Congresswoman Jô Moraes, president of the Foreign Affairs and National Security Commission, and Congressman Eduardo Barbosa, president of the Brazil-EU Parliamentarian Group, signed the membership form at a meeting with representatives of EUBrasil in Brasilia.
During the occasion, Barbosa handed over a document reaffirming EUBrasil’s participation at the Parliamentarian Group’s Advisory Board for another legislative term.
EUBrasil welcome Jô Moraes and Eduardo Barbosa as new members of the association. They received Enrico Ponzone, EUBrasil’s Director for European Affairs, and Samla da Rosa Mesquita, Director of AJA Media Solutions-Brussels, who is in charge of EUBrasil’s media relations, in Brasilia, last week.
“Jô Moraes and Eduardo Barbosa play a key role at Brazil’s Congress, not only as parliamentarians but as president of two important groups. We are very happy that they have joined EUBrasil and we look forward to working with them to strengthen relations between Brazil and the EU”, said Ponzone.
Mr Barbosa, affiliated to PSDB, is on his fourth term as Congressman. “The partnership between Brazil and EU is historical and strong. Brazil was one of the first countries with which the EU has established diplomatic relations. Last year, we celebrated 30 years since the first EU diplomatic delegation came to Brazil”, said the Congressman.
He also emphasised the importance of the trade relations between Brazil and EU, pointing out that Brazil is one of the 10 main trade partners of EU Members and is also the most important market for the EU in Latin America. On the other hand, EU is Brazil’s main trade and investment partner, responsible for almost 50% of foreign investments in the country.
Jô Moraes is affiliated to PCdoB and is on her third term as Congresswoman. She is president of the Foreign Affairs and National Security Commission (CREDN). The drafting of laws and monitoring of the actions related to Brazil’s foreign policies and international agreements are some of the commission’s main activities.
Ms Moraes believes that the Mercosur-EU agreement should be on top of Brazil’s government agenda. “To give priority to this issue is mainly Brazil’s interest for the importance of bilateral agreements in the regional and international arena”, said Moraes.