EuroLat plenary: impact of COVID-19 and how to promote recovery
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EuroLat plenary: impact of COVID-19 and how to promote recovery

The health, social and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on both sides of the Atlantic will be the focus of next week’s discussion among EU and Latin American parliamentarians.

The thirteen plenary session of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), which gathers 75 MEPs and 75 representatives of the Latin American and Caribbean parliaments, will be held in Brussels and remotely, on 4 and 5 November.

EuroLat co-presidents, Javi López (S&D, ES) and Chilean senator Jorge Pizarro, will open the event, followed by a video message from the High Representative for EU’s external affairs, Josep Borrell.

German Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, and Mario Cemoli, representing the Mexican Presidency of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), will lead the discussion on the human and health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parliamentarians will also look into the social and economic consequences of the health crisis and discuss how to ensure the right support to people and business. Mauricio Claver-Carone, recently elected as President of the Inter-American Development Bank is expected to present his views to the assembly in this respect.

The assembly plans to wrap-up the discussions with the adoption of a resolution on a comprehensive and bi-regional EU-LAC strategy to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members will also elect the co-presidents of both components of the assembly.

Background

The Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat) is the parliamentary institution of the Bi-regional Strategic Association established in June 1999 in the context of the EU-CELAC Summit (between European Union-Latin American and Caribbean). EuroLat was created in 2006. It meets in plenary session once a year.

EuroLat is composed of 150 members, 75 from the European Parliament and 75 from the Latin America, including Parlatino (Latin American Parliament), Parlandino (Andean Parliament), Parlacen (Central American Parliament) and Parlasur (Mercosur Parliament). The Mexican and Chilean congresses are also represented via the EU/Mexico and EU/Chile joint parliamentary committees.