Welcome from the Chair

In my role as the elected Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Mercosur (DMER), I have the privilege of leading its meetings and steering those held, in cities alternating between Europe and Latin America, with our counterparts from the legislative bodies of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

DMER's main objective will be to make a positive contribution to the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement during the European Parliament's current term (2019-2024). This achievement, the result of negotiations that have lasted more than a decade, will pave the way towards the creation of the largest free trade area in the world.

In addition to the Association Agreement, we will focus on other areas of shared cooperation such as culture, education, research and innovation as well as entrepreneurship, so as to not only bring our economic blocs closer together, but our societies and people too. DMER will also strengthen inter-parliamentary relations between the European Parliament and Mercosur assembly, Parlasur, as well as the legislatures of individual Mercosur countries.

Jordi Cañas

EP Joint statement of 9 January 2023 on the illegal storming of democratic institutions in Brazil

09-01-2023 - 18:00
Joint statement on the illegal storming of democratic institutions in Brazil

Lead MEPs condemn Sunday's violent storming of the Congress, the Presidential Palace and the Supreme Court of Justice in Brasilia by supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro.

Chair of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister (EPP, DE), Chair of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly Javi López (S&D, ES), Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT) and Chair of the Delegation for relations with Mercosur Jordi Cañas (Renew, ES), stated:

"We strongly condemn yesterday's violent and illegal storming of the Congress, the Presidential Palace and the Supreme Court of Justice in Brasilia by supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro. This was an inacceptable and heinous attack on the heart of Brazilian democracy, whose perpetrators and instigators must be punished with the full force of the law.

We express our full solidarity with the Brazilian Congress, the government of President Lula da Silva and all other democratic institutions in Brazil. It is one of the fundamental principles of democracies that results of fair and transparent elections must be respected, and any attempt to overturn them through violent acts must be firmly rejected. We are concerned about the increasing acts of political violence by extremist supporters of Brazil's former president, which directly promote speeches and actions that move to confrontation, hatred, radicalization and even crime. We call on all parties to do everything possible to overcome this dangerous situation and urgently adopt measures to prevent these acts from happening again while bringing those responsible to justice."

DMER Mission from 19-23 September 2022 to Uruguay and Paraguay

08-12-2022 - 11:26
The last mission of the Delegation for relations with Mercosur (DMER) took place from 19-23 September 2022 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and in Asunción, Paraguay.

In both countries, Members met with representatives of the executive and the legislative, as well as with civil society organisations and the social partners.

The Mission Report was adopted in the DMER Meeting of 13 October 2022.

Bureau of the DMER Delegation

14-12-2021 - 11:40
The Bureau of the Delegation for Relations with Mercosur (DMER) is currently constituted of the following members:

  • Chair: Jordi CAÑAS, Spain
    Renew Europe Group

  • 1st Vice Chair: Mónica Silvana GONZÁLEZ, Spain
    Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Stelios KOULOGLOU, Greece
    The Left group in the European Parliament


Mr Juan Carlos Perez Navas