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 delegations:
-Joint parliamentary committees
-Parliamentary cooperation committees
-Other interparliamentary delegations
-Delegations to multilateral parliamentary assemblies
The delegation chairmen coordinate their work within the Conference of Delegation Chairs.
Interparliamentary meetings are held once or twice a year, alternately in one of Parliament’s places of work and in a place decided by the partner parliament in the non-EU country concerned.