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EP resolutions

Fair justice in Bolivia, cases of Előd Tóásó and Mario Tadić, 21 November 2013

The European Parliament adopted by 54 votes to 7 with 0 abstentions a resolution on fair justice in Bolivia, in particular the cases of Előd Tóásó and Mario Tadić.

The resolution was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ALDE, and ECR groups.

It called on the Bolivian authorities to ensure a fair and independent trial in the cases of these men, who were Hungarian and Croatian citizens respectively, arrested by Bolivian Special Forces on 16 April 2009, in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, and held without charge in pre-trial detention ever since. Members note this was in breach of the Bolivian law and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Members called on the European External Action Service to keep the case high on the agenda in its contacts with the Bolivian Government, and to take concrete measures and steps on the matter.

It also called for an independent investigation into the deaths of Árpád Magyarósi, Michael Martin Dwyer and Eduardo Rózsa-Flores.

Defining a new development cooperation with Latin America, 12 June 2012

The European Parliament adopted by 640 votes to 17 with 33 abstentions a resolution on defining a new development cooperation with Latin America.

Parliament recalls that the region is part of the group of middle-income countries that have achieved notable successes in reducing poverty -- from 44% to 33% in a single decade. Nevertheless, one in three Latin Americans still live below the poverty line - 180 million people, of whom 52 million live on less than EUR 2 a day - and 10 countries in the region remain among the 15 most unequal countries in the world.

Against this background, Parliament stresses the need to enhance coordination between the European Union and Latin America in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly the actions aiming at combating poverty, at job creation and at the social inclusion of marginalised groups.

Members call for cooperation to be redirected where it is needed the most to address poverty reduction.

Negotiating guidelines for an EU-Andean Community association agreement

The European Parliament adopted a resolution based on the own-initiative report drafted by Luís YAÑEZ-BARNUEVO GARCÍA (PES, ES) containing a recommendation to the Council on the negotiating mandate for an association agreement between the EU and the Andean Community.

The report was adopted by 470 votes in favour to 29 against with 65 abstentions.

It stated that the negotiating guidelines for the future agreement must not overlook the serious economic, political and social deficit that exists in most of the Andean countries, nor ignore the differences in development between the two regions or the nature of economic relations within the CAN itself.

Parliament stated that the legal basis on which the new association agreement is to be negotiated should include Article 300(3), second subparagraph (under which the European Parliament must give its assent to the agreement).

Consent to signing EU-Andean Community Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement

The European Parliament adopted the report by José Ignacio SALAFRANCA SANCHEZ-NEYRA (EPP-ED, E) approving the signature of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Andean Community and its Member States.