The idea of a Latin American parliamentary meeting is not new, and it came up before the Latin American summit of Heads of State and Government itself. To be more precise, in 1983 the first Conference of Speakers of democratic Latin American countries was held in Madrid. From 1983 to 1999, and on a continuous basis, a total of ten meetings took place in this format. In 2005, after six years of interruption the parliamentary dimension of the Latin American Conference is given a new impetus.
More specifically, the Latin American Parliamentary Forum was established in 2005 at the initiative of the Cortes Generales, with a strong involvement of other Parliaments, such as the Parliaments of Portugal, Chile or Uruguay. The goal of the Forum is to bring the citizens of our nations closer to all that represents, and shall continue to represent in the future, the system of Latin American Fora.
A total of eight conferences have taken place since 2005.