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EU-LAC Process

 

Relations between the two continents have improved substantially over the last decades. The two sides share common values such as human rights, democratic principles and multilateralism. The partnership reflects the increasing significance and the growing potential of the Latin American and Caribbean region, as well as the will of both partner regions to further strive for the strengthening and deepening of their relations in the future.

The enlarged EU is an important economic and political partner for Latin America and the Caribbean: it is the leader in development assistance and foreign investment and is the main trade partner for some of the Latin American countries.

The relationship between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean has developed on a bi-regional level (EU-LAC). A number of specialised dialogues take place between the EU and specific sub-regions (the Andean Community, CARIFORUM, Central America, Mercosur ) and between the EU and specific countries (Chile and Mexico).

A variety of cooperation agreements between Latin American countries and groups of countries have been concluded with the EU. These agreements are based on three pillars:

  • Political dialogue
  • Enhancement of trade relations
  • Development cooperation

Based on these broad foundations, the strategic direction of EU-Latin American relations is set through an institutionalised political dialogue. Two main forums for political dialogue exist:

  • As a dialogue between the EU and the Rio Group at Foreign Minister level
  • As Summit Meetings of EU and LAC Heads of State and Government

Both forums play a key role in the process of strengthening the relations between the EU and LAC.

In December 2005, the European Commission adopted a communication on the EU – Latin American partnership: "A stronger partnership between the European Union and Latin America", and in March 2006 a communication on the EU-Caribbean partnership: "An EU-Caribbean partnership for growth, stability and development".

 

More information on:

EU-Latin America and the Caribbean Summits of Heads of State and Government

Specialised dialogues between the EU and specific regions and states

Documents

 

Further information is available on the Europa Portal of the European Union.

 

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Date: 09.05.2006