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D-CL: Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee

The Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee, abbreviated as D-CL, was created by a resolution of the European Parliament on 10 March 2004.

The decision split up the former "Delegation for relations with the countries of South America and Mercosur", which covered the Andean countries - Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, which was then part of the Andean Community - as well as Chile and the countries in Mercosur: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Three new delegations were created: The Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community, the Delegation for relations with Mercosur and the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee.

The decision to create a dedicated delegation for Chile reflected the importance the EU gave strategic relations with the country.

In 2002, the strategic relationship had resulted in the signing of the EU-Chile Association Agreement.

EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee

Article 9 of the Association Agreement describes the establishment of an EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee, which "shall consist of members of the European Parliament, on the one hand, and of members of the Chilean National Congress (Congreso Nacional de Chile), on the other".

The Joint Parliamentary Committee has been mandated to examine all aspects relating to the application of the Association Agreement. The Committee should submit recommendations to the other bodies created by the agreement, notably the Association Council and the Association Committee, as well as to the bilateral summits.

The EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee meets twice a year, alternating between Santiago de Chile and Brussels.

Since the beginning of the European Parliament's current, eighth legislature, in 2014, the Joint Parliamentary Committee has met in Brussels on 27 January 2015, 25-26 April 2016 and 4 May 2017, and in Santiago de Chile on 11-12 December 2014, 13 November 2015 and 3 November 2016.

Modernising the Association Agreement

In recent years, the work of the delegation has focused on the talks between the EU and Chile to modernise the EU-Chile Association Agreement.

The scoping exercise for the negotiations was concluded in spring 2017, and negotiations are expected to start in the autumn of 2017.

On 14 September 2017, the European Parliament adopted a report by Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero Fernández (S&D, Spain) on the "Modernisation of the trade pillar of the EU-Chile Association Agreement", outlining the Parliament's recommendations for the upcoming negotiations.

Reform process in Chile

The D-CL delegation has closely followed a series of reforms initiated by Chile's President Michelle Bachelet since she took office in 2014.

These reforms have targeted the educational sector, the labour market, the pension system, the public funding of political activity and the electoral legislation.

Civil society

The Delegation has strongly supported strengthening the role of civil society organisations in bilateral relations.

To this end, the delegation welcomed that fact that, more than 13 years after the Association Agreement entered into force, the EU-Chile Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee held its first meeting on 4-5 October 2016 in Santiago de Chile.

Delegation Chairs:
  • 2004 - 2007
    Mr André Brie (GUE-NGL, Germany)
  • 2007 - 2009
    Mr Giusto Catania (GUE-NGL, Italy)
  • 2009 - 2012
    Ms Maria Paloma MUÑIZ de URQUIZA (S&D, Spain)
  • 2012 - 2014
    Mr António Fernando Correia de Campos (S&D, Portugal)
  • 2014 - present
    Ms Constanze Krehl (S&D, Germany)