EU Relations with Brazil


The EU and Brazil established diplomatic relations in 1960 building on close historical, cultural, economic and political ties. Our bilateral political relations have continued to widen and culminated in 2007 with the establishment of a Strategic Partnership. Central topics of the partnership currently include economic growth, cooperation on key foreign policy issues, and jointly addressing global challenges in areas such as human rights, climate change, sustainable energy, the fight against poverty. Trade is an important subject of dialogue, as Brazil is the most important market for the EU in Latin America and the EU is Brazil's first trading partner.

Since 2007, the EU and Brazil hold annual summits at the highest political level. The most recent EU-Brazil Summit was held on 24 February 2014 in Brussels. A High Level Political Dialogue is equally held on a yearly basis at political or senior officials' level and broaches international and regional issues of mutual interest. The Strategic Partnership is implemented through Joint Action Plans, the most recent JAP covering 2012-2014 . Some 30 sectorial dialogues foreseen in the JAP are currently active.

EU-Brazil cooperation is also governed by the EC-Brazil framework co-operation agreement (1992) and the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation (2004). Brazil is a founding member of Mercosur with which the EU signed a Framework Co-operation Agreement in 1995 whose main objective is the preparation of an inter-regional association agreement.

 Under the Development Cooperation Instrument (2007-2013), Brazil has benefitted of 61 million EUR mainly for the development of bilateral relations (support to sectorial dialogues, scholarship programs and European Studies Institute) and support to the environment. Brazil has also been a recipient of DCI regional funds (2007-2013). From 2014 to 2017, cooperation with Brazil will continue via the new Partnership Instrument (PI), and also through regional and thematic programmes. Loans from the European Investment Bank are equally available.


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  • 19/03/2015
    Speech of HRVP Federica Mogherini at the opening session of the EU-CELAC Civil Society Forum Speech of HRVP Federica Mogherini at the opening session of the EU-CELAC Civil Society Forum 03/19/2015 11:03:41 03/19/2015 11:03:41 03/19/2015 11:03:41 03/07/2016 11:03:41 2015031911 090126248ecbd3a4 N 090126248ecbd3a4 /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_en.htm 12125 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_es.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150319_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Speech of HRVP Federica Mogherini at the opening session of the EU-CELAC Civil Society Forum
  • 25/02/2015
    39 25362 1 #idefend – Making sure civil society has its voice #idefend – Making sure civil society has its voice

    The European Union in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Permanent Missions of Brazil, the Republic of Korea and Tunisia to the UN in Geneva launched in the margins of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council a public campaign to express support for and solidarity with the work of human rights defenders worldwide.  The #idefend campaign aimed at raising public awareness of the valuable contribution civil society advocates provide to the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, but also of the risks they are exposed to.

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    #idefend – Making sure civil society has its voice
  • 31/10/2014
    EU requests WTO panel on Brazil’s discriminatory taxes
  • 18/07/2014
    União Europeia, Brasil: Uma parceria incontornável
  • 18/07/2014
    Statement by President Barroso following the meeting with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff

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