During this 4-day visit to the European institutions (13 June to 16 June) 14 indigenous delegates from the 7 regions presented the main issues affecting the indigenous peoples of the world to the EU.
The first day was devoted to a working session with members of the European Commission and the European External Action Service on the subject of the problems indigenous peoples face, as well as an informal meeting organised among the indigenous delegates in order to identify the most important problems which they felt ought to be presented to the European Parliament the following day.
On the second day, the indigenous delegates explained a few of the main issues affecting their communities to the European Parliament in a meeting that lasted 2 hours, hosted and chaired by Ms Hautala (MEP) in the presence of Mr Ville (Director "Human Development and Migration", EuropeAid - European Commission) and Mr. Serri (Deputy Head of Division Human Rights, Global and Multilateral Issues, European External Action Service).
On the third day the indigenous delegates had the opportunity to participate in the "European Development Days" organised by the European Commission.
Below you will find all of the documents related to this meeting.
In addition to the regional and specific issues raised by each of the indigenous delegates during the meeting on 14 June 2016 at the European Parliament, the delegates highlighted difficulties that are shared by indigenous peoples the world over and made cross-cutting recommendations to the EU.
Following the meeting at the European Parliament, a compilation of the interventions of all of the participants was put together. This contains the opening remarks of the three representatives of the European Institutions, the interventions of the indigenous delegates by region as well as the programme of the visit and the list of participants.
The participants had access to the following documents at the various meetings:
- A document including all of the texts adopted by the EU in favour of indigenous peoples
- The presentations of the members of the European Commission
- The recommendations from the Brussels brainstorming (March 2015)