The following day the SICF organised a lunch with a group of Spanish MPs to discuss areas of shared interest
Spain’s Congress of Deputies was a must-see for the MPs on this year’s Leaders Programme. The Leaders were taken inside and visited the Hemicycle, the plenary chamber where the Congress of Deputies holds its plenary sessions and where the joint sessions between the Congress and Senate are held at the beginning of each parliamentary term. The atmosphere was relaxed and the group particularly enjoyed the visit as, although there wasn’t a session taking place, the everyday routine of the building and the presence of their Spanish counterparts made them feel “right at home”.
During the tour the Leaders were eager to hear about the composition of parliament, the distribution of the political groups, the meaning of the different coloured seats, the way in which speeches are organised and the historical roots of the building. The Programme schedule also allowed them to make contact with the members of parliament the following day and enjoy a working lunch together
Further photographs of the visit to Spain’s Congress of Deputies and historic Madrid at Gallery.
Further photographs of the lunch with SICF's board at Gallery.