CPF7ebdXAAAxXYsIn order to deepen the debate on topics of interest between Brazil and the European Union (EU) such as trade, investment and energy, a delegation of six MEPs arrived in Belo Horizonte (MG) on Monday (02/11) and will travel to Brasília on Wednesday (04/11).

In Belo Horizonte, the MEPs will visit a pioneer project of prison management without guards from the Association for the Protection and Assistance of Convicts subsidised by the European Union (APAC) and from there, they have a meeting with Representatives of the Federation of Industries of Minas Gerais (FIEMG). The delegation will also meet Adalclever Lopes (PMDB), President of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Minas Gerais.

In Brasília, they will have lunch with deputy Eduardo Barbosa (PSDB), Chair of the Brazil-EU Parliamentary Friendship Group and participate in meetings with representatives from the Brazilian Legislative: Senator Aloysio Nunes Ferreira (PSDB), Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations and National Defence of the Senate; Senator Roberto Requião (PMDB), Chair of the Brazilian Representation in the Mercosul Parliament and Co-President of the Euro Latin-American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat); and Jô Moraes (PCdoB), Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations and National Defence of the Chamber of Deputies.

The European delegation will also meet with representatives of the Brazilian Executive: Armando Monteiro, Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade; Ambassador Mauro Vieira, Ministry of Foreign Relations; Ricardo Lewandowski. President of the Federal Supreme Court (STF). A working dinner with João Gomes Cravinho, Ambassador of the EU Delegation and a working lunch with representatives of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) are in the agenda.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the EU-Brazil Cooperation the delegation will participate in a meeting at the National University of Brasilia (UNB) (Institute for International Relations).

MEPs want to propose a closer relationship with the delegation to which they belong and picked 3 themes: cross-border cooperation, investments and renewable energy.

“We want to create a delegation in Congress, not just a Friendship Group (Grupo de Amizade. We need a corresponding counterpart in Brazil at the same level. The idea is for the delegation to officially take charge of the issues related to the EU” said the chairman of the delegation, MEP Paulo Rangel.

Rangel also said that it will be important to bring National Congress members to Brussels next year to establish a closer relationship and that the delegation itself will be responsible for receiving them and put them in contact with European authorities.

The Delegation is composed by: Deputy Paulo Rangel, chair of the Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil (D-BR), António Marinho e Pinto, 1st vice-chair of D-BR; Carlos Zorrinho, 2nd vice-chair of D-BR and member of EUBrasil; Ashley Fox, member of European Conservatives and Reformists Group – ECR; Inês Cristina Zuber, member of Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left – GUE/NGL and Pablo Zalba Bidegain, member of Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) – PPE.