EU relations with Latin America

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  • 26/09/2014
    616 65744 1 _blank Statement by the Spokesperson on the decision by the Colombian Government and the FARC to publish the provisional agreements from Havana peace talks Statement by the Spokesperson on the decision by the Colombian Government and the FARC to publish the provisional agreements from Havana peace talks

    We welcome the joint announcement by the Colombian Government and the FARC, on 24 September, of the publication of the full texts of the provisional agreements reached during the Havana negotiations on land issues, political participation and illicit drugs. The EU supports the Havana peace talks and is encouraged by the presentation of these partial agreements, which show the depth of discussions and the willingness on both sides to address fully the core issues, leading to a solution to the conflict.

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  • 06/08/2014
    523 65744 1 Colombia and the EU sign Framework Agreement on participation in EU crisis management operations Colombia and the EU sign Framework Agreement on participation in EU crisis management operations /delegations/colombia/press_corner/all_news/news/2014/20140806_ue_operaciones_de_gestion_de_crisis_en.pdf 08/06/2014 16:58:00 08/06/2014 16:58:00 08/06/2014 16:58:00 nulldate 2014080616 <p>European External Action Service</p> 090126248c6b8a6a N 090126248c6b8a6a /delegations/colombia/press_corner/all_news/news/2014/20140806_ue_operaciones_de_gestion_de_crisis_en.pdf 186948 pdf Y /delegations/colombia/press_corner/all_news/news/2014/20140806_ue_operaciones_de_gestion_de_crisis_en.pdf 2 /delegations/colombia/press_corner/all_news/news/2014/20140806_ue_operaciones_de_gestion_de_crisis_en.pdf /delegations/colombia/press_corner/all_news/news/2014/20140806_ue_operaciones_de_gestion_de_crisis_es.pdf /delegations/colombia/press_corner/all_news/news/2014/20140806_ue_operaciones_de_gestion_de_crisis_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
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  • 30/07/2014
    186 57255 1 EU Strategy on Citizen Security in Central America and the Caribbean EU Strategy on Citizen Security in Central America and the Caribbean /la/docs/eu_strategy_on_citizen_security_in_central_america_press_release_en.pdf 07/30/2014 00:00:00 07/30/2014 00:00:00 07/30/2014 00:00:00 nulldate 2014073000 090126248c9c2056 N 090126248c9c2056 /la/docs/eu_strategy_on_citizen_security_in_central_america_press_release_en.pdf 148803 pdf Y /la/docs/eu_strategy_on_citizen_security_in_central_america_press_release_en.pdf 1 /la/docs/eu_strategy_on_citizen_security_in_central_america_press_release_en.pdf /la/docs/eu_strategy_on_citizen_security_in_central_america_press_release_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
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EU policy priorities towards Latin America since 2010 focus on:

  • deepening political dialogue at bilateral, regional and multilateral level;
  • deepening mutually beneficial trade and investment ties;
  • furthering closer bilateral relations with individual Latin American countries while also supporting regional integration;
  • increased dialogue on macro-economic and financial issues, environment and energy or science and research, intensifying our cooperation in these fields;
  • supporting the region’s efforts to reduce poverty and inequality and to pursue sustainable development, in line with the EU’s Agenda for Change;
  • adapting cooperation programmes to cover innovative areas not addressed by traditional development cooperation;
  • involving civil society in the Strategic Partnership including through the EU-LAC Foundation.

(EU-Latin America: Global players in Partnership- 2009

A wide range of agreements with individual countries and groups of countries in the region have been concluded, including Association Agreements with Chile and Mexico. Strategic Partnerships have been established with Brazil and Mexico. An Association Agreement with Central America, as well as a Trade Agreement with Peru and Colombia have been signed and will soon enter into force.

The EU is the second trade partner for the region. Trade in goods more than doubled over the last decade –up to €202 billion– (6.3% of total EU trade and 13% of LA trade). The EU remains the leading foreign investor in the region (including the Caribbean), accounting for €385 billion of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) stock in 2010, or 43% of the region's total FDI. EU FDI in Latin America and the Caribbean is higher than EU FDI in Russia, China and India combined.

Over the past decade, the EU has also supported the region’s successful efforts to reduce poverty and social inequality by providing €2.7 billion in development assistance under the Development Cooperation Instrument for Latin America 2007-13.

Summits of the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) leaders take place biennially, the last one was held in Santiago, Chile, in January 2013, and the next one will take place in Brussels in 2015.

Latest European Union  High Level visits  to the region

 

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