23/06/2010

Casa África visits Brussels, coinciding with the final stretch of the Spanish Presidency of the EU

Luis Padilla, the general secretary of Casa África, during the institution´s presentation at the European Parliament

Luis Padilla, the general secretary of Casa África, during the institution´s presentation at the European Parliament

Parliamentarians from 10 Western African nations visited the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels today to participate in the Parliament and State of Law seminar organised by Casa África and the Congreso de los Diputados.

With this meeting, both institutions aim to contribute towards an improved cooperation between the EU and Africa in matters related to democratic governance. Coinciding with his presence, the general secretary of Casa África, Luis Padilla, presented Casa África to the EU, one of the events scheduled by the Government of Spain during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union.

The first seminar speaker was Miguel Ángel Martínez, vice president of the European Parliament, who acknowledged that "there have been no initiatives like this one during any of the other EU presidencies, in which European parliamentarians have been able to explain to those from other continents how the community´s legal system works." Aside from Martínez, the event also counted on the participation of Juan Fernando López Aguilar, president of the Eurochamber´s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and Javier Pomes, General Adviser for the President of the European Parliament.

The African parliamentarians, who arrived from Madrid where the first part of the seminar was held in the Congreso de los Diputados, will continue analysing through tomorrow how the community´s institutions operate.

 

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