The leader of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, Iratxe García, will be in Mexico and Cuba next week, together with MEP Kati Piri, who is the S&D vice-president responsible for foreign policy, and MEP Javi López, co-chair of the EU-Latin America Parliamentary Assembly (EUROLAT) and member of the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Iratxe García said:
“Latin America is a key region for the European Union and for the Social-Democratic family. We share a common history, values and strong cultural ties. At a time when conservative and nationalistic forces try to undermine the multilateral world order, it is more important than ever to strengthen the cooperation and defend our common progressive agenda for multilateralism."
The S&D Delegation will be holding high-level meetings in Mexico from Monday through Wednesday to strengthen our partnership and analyse common global challenges such as the threats to multilateralism, climate warming, migration and human rights. The delegation will also address the upcoming signature and ratification of the EU-Mexico Global Agreement. They will also hold meetings with civil society, and in particular women’s organisations that are fighting gender violence.
The delegation will then continue to Cuba, where high-level meetings will be held at the National Assembly and the Foreign Ministry to address the implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA). This agreement, which came into force in 2017, comprises political dialogue, cooperation and sector policy dialogue as well as trade cooperation. There will be meetings with civil society and visits to projects financed by the EU, as well as meetings to address the effects of the US Helms-Burton Law on European firms.