Ms Maireád McGuinness, the First Vice-President of the European Parliament, participated in the plenary meeting of COSAC in Helsinki on 1 - 3 December.
McGuinness appreciated the dialogue in the conference: "People were getting involved, lots of questions, lots of answers, lots of time to reflect."
After the discussions, she reminded about the benefits of parliamentary cooperation.
"What you realise is that as you talk to colleagues from all over Europe and outside, we share common problems, and that makes finding common solutions much easier", she said.
"The issues we face today are very challenging and if we don't act, the results will be very damning so we need parliamentary cooperation now more than ever."