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Eurolat Meetings of the Standing Parliamentary Committees: 30 November - 2 December 2022

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The next EuroLat meetings of the Standing Parliamentary Committees will take place at the European Parliament's premises in Brussels (Belgium) from 30 November - 2 December 2022.

The 150 EuroLat members will meet in times of a rapidly changing geopolitical context and at a crucial time for the relaunch of EU-Latin America relations, right after the EU- CELAC ministerial meeting in Argentina and the adoption of the EU "Road Map 2023".

The Co-Presidents of the EuroLat Assembly, Javi López, President of the European Parliament's Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, and Oscar Darío Pérez Pineda, President of the Latin American component, will co-chair the Inaugural Session on 30 November.

Josep Borrell, Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will deliver the opening speech in the presence of Edita Hrdá, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU and Roy Barreras, President of the Congress of the Republic of Colombia.

Ms Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, will hold her welcome speech on the afternoon of 1 December.

Also on 1 December, the four EuroLat committees will meet to vote on four reports and to discuss current issues in bi-regional relations.

The Political Affairs Committee will vote on its report on "combating hate speech" and hold a debate about "the challenges of democracy in the digital world".

The Social Affairs Committee will vote on its report on "the challenges for the education sector in the face of COVID-19 and the post-pandemic era" and consider the question of "social mobility as an instrument to overcome poverty and social inequality in crisis contexts".

The Economic Affairs Committee will vote on its report on "digital platforms in the modern economy" and exchange views on the "follow-up of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference".

The Sustainable Development Committee will vote on its report on "challenges to ensure the human right to water" and discuss the perspectives for "sustainable transitions in the face of new geopolitical challenges: resilient food systems, energy supply and industries".

In the evening of 1 December, the EuroLat meeting with Civil Society will focus on "binding standards for corporations on human rights and the environment" and on "good governance, democratic space and the right to defend rights". The Women Forum will discuss "the impact of trade on women in Europe and Latin America".

On 2 December, the Working Group on security and organised crime will exchange views on "hybrid threats, disinformation and cyber threats" and consider the draft recommendation on "the fight against organized crime in the European Union and in Latin America and the Caribbean". The same day, the Working Group on food security and combating hunger will discuss "Euro-Latin American cooperation on resilience and sustainability of food systems in light of the current food crisis".

All meetings will be webstreamed and can be followed live or in person at the premises. Please consult the individual pages of the meetings for more information.

Nota de prensa de la CoPresidencia sobre el intento de magnicidio contra Sra Kirchner

NOTA DE PRENSA DE LA COPRESIDENCIA DE LA ASAMBLEA PARLAMENTARIA EURO-LATINOAMERICANA (EUROLAT) SOBRE EL INTENTO DE MAGNICIDIO CONTRA LA VICEPRESIDENTA DE LA NACIÓN ARGENTINA CRISTINA FERNÁNDEZ DE KIRCHNER

Los Co-Presidentes de la Asamblea Parlamentaria Euro-Latinoamericana expresan su más enérgica condena al intento de magnicidio perpetrado contra la Vicepresidenta de la Nación Argentina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, ocurrido el día jueves 1ro de septiembre de 2022.

El episodio es de una gravedad institucional inusitada en el país y, por lo tanto, rechazamos públicamente toda forma de violencia que menoscaba la base misma de la democracia como sistema político, y atenta contra las autoridades democráticamente elegidas y que expresan la voluntad popular, principio rector de las formas de gobierno adoptadas por los países de ambas regiones.

Expresamos nuestra condena y rechazo frente a este episodio y reivindicamos los principios rectores de la democracia y el estado de derecho como forma de vida común. Es responsabilidad de todos generar, promover y consolidar una cultura de paz y democracia como sistema político y como forma de expresión en el orden público de los ciudadanos y las ciudadanas.

14th EuroLat plenary session

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The 14th EuroLat plenary session took place in Buenos Aires (Argentina) from 11-14 April 2022.

The Eurolat Members discussed the follow up to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, its economic and social consequences and the road to recovery under the title of "A fair and inclusive economic recovery in peace". The pandemic has led to unprecedented losses of lives, a deep economic downturn, and had a profound negative impact on employment, poverty, education, public health and living conditions in both regions.

This meeting was the first occasion for the 150 EuroLat members to meet again in person since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. The Co-Presidents of the EuroLat Assembly, Javi López MEP, President of the European Parliament's Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, and Oscar Darío Pérez Pineda, President of the Latin American component, co-chaired the plenary meeting, which was held over two days throughout the programme.

The four committees of Eurolat as well as the Working Groups and Fora met in two-hour sessions each. This plenary session was the first time that the Working Group on Food Security and Fight against Hunger met and elected its Chair, after a Eurolat Bureau decision of May 2021. The unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine has further destabilised already fragile agricultural markets which were already under pressure due to the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change. As a result, agriculture all over the world is under pressure with potential implications about global food security.

The Eurolat Chair, Mr Javi López, had invited the Vice-President of the Argentinian Republic and President of the Honourable Senate of the Nation, Ms Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, as well as other high-level speakers for this plenary session.