A group of Latin American parliamentarians asked the EU and Celac to promote trade and human rights

Opening ceremony of the fourteenth plenary session of EuroLat (Photo: Charly Diaz Azcue / Senate Communication) (Charly Diaz Azcue / Communication /)

The Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat) urged the EU and CELAC on Monday to promote bi-regional trade, with the closing of pending agreements, deepen human rights and seek an international order based on rules and not on violence.

In a message addressed to the leaders participating in the Brussels meeting between the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-Celac), the parliamentarians also advocated regularize this summit to strengthen the strategic association between both blocs.

The organization underlines the importance of investing in policies based on sustainable development, economic and social growth and the green and digital transition, which are equitable and inclusive, as well as deepening the cultural dialogue between both regions.

A rules-based international order

The EuroLat rejects any action that violates the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Statesand urges a rule-based multilateralism that promotes universal values ​​and principles as a search for peace.

In that sense, condemns and stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people “after the illegal and unprovoked unjustified aggression by the Russian Federation”.

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian soldiers fire a D-20 howitzer at Russian troops (REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova)
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian soldiers fire a D-20 howitzer towards Russian troops (REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova) (STRINGER/)

The European and Latin American parliamentarians also stress the “fundamental role” of press freedom, as well as the protection of journalists for the free exercise of their profession, and ask to work in the face of “the alarming deterioration” of the situation of the LGBTIQ community and against xenophobia.

Likewise, they consider it important to increase the participation of women in all political, social and economic spheres of society on an equal footing, as well as the fight against gender violence and femicides, and recommend deepening employment, with special emphasis on the youth.

The education It is another of the sectors for which parliamentarians request increased investment, creating quality, inclusive and accessible systems.

Climate change, security and justice

EuroLat requests the countries of the EU-Celac area to act quickly and take concrete and appropriate measures in the short, medium and long term to counter the climate changeand support and invest, both with public and private funds, in the research, innovation, development and deployment of new green technologies.

Also, the universal and free access to vaccines against the covid virus and other future pandemics and investment in digital policies.

Meteorological organizations warn governments that it is time to make decisions in the face of the effects of climate change.
Meteorological organizations warn governments that it is time to make decisions regarding the effects of climate change

They also consider the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime a priority, which threaten the most vulnerable populations, for which they urge the creation of the Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court against Organized Transnational Crime.

Finally, the parliamentarians remind the governments of the EU and CELAC of the importance of strengthening the legal and institutional capacity of the legislative chambers and the judiciary to combat impunity effectively, in order to consolidate quality democracies.

(With information from EFE)

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