Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations
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Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations

An Essential Companion

Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters

In today’s increasingly complex and interdependent world, the role of parliaments in external affairs remains a relatively under explored topic of research. The multiple patterns of global governance are mostly dominated by the executive branches of government, with parliaments relegated to the sidelines. This insightful book aims to challenge this dominant perspective and demonstrate the increased networking of parliaments both within the EU and with external actors outside the EU. It not only sheds light on EU parliamentary cooperation and networking, but also reveals the growing scope and role of parliamentary scrutiny, control and conflict mediation.
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Chapter 19: The Euro-Latin America Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat): constructing a common bi-regional agenda

Gustavo G. Müller

Abstract

The chapter explores the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat) by looking at its origins, functioning, goals and current challenges. Because EuroLat is the parliamentary dimension of a broader and multi-level region-to-region partnership between the European Union and Latin America, it faces the challenges inherent to the bi-regional relationship. On the one hand, it offers a platform for dialogue and socialization amongst its 150 members of parliament from both regions and has, since its creation in 2006, produced around 40 non-binding resolutions on a variety of topics relevant to the EU–Latin American and Caribbean States (LAC) strategic partnership. On the other hand, EuroLat’s symmetric structures fit uneasily into a larger context of asymmetries between Europe and Latin America that have to do notably with differences in economic development and with differences in capacity between the European Parliament and Latin American regional parliaments.

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