Ms Soraya Rodríguez, MEP from Renew Europe Group, urges to ratify the EU-Chile agreement and strengthen the role of women in trade, digitalization, gender and the environment.
The Spanish MEP Soraya Rodríguez Ramos, from Renew Europe parliamentary group, has urged to ratify the agreement between the European Union and Chile and strengthen the role of women in the business field. Speaking in the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), Rodriguez stressed the importance of renewing this key agreement on issues such as the environment, digital trade, human rights and gender equality.
In her speech, the MEP highlighted the mutual trust between the European Union and Chile, stressing that Chile is a stable partner and that ratification of the amendment of this agreement is necessary to adapt to the changes of the last 20 years. Rodriguez stressed the need to close the gender gap in the business field, noting that only 38.6 % of Chilean companies are led by women, and of these, only 53 % export to the European Union.
The MEP highlighted the opportunities that this renewal of the agreement would offer to Chilean SMEs, especially in areas such as digital commerce and the environment. Regarding climate change, Rodriguez pointed out Chile’s commitment to renewable energy and its importance in the current context of the fight against climate change and geopolitics.
Finally, Rodríguez has positively appreciated the ratification of the Escazú agreement by the Chilean Chamber of Deputies and expressed her wish that it would also be ratified by the Senate. As for the delegation’s technical visit following that of the High Representative Josep Borrell, the MEP requested further details on the results of the visit.