The European Parliament / Delegations

Delegations shall maintain and develop Parliament’s international contacts. Parliament's international contacts shall be governed by the principles of public international law. Parliament’s international contacts shall be aimed at fostering, wherever possible and appropriate, the parliamentary dimension of international relations.

Accordingly, delegation activities shall, on the one hand, be aimed at maintaining and enhancing contacts with parliaments of States that are traditionally partners of the European Union and, on
the other hand, contribute to promoting 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.

Europe Delegations

Joint Parliamentary Committees (JPC)

EU-Croatia,  EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,  EU-Turkey

Parliamentary Cooperation Committees (PCC)

Russia,  Ukraine,  Moldova,  Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Other Interparliamentary Delegations

Switzerland, Iceland and Norway and European Economic Area (EEA),  Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo,  Belarus

Non-Europe Delegations

Joint Parliamentary Committees (JPC)

EU-Mexico,  EU-Chile,  Cariforum — EC

Parliamentary Cooperation Committees (PCC)

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia

Other Interparliamentary Delegations

Israel,  Palestinian Legislative Council,  Maghreb,  Mashreq,  Arab Peninsula,  Iraq,  Iran,  United States,  Canada,  Central America,  Andean Community,  Mercosur,  Japan,  People's Republic of China,  India,  Afghanistan,  South Asia,  Southeast Asia, ASEAN,  Korean Peninsula,  Australia and New Zealand,  South Africa,  Pan-African Parliament,  NATO

Delegations to the parliamentary assemblies

Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Delegation to the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly

Csaba Sógor is a member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Delegation for relations with Japan.

Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

It is responsible for the relations with the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and with ASEAN as an organizations. During the year, the members of the delegation's make two visits to the region and host the representatives of national parliaments of the ASEAN for a visit to Brussels. The European Parliament also has observer status in the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA, formerly AIPO), and participates each year in this organization's meetings.

Delegation for relations with Japan

The Delegation for relations with Japan is one of the best established in the European Parliament even though there is no legal framework or institutional agreement covering relations between the EP and Japan. It was created in 1979 and has held regular yearly meetings since, the last interparliamentary meeting with the Japanese Diet in March 2009 being the 30th. The preparatory meeting for the 31st IPM EP/Japan which will take place in 2010 was held in Brussels in December 2009. Interparliamentary meetings take place once a year, alternatively in Japan and in one of the places of work of the EP. Additionally, the Bureau of the Delegation or specialised working groups and Committee delegations may visit the counterpart Parliament on given subjects.
The Chairman of the European Parliament's Delegation is Johannes Cornelis VAN BAALEN (ALDE, the Netherlands) .
The Japan delegation holds regular meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg to examine matters such as the current economic and political situation in Japan, bilateral relations with the EU and regional security issues.