MEPs and their Latin American counterparts meet in Brussels this week for discussions focussing on the financial crisis and globalisation, organised crime, the prevention of natural disasters and progress with the negotiations on an EU-Mercosur Association Agreement.
Co-Presidents José Ignacio Salafranca (EPP, ES) and Gloria Oquelí (Central American Parliament), will open a joint session of the Assembly's standing committees at 9.30 on Tuesday, 22 November, at the European Parliament in Brussels.. The three standing committees, on political, economic and social affairs, will then convene separately on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.
The Eurolat Executive Bureau will be addressed by special guest María Emma Mejía Vélez, Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) on Tuesday morning and by Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, and EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on Wednesday afternoon. These two meetings will be open to all members.
Details of the standing committees' discussions are as follows:
Committee on Political Affairs, Security and Human Rights
Combating drug trafficking and organised crime (joint motion for a resolution)
Citizen participation and democracy in the EU and Latin America (topic for debate)
Relations between Dominican Republic and Haiti (urgent topic)
Committee on Economic, Financial and Commercial Affairs
Globalization and the financial crisis (joint motion for a resolution)
EU-Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) trade in raw materials (topic for debate)
State of play of the ratification of EU-Central America Association Agreement and the Trade Agreement EU-Colombia and Peru; perspectives for Ecuador and Bolivia; state of play of negotiations for an EU-Mercosur Association Agreement (urgent topic)
Committee on Social Affairs, Human Exchanges, Environment, Education and Culture
Prevention of natural disasters in Europe and Latin America (joint motion for a resolution)
Formal and informal education and continuous education (topic for debate)
Exchange of views with a representative of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on social inclusion and development technologies (@lis Programme) (urgent topic)
Exchange of views with Isabel Recavarren, coordinator of the Euro-Latin American Women's Forum, on the progress of work in the forum and outlook for the future
Working Group on EU-LAC Migration Issues
The EU’s immigration policy and the creation of the migration observatory will be under discussion at the meeting of this working group.