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Historie

D-BR: Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil

The Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil was created by a European Parliamentary decision of 12 March 2014, followed by a resolution of 16 July 2014, which specified that it would include 14 full members.

Importance of Brazil

In deciding to establish a dedicated delegation, the European parliament acknowledged the importance of the country and the bilateral relationship.

This had been noted as early as 2009, when the Parliament passed a resolution on the European Union-Brazil Strategic Partnership.

In that resolution, Parliament noted that "Brazil has become an increasingly significant regional and global player and has emerged as a key interlocutor for the EU" and "Brazil and the European Union are partners who share the same world vision, and can promote changes and solutions worldwide".

Board

The Delegation's board was unanimously elected and consists of the chair and two vice-chairs.

The first chair of the Delegation, MEP Paulo Rangel (PPE, PT), announced his intention to resign from his duties in a letter dated 25 January 2017. He was replaced by Fernando Ruas MEP (PPE, PT), elected on 9 February 2017.

The Delegation's two vice-chairs are MEPs António Marinho e Pinto (ALDE, PT) and Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, PT).

Activity

The new delegation's activity will focus on strengthening parliamentary relations and monitoring the Joint Action Plan developed within the framework of the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership.

The Delegation made its first visit to Brazil on 3, 4 and 5 November 2015. The visit, chaired by Paulo Rangel MEP (PPE, PT), was a success.

The MEPs have since maintained contact with their counterparts in the Brazilian Congress (Senate and Chamber of Deputies), and with representatives of the executive (a number of Ministers) and judicial (President of the Supreme Federal Court) branches. They have also held meetings with representatives of Brazilian civil society and the National Industry Confederation (CNI).

The Delegation paid a second visit to Brazil from 30 October to 3 November 2017 jointly with the Delegation for Relations with Mercosur (DMER).