Association EUBrasil offered a cocktail to MEPs, diplomats and CEOs last night (13/10) at the European Parliament, in Brussels, to celebrate the newly created Delegation for Relations with Brazil and welcome the new president of the Delegation for Relations with Mercosur, MEP Francisco Assis.
During the event, new members joined EUBrasil: MEP Francisco Assis, MEP Carlos Zorrinho, vice-president of the Delegation for Relations with Brazil, and MEP Lambert Van Nistelrooij. Among the guests were present MEPs Nuno Melo, Brando Benifei and Pilar de Castillo Vera, members of EUBrasil, and MEP Matthijs Van Miltenburg.
“It is very important for Brazil to follow more closely what is happening here in Brussels, especially in relation to debates and decisions on regulations that may have an impact on the Brazilian market. EUBrasil works continuously with Brazilian and European institutions, and the private sector to encourage the dialogue and the better understanding among all parties”, said EUBrasil’s president Luigi Gambardella.
The host of the event, MEP Nuno Melo, highlighted that Brazil was one of the first countries with which EU established diplomatic relations, in 1960, and praised the work of EUBrasil. “Brazil is much more than a regional power. Brazil is a main global player. EuBrasil is a natural confirmation of this historical relationship and common interests that link us, with mutual benefits”.
The vice-president of the Delegation for Relations with Brazil, MEP Carlos Zorrinho, stressed the importance of the newly created delegation. “EU’s relations with Brazil used to be a part of its relations with Mercosur. The country was the only one in the BRICS that had no such direct relation with Europe. This delegation will work to create a relationship of mutual benefit, a synergy between Europe and Brazil, with priorities in economic, political and cultural cooperation”.
MEP Francisco Assis, president of the Delegation for Relations with Mercosur, also stressed Brazil’s influence in the South American bloc. “Brazil is no longer a project for the future. The coutry is now one of the main players in the international arena and has been working in co-operation with EU in many different levels”.
MEPs Francisco Assis and Paulo Rangel were elected presidents of the Delegation for Relations with Mercosur and the Delegation for Relations with Brazil, respectively, at an EU Parliament session held hours before the event organized by EUBrasil. There are at the moment 44 inter-parliamentary delegations at the European Parliament with the responsibility to maintain relations with countries outside EU.