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The XV Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA-TCP), which was formed by the foreign min isters of each member country, began at 9:40 am in the Cuban capital.

In the midst of a complex regional and international context and threats to the progressive processes of Latin America, this meeting is being held today in the Protocol Room of El Laguito, in Havana.

The Political Council of ALBA-TCP must ratify the final declaration of the XIV Special Summit of Caracas and reaffirm the commitment of its Member States to the precepts of the Latin American and Caribbean Proclamation as a Zone of Peace, adopted by CELAC in January 2014.

This integration mechanism has among its imperishable objectives to strengthen regional unity and capacity for coordination, as well as the integration process in the continent.

The XIV Council met in New York, on September 26, 2014, during the sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), where they followed the mandates emanating from the Summits and Ministerial Councils of The alliance.

On that occasion they approved several documents on the general elections of Bolivia that same year; As well as the affectations to Member States by Transnational Interests and supported Ecuador in its energy policy and the widespread use of clean technologies.

ALBA-TCP emerged on December 14, 2004 as an alternative to the Free Trade Area for the Americas, proposed by the United States. It is currently made up of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Granada.

Functions of the Political Council of ALBA-TCP

Issuance of declarations and decisions
Definition and discussion of agendas and strategies for political, economic and social consensus among ALBA-TCP members in the different forums;
Orientation and approval of the work of the ALBA-TCP Political Commission and Permanent Coordination;
Receive information on the activities of other ministerial councils and other bodies; Gives opinions and suggestions on their respective tasks.
Evaluation and approval of draft agendas and documents proposed by the Political Commission and the Permanent Coordinator to be submitted to the Presidential Councils;
Review and approval of the proposed structure and functions of the ALBA-TCP bodies at all levels and the evaluation of proposals and decisions with a strategic political impact, emanating from the Economic Council, the Social Council and other bodies of ALBA -TCP.
Evaluate the effectiveness of the grannacionales projects of its competition.
To promote the execution of the grannacional projects prioritized of its competence