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Welcome message from the outgoing Chair

Welcome to the website of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly.

I am Javi López, Member of the European Parliament and, since September 2019, President of the European component of the Assembly.

Building on our long-standing parliamentary relationship and underpinned by common interests and values, political dialogue between the European Union and Latin America has become even more relevant in recent years against a backdrop of competition between great powers. Through our work, we hope to continue to forge ever-closer relations in the political, trade and cultural spheres.

Europe and Latin America face shared challenges such as defending, throughout the world, a dialogue- and rules-based multilateral order, ensuring truly inclusive economic growth able to reduce inequalities, combating climate change - an existential threat to our way of life - achieving the Sustainable Development Objectives, the ongoing battle for effective gender equality, creating a fair form of globalisation, institution-building and strengthening democratic guarantees.

In the EuroLat Assembly, the 75 Members of the European Parliament work alongside the 75 Latin American Members from the regional parliaments to provide a parliamentary dimension to the EU-LAC Bi-regional Strategic Partnership and to debate, monitor and review each of these issues and other questions relevant to citizens in the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean.

I am honoured and proud to work with partners on both sides of the Atlantic who are committed to striving for ever-closer bi-regional relations and to completing the vital task of transforming the friendship between our continents into a true alliance.

Javi López

Chair

DLAT: Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly

EuroLat is a multilateral parliamentary assembly - a forum for several different parliaments to come together - composed of 150 members.

Half the members - 75 - come from Latin American regional parliaments, including the Parlatino (Latin American Parliament), the Parlandino (Andean Parliament), the Parlacen (Central American Parliament), the Parlasur (Mercosur Parliament) and the Congresses of Chile and Mexico. The other half - again, 75 members - come from the European Parliament, and this group is the European's Parliament's delegation to EuroLat.

Work

The EuroLat Assembly adopts and submits resolutions and recommendations. These are addressed to several organisations, institutions and ministerial groups that are responsible for developing the 'EU-Latin American and Caribbean Bi-regional Strategic Partnership'.

This Partnership was established at the first summit between the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in June 1999. Today, EuroLat debates, monitors and reviews all questions relating to the partnership.

The Assembly also works generally to strengthen links between the two regions and address issues of bi-regional and international concern. EuroLat debates have focused on topics such as democracy and human rights, migration, fighting poverty, promoting social cohesion, innovation and technology and the environment and climate change.

Composition and structure

EuroLat Members are designated according to each parliament's internal rules in order to reflect the multiplicity of political groups and countries represented in each parliament and congress.

Two Co-Presidents chair the Assembly, one European and one Latin American. The Co-Presidents and 14 Co-Vice-Presidents (7 from each side) compose the Executive Bureau. This body coordinates the work of the Assembly, monitors its activities and maintains relations with the EU-CELAC Summit, the EU-LAC Foundation, the ministerial conferences and Groups of High-Level Officials and Ambassadors. Each EuroLat body counts an equal number of members from Latin America and from Europe.

Standing committees and working groups

EuroLat has four Standing Committees:

  • Political Affairs, Security and Human Rights
  • Economic, Financial and Commercial Affairs
  • Social Affairs, Youth and Children, Human Exchanges, Education and Culture
  • Sustainable Development, the Environment, Energy Policy, Research, Innovation and Technology.

The work of these committees serves as the basis for most of the Assembly's decisions. Motions for resolutions and recommendations adopted by a Committee are then considered and voted by the Assembly - generally on the basis of simple majority. The Committees and Executive Bureau meet at least twice a year, with one of these two sessions running in parallel with EuroLat's full annual Plenary Session.

In addition, on a temporary basis, working groups concentrate on a specific aspect of the Strategic Partnership. One current example is the Working Group on food security and combating hunger.

Languages

EuroLat's working languages are:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish