The European Parliament’s delegations maintain relations and exchange information with parliaments in non-EU countries. Through its delegations, the European Parliament helps to represent the European Union externally and to promote in third countries the values on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.
There are several types of delegation:
- Delegations to Joint Parliamentary Committees (JPC) are responsible for relations with parliaments of EU candidate countries and parliaments of countries that have Association Agreements with the EU.
- Delegations to Parliamentary Cooperation Committees (PCC) have been put in place in line with Cooperation Agreements between the EU and third countries.
- Interparliamentary Delegations are responsible for relations with parliaments of countries that are outside the EU and are neither EU candidate countries nor covered by partnership and cooperation agreements.
- Delegations for Multilateral Parliamentary Assemblies (Euro-Mediterranean, EU-Latin America, ACP-EU and Euronest) provide a parliamentary dimension for regional partnerships.