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Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association

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ESTABLISHED: 1980

OBJECTIVE:The aim of this Association is to provide a structured forum for the exchange of information and ideas between Canadian parliamentarians and parliamentarians from the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Western European Union Assembly, similar European parliamentary organizations such as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA), the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region, and individual parliaments of all countries of Europe.

Under the aegis of the Association, an annual exchange takes place with the European Parliament, which is the parliamentary institution of members of the European Union. From time to time, special meetings are organized on bilateral issues of particular and urgent concern.

The Canadian Parliament enjoys observer status to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and sends delegates to the annual debate on the activities of the OECD. The Council of Europe comprises 47 European democratic countries, including 21 countries from Central and Eastern Europe, and focuses its work on human rights and social questions.

The Association also acts as an umbrella for bilateral exchanges with European countries; and for the participation of the Parliament of Canada in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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