Summary of Activities during the 7th Parliamentary term
15th EU-Chile JPC, 2-5 November 2011, Santiago/Valparaíso, Chile
12th EU-Chile JPC, 13-14 May 2010, Seville, Spain
Interparliamentary Meeting of the EP and Chilean Delegations to the JPC, 26 January 2010, Brussels
11th EU-Chile JPC, 25-28 October 2009, Valparaíso, Chile
Article 9 of the Association Agreement between the EU and Chile, signed in Brussels on 18 November 2002, provides for the creation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), whose main task is to monitor the application of the agreement and to make proposals with a view to improving its operation. The committee comprises two delegations with an equal number of members from the European Parliament and from the Chilean Senate/Chamber of Deputies respectively. The Association Agreement, in addition to its commercial aspects, also includes sections on cooperation and political dialogue.
The committee, set up at the beginning of this legislative period, holds two meetings a year, alternately in Chile and the EU. The Joint Parliamentary Committee's bureau also holds one or two meetings a year in order to programme the joint activities for the next semester, and define topics of common interest to be discussed at the next interparliamentary meeting.
At the Joint Parliamentary Committee's meetings, subjects falling within the Association Agreement and its three pillars - trade chapter, political dialogue and cooperation - are raised, and points of views are exchanged on the current political and economic situation in Chile and the European Union. At each meeting, a Joint Declaration is adopted reflecting different positions of the JPC Members on a variety of issues and containing recommendations addressed to other association organs such as Association Council and Association Committee. The JPC also prepares and adopts Messages to the bilateral Summits, as was the case for the last EU-Chile Summit which took place on 17 May 2010 in Madrid.