Jean Lambert, London’s Green Party MEP, has today been awarded the role of Chair of the South Asia delegation in the European Parliament.
The delegation for relations with South Asia covers all SAARC (South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation) countries except India, so Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan.
Jean Lambert has been a member of the South Asia delegation for the past 5 years and has regularly been involved in dialogue between those parliaments and the EU at meetings in Europe and during visits to the region. While some interparliamentary activity has focused on the European Parliament’s priorities of enhancing democracy and human rights, the delegation has also helped express the views of the South Asian countries to the European Parliament.
Jean Lambert MEP said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be leading the work of the South Asia delegation over the coming term and particularly wish to highlight the difficulties faced by countries in the region as a result of climate change. I will endeavour to enhance dialogue between our parliaments to improve democracy and human rights, as well as represent the views of the SAARC countries in the European Parliament.”
Notes to Editors
EU relations with these countries are based on different legal grounds, for instance the EC-Pakistan Commercial Cooperation Agreement dates from 1976, while the updated EC-Bangladesh Trade and Cooperation Agreement was signed in 2001.