Brussels, Belgium -EFE-. The Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly -EuroLat- urged the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States -CELAC- to boost bi-regional trade, bring pending agreements to closure, deepen human rights, and achieve international order through norms rather than violence.
The members of the Parliament addressed the leaders participating in the Brussels meeting between the EU and CELAC. EuroLat issued a message advocating for regularizing the EuroLat summit to focus on trade and strengthen the strategic partnership between both blocks.
The assembly emphasized the importance of investing in policies for sustainable development, economic and social growth, and an equitable and inclusive green and digital transition. It also called for further cultural dialogue between both regions.
EuroLat rejected any action violating states’ national sovereignty and territorial integrity and called for the pursuit of peace through a rules-based multilateralism that promotes universal values and principles.
The Parliament declared that it stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and condemned the unjustified, illegal, and unprovoked aggression by the Russian Federation.
The members of the Parliament also underscored the fundamental role of press freedom and the protection of journalists to exercise their profession. They call for action against the alarming deterioration of the LGBTIQ community’s situation and xenophobia
The Parliament highlighted the importance of the increase in women’s participation in all political, social, and economic spheres of society on equal terms. It also advocated for the fight against gender-based violence and femicides and recommended more profound efforts to tackle youth employment.
The Parliament requested increased investment in education and creating quality, inclusive, and accessible systems.
Climate Change, Security, and Justice
EuroLat urged the countries of the EU-CELAC area to act swiftly and take concrete and appropriate short, medium, and long-term measures to counter climate change. They also called for public and private support and investment in research, innovation, development, and the deployment of new green technologies.
Other priorities are universal and free access to vaccines against the COVID virus and future pandemics and investment in digital policies.
The members of EuroLat also highlighted the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime that threatens the most vulnerable populations. To address this, they urged the creation of the Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court against Transnational Organized Crime.
Finally, EuroLat members remind the governments of the EU and CELAC about the importance of strengthening the legal and institutional capacity of legislative chambers and judiciary agencies to reduce impunity effectively and consolidate high-quality democracies.