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The European Parliament is sending a delegation of MEPs to Colombia this week to accompany and observe its referendum on the newly signed peace agreement. MEPs “expect and hope” that on Sunday 2 October Colombian voters will back the peace agreement reached by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). (Read more: European Parliament delegation to observe Colombia’s peace deal referendum )

 

Members of the Euro-Latin American parliamentary Assembly “expect and hope” that the “historic” peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will be approved in the referendum to be held on 2 October. Once the deal is approved and the definitive and irreversible laying down of weapons is confirmed, they add, the FARC should be removed from the EU’s list of terrorist organisations. (Read more: EuroLat “expects and hopes” Colombia will approve peace deal on 2 October )

 

Deepening the integration of the EU and Latin America is the best way to respond to common challenges, agreed parliamentarians from both sides of the Atlantic at the opening of the ninth plenary session of the Euro-Latin Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), on Tuesday in Montevideo (Uruguay). The economic situation, trade relations between the EU and Latin America and between both regions and China, managing migration flows and fighting terrorism are also on the agenda. (Read more: EuroLat opening: deeper EU-Latin integration needed to tackle common challenges )

 

Ninth EuroLat plenary session: migration, trade and research

Plenary Session External relations16-09-2016 - 12:02

Managing global migration flows, trade relations between the EU and Latin American countries, and between both regions and China, plus the setting-up of an EU-CELAC Common Research Area, will be key agenda items at the ninth plenary session of the Euro-Latin American parliamentary Assembly (Eurolat) next week in Montevideo (Uruguay). (Read more: Ninth EuroLat plenary session: migration, trade and research )

 

Human rights: Philippines, Somalia and Zimbabwe

Plenary Session Humanitarian aid / External relations15-09-2016 - 12:18

Parliament condemns the current wave of extrajudicial executions and killings in the Philippines, deteriorating security and widespread intimidation in Somalia, and growing violence against demonstrators and breaches of human rights in Zimbabwe, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. (Read more: Human rights: Philippines, Somalia and Zimbabwe )

 

Dalai Lama: “I am one of the admirers of the spirit of the European Union”

Others Institutions / External relations15-09-2016 - 12:15
Dalai Lama, President Schulz  

The 14th Dalai Lama visited the European Parliament on Thursday 15 September to meet President Martin Schulz and discuss with members of the foreign affairs committee. Upon his fifth visit to the Parliament, the Dalai Lama expressed his admiration for the spirit of the European Union because it worked for the common interest of the people. “I think this spirit of the European Union eventually should spread in Africa and further in the world,“ he added. (Read more: Dalai Lama: “I am one of the admirers of the spirit of the European Union” )

 

MEPs back trade deal with six African countries

Plenary Session External/international trade14-09-2016 - 12:51

The European Parliament approved an agreement granting duty-free access to the EU for products from Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho, and improved market access for South Africa on Wednesday. (Read more: MEPs back trade deal with six African countries )

 

MEPs to assess the situation in Turkey and Gabon

Plenary Session External relations13-09-2016 - 12:00

The latest developments in Turkey further to the failed coup attempt in July 2016 will be debated by MEPs with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday at around 15.30. It will be followed by another debate on the situation in Gabon after the disputed re-election of President Ali Bongo. (Read more: MEPs to assess the situation in Turkey and Gabon )

 

EU-Turkey: time for more dialogue and cooperation

Others External relations02-09-2016 - 12:27
 

A coup attempt, terrorist attacks, a war at the border and three million refugees... Turkey faces difficult times as do its relations with the EU. Ankara has accused the EU of not condemning the coup attempt enough and demanded that the EU lifts visa restrictions or otherwise it could put an end to the refugee deal concluded earlier this year. Meanwhile the EU wants visa conditions to be fully met and is concerned about the rule of law and the country´s desire to reintroduce the death penalty. (Read more: EU-Turkey: time for more dialogue and cooperation )

 

CETA: “If people want a double-check, let’s do it”

Others External/international trade01-09-2016 - 13:29
Interview with CETA rapporteur Artis Pabriks  

The trade deal between Canada and the EU is the latest trade agreement to attract controversy. Negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) have been concluded, but it willstill need to be approved by the European Parliament, the Council and the national parliaments. On 31 August the international trade committee discussed the agreement and afterwards we talked to Latvian EPP member Artis Pabriks, who is responsible for steering the agreement through Parliament. (Read more: CETA: “If people want a double-check, let’s do it” )