The European Parliament’s delegations maintain relations and exchange information with parliaments in non-EU countries. Through its delegations, the European Parliament helps to represent the European Union externally and to promote in third countries the values on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.

There are currently 44 delegations. I sit on the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community (DAND) and the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (DLAT) and am a substitute member for the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China (D-CN)

The Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community liaises with national representatives from countries of the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), including on discussions on the implementation of the mutually beneficial comprehensive 2012 Trade Agreement with Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. With the EU being the third largest bilateral trade partner and a main investor for these countries, this trade deal is of great benefit to these countries. The delegation also meets national representatives and other stakeholders at an annual mission to an Andean Community country. One of the key issues that this delegation has focused on in recent years is the peace process in Colombia.

The Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, established in 2006, maintains dialogue with Latin America for the European Parliament which resulted in the adoption of five resolutions and a political declaration on various issues of mutual interest in September 2017. The delegation discusses a wide variety if issues, including:

  • climate change
  • migration
  • human rights
  • fighting the illegal drug trade
  • education
  • science and technology

Recently, the delegation have faced new challenges, including economic problems in Venezuela, certain policies of the current US administration and China’s increasing influence in Latin America.

The Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China was established in 1975. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner, while China is the EU’s largest source of imports and second largest two-way trading partner.  Annual summits and regular political, trade and economic dialogues are held, including over fifty thematic dialogues and agreements.

The main task of the delegation is to maintain relations with the China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) through regular inter-parliamentary meetings. The delegation is also the focal point for relations with the Legislative Councils of the Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of Hong Kong and Macao.

The EU supports the process of economic and social reform underway in China. It backs China’s transition towards an open society based upon the rule of law and respect for human rights, and believes this will benefit China’s development and social stability.

D-CN’s main policy objectives:

  • To engage China further, both bilaterally and on the world stage, through an upgraded political dialogue.
  • To support China’s transition to an open society based upon the rule of law and respect for human rights.
  • To encourage the integration of China in the world economy through bringing it fully into the world trading system, and supporting the process of economic and social reform that is continuing in China.
  • To raise the EU’s profile in China.

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