Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly

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The Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat) is a trans-national body of 150 Parliamentarians from Europe and Latin America. It was established in 2006 to bolster EU-Latin American relations. It was described by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the European Union's External Relations Commissioner, as "one of the key bodies in ensuring fruitful cooperation between our two regions."

Organisation

EuroLat is led by a Co-Presidency, the current European Co-President is Ramón Jáuregui Atondo and the Latin American Co-President is José Leonel Vasquéz Búcaro (of El Salvador, Parlacen). There are 14 Co-Vice Presidents, again equally split. The Co-Presidents and the Co-Vice Presidents form the Executive Bureau, the managing body. EuroLat has four standing committees: Political, Security and Human Rights Affairs; Economic, Financial and Trade Affairs; Committee on Social Affairs, Youth and Children, Human Exchanges, Education and Culture and Committee on Sustainable Development, Environment, Energy Policy, Research, Innovation and Technology. There can be a maximum of 2 temporary committees or working groups.

Members

The 150 members are split equally between European and Latin American members, currently drawn from the following bodies;

Executive Bureau Members from European Parliament;

Executive Bureau Members from Latin America;

  • José Manuel Vásquez Búcaro (Parlacen, El Salvador)
  • Elías Ariel Castillo Gonzalez (Parlatino, Panamá)
  • Jorge Pizarro Soto (JPC Eu-Chile)
  • Rabindranath Salazar Solorio (JPC EU-Mexico)
  • María de los Angeles Higonet (Parlatino, Argentina)
  • Doreen Javier Ibarra (Parlasur, Uruguay)
  • José Pedro de la Cruz (Parlandino, Ecuador)
  • Diego Aquino Acosta Rojas (Parlacen, Dominican Republic)

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