global enterprises, while small and medium-sized companies rarely benefit; SMEs are increasingly ousted from the market. We want to change that.
1.3) Conflicts Resolution
- Pirates want to pay special attention to the stabilization of conflict outbreaks and fragile states, as their instability is a source of problems for the entire international community.
1.4) Responsibility of international corporations
- The European Union must make it possible to engage the legal responsibility of companies in the event of infringement of European environmental law for their actions on the territory of the Union but also for their actions outside the territory of the EU if in the latter the seat of their parent company is on the territory of the European Union.
2.1) European Armed Force
Before the founding of European Armed Forces there has to be installed a parliamentary reservation for the European Parliament in advance the use of such forces.
Until the installation of this parliamentary reservation the Pirates refuse the joining of armed forces.
2.2) Defense and Technology
2.2.1) Artificial Intelligence
The national armed forces of countries within European Union are not allowed to invest in artificial intelligence research (and associated algorithm) if the purpose of this research is to allow autonomy of decision on the life of a living target.
The Pirates want to promote an international convention that prohibits autonomous combat robots taking their own decisions to use their weapons.
2.2.2) Cyber Defense
Cyberwar is largely without transparency or the possibility of claiming liability.
In accordance with our principles of technical development and transparent conduct of power, we want to work for international conventions bind signatories to openly declare the use of cyber weapons.
This includes the purchase of third-party monitoring programs for the purpose of spying on foreign individuals. We also want signatories to commit themselves not to actively undermine the security of civilian systems.
2.3) Use of weapons
Pirates are striving for more stringent regulation of the world arms trade and banning arms exports to conflict areas.
The European Parliament should have to give its agreement for any weapons exportation out side of the European Union.
We refuse the use of mercenaries and unmarked regular army warriors to diversify or occupy a foreign territory.
Please find in this document more details about the group work : ForeignAffairsDefense_Draft1.pdf (64,5 Ko)