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Justice Ellen Gracie receives award in Paraguay

August 29, 2006

The National Order of Merit Don José Falcón was delivered yesterday (28) to the Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Ellen Gracie, on an official trip to Asunción, Paraguay. The award, established in 2003, is intended for persons who have performed relevant service in that country. This time, expressed the recognition of the commitment of the justicein the rapprochement between Brazil and Paraguay, in the legal area.

In her speech during the ceremony, Ellen Gracie spoke about the importance of the participation of the three Powers in the process of integration of Mercosur. To this end, the justice stressed the need for legislative harmonization, which is the responsibility of parliaments, as well as the full participation of the judiciary.

4th Meeting of Supreme Courts of Mercosur

The trip included official visits to the President of the Republic, Nicanor Duarte, and the Supreme Court of the country. In the meeting with the justices of the Supreme Court, the importance of cooperation in the legal area for the strengthening of Mercosur was highlighted.

According to the president of the Paraguayan Court, Raúl Torres Kirmser, the exchange between the judicial branches is important because it contributes to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the peoples and, above all, to consolidate agreements of integration and mutual cooperation.

Another topic on the agenda was the 4th Meeting of Supreme Courts of Mercosur. For Ellen Gracie and Raúl Kirmser, the main themes of the event should be: the regulation of the system of consultations with the Permanent Review Tribunal of Mercosur; the legal certainty of the bloc; the informatization of the judicial branches of the region, and the participation, this time, of labor unions.

The trip to Paraguay was the justice's first official visit to another country, since assuming the presidency of the Supreme Court.

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