Welcome message from the Chair

I consider it an honour and a source of immense personal and political satisfaction to lead the European Parliament Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil (D-BR) -- for Brazil is a friend, a country whose history and culture in many ways overlap with European history and culture and with which the European Union (EU) has one of its longest-standing diplomatic relationships, as formal diplomatic relations between the two partners have existed since the 1960s.

The Delegation proper meets either in Brussels or in Strasbourg, and we regularly hold meetings with our opposite numbers in the Brazilian Congress, for which the venue alternates between Brussels and Brasilia.

Bearing in mind that Brazil, the world's fifth largest country in terms of size and population and its eighth largest in economic terms, is a global player on the international stage, the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership was established after the two parties had together held their First Summit, in July 2007.

This partnership encompasses several areas of common interest, including scientific research, the environment, climate change, sustainable energy, poverty alleviation, the Mercosur integration process, and stability and prosperity in Latin America. The European Union and Brazil continue to be major trading partners. The EU is Brazil's second largest trade partner (17.4 % of all exports - 2018 figures) while Brazil is the EU's 11th largest trade partner (1.6% of total EU trade - 2018 figures). Brazil is, moreover, the single biggest exporter of agricultural products to the EU.

The objective that D-BR is pursuing within this general context is twofold. Firstly, acting as the European legislative arm, it oversees the Joint Action Plan (established under the Strategic Partnership) and secondly it is seeking to build a strong, lasting, open, and warm interparliamentary relationship, based on our shared principles, which are in turn rooted in the centuries-old ties between Europeans and Brazilians. The keyword is cooperation. Cooperation between the two sides of the Atlantic. And it is cooperation that I intend to encourage with a view to meeting the challenges of the next decade.

José Manuel FERNANDES

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."

Bureau of the D-BR delegation

11-11-2022 - 14:02
The Bureau of the Delegation for Relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil (D-BR) is currently constituted of the following members:

Chair: José Manuel FERNANDES (EPP, Portugal)

1st Vice Chair: João ALBUQUERQUE (S&D, Portugal)
2nd Vice-Chair: Anna CAVAZZINI (GREENS/EFA, Germany)

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Mr Helmut Weixler

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