Europa-Parlamentets beslutninger

Stronger partnership between the European Union and Latin America

The European Parliament adopted a resolution based on the own-initiative report drafted by José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra (EPP-ED, Spain) in anticipation of the Fourth EU-LAC Summit, which will take place in Vienna on 12 and 13 May 2006.

Parliament congratulated the Commission because it had submitted a new strategy communication that serves to identify the challenges and extraordinary opportunities likely to arise as a genuine bi-regional strategic partnership is translated into reality.

Parliament recommendedthat the Vienna Summit make a limited number of verifiable clear-cut commitments serving to lend new impetus to the strategic partnership in four main areas:

joint action to bring about effective multilateralism
  • a decisive boost to regional integration processes in Latin America
  • specific commitments regarding social cohesion
  • commitments regarding migration and human interaction.

Global partnership and common strategy for relations between the EU and Latin America

The European Parliament adopted the resolution by Mr José Ignacio SALAFRANCA SÁNCHEZ-NEYRA (EPP-ED, E).

With regard to the duration and the revision of the new common strategy, the Parliament requests that it remains in force for an initial period of four years and be extended, revised and adapted by the European Council as often as necessary, on a recommendation from the Council.

In Paragraph 9 of this resolution, the European Parliament:

"Proposes that the existing system of interparliamentary conferences be replaced with an EU-Latin American Transatlantic Assembly, composed of an equal number of members of the European Parliament, the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the regional integration parliaments, whose work would be conducted in plenary sittings and in committee, and which would meet once a year".