Statement by David McAllister MEP:
• A delegation of 9 Members of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Committees visited Buenos Aires this week. The delegationparticipated in the G20 Parliamentary Forum organised by the Argentine Congress. In addition, we held talks with representatives of the Argentine government, including Vice-President Gabriela Michetti and the Argentinian chief negotiator for the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement Horacio Reyser, Members of both Houses of Congress, European business associations and civil society. We welcome the creation of a Parliamentary Friendship Group for relations with Europe in both Housesof Congress.
• In our meetings with Argentine government representatives, we discussed a wide range of issues of common interest, not only related to the G20, but also the situation here in Argentina, regional issues such as the recent elections in Brasil, and the ongoing negotiations for an Association Agreement between the EU and Mercosur.
• We are glad that Argentina is back on the international scene and is playing a more active and stronger role. Argentina and the European Union are strategic partners in the quest to preserve rules-based global order.
• At a time when some of the major players are turning away from multilateralism and the rules-based global order, we in the European Union are committed to promoting international cooperation on issues such as climate change, trade and international security.
• We welcome Argentina‘s strong commitment to international cooperation, multilateralism and free trade. The Argentine G20 presidency is a strong manifestation of the country’s leadership on global issues.
• The creation of the Parliamentary Forum in the context of the G20 summitis an important step to increase the democratic legimacy of the G20 process and bring it closer to the citizens.
• The participation of our delegation at the Parliamentary Forum is part of the European Parliament’s broader effort to strengthen multilateralism and free trade.