EuroLat Assembly: hate speech, circular economy and food security | Actuality

Members of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), made up of 75 MEPs and 75 representatives of Latin American and Caribbean parliaments, will take part in the fourteenth plenary session of the Assembly on 13 and 14 April. , under the title “An equitable and inclusive economy, recovery in peace”.

Among the participants are Javi López (S&D, Spain), president of the European component of the Assembly, and Óscar Darío Pérez Pineda, president of the Latin American part and member of the Colombian Congress. For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly will meet in person.

Opening session and press conference

The Assembly will begin on Wednesday 13 April with speeches by EuroLat co-presidents, Javi López and Óscar Darío Pérez Pineda, and a representative of the Argentine Senate. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola and EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell will also participate via videoconference.

A press conference will follow the opening session. The two co-presidents will answer questions from the media at 12:30 p.m. local time (GMT -3) in the Hall of Honor of the Center Culturel Kirchner.

Digital platforms, environment and sexual and reproductive rights

EuroLat members will discuss criminal cooperation and the problem of hate speech online and offline. Given that both regions are underrepresented in the global digital market, representatives will discuss how to create appropriate environments to attract, retain and encourage the growth of digital platforms. Another topic on the agenda is the control of trade negotiations between the two blocs and the monitoring of trade agreements.

On social issues, discussions will focus on culture as a means of energizing relations between the two parties. In addition, they will assess the challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic for the reform of education systems. In addition, they will vote on a report on the circular economy and will address the “Rights of nature”.

In addition, a Food Security and Hunger Relief Task Force was created to highlight the need to facilitate the post-pandemic recovery process and to address the effects of the war in Ukraine on the global food market.

Other discussions will focus on the fight against drug trafficking and the state of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as LGBTI rights in the EU and Latin America.

Creation and composition of EuroLat

The Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat) is the parliamentary institution of the bi-regional strategic partnership, created in June 1999 within the framework of the European Union, Latin America and Caribbean summits. EuroLat was created in 2006 and meets in plenary session once a year.

The 75 members of the Latin American component of EuroLat include representatives from Parlatino (Latin American Parliament), Parlandino (Andean Parliament), Parlacen (Central American Parliament) and Parlasur (Parliament of Mercosur). As there are joint EU/Mexico and EU/Chile parliamentary committees, Eurolat also has representatives from the Mexican and Chilean congresses.

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