The EU's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean

EU-CELAC summit

Website dedicated to the EU-CELAC Summit 2015

 

The European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean have enjoyed privileged relations since the first bi-regional Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1999, which established a strategic partnership. They are natural partners linked by strong historical, cultural and economic ties. They co-operate closely at international level and maintain an intensive political dialogue at all levels.

Regional Summits take place every two years since January 2013, date of the first summit between the EU and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean states (CELAC), established in 2010 as a new region-wide political organisation and therefore new counterpart for the EU. Brussels hosts the 2015 Summit on 10-11 June and is themed "Shaping our common future: working for a prosperous cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens".

The EU pursues sub-regional relations with Central America, the Caribbean, the Andean Community and Mercosur. Bilateral relations are increasingly dynamic.

"The people of Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe have a long history of common aspirations…nowadays, we share a wish for peace and prosperity that our cultural and historical roots have helped to strengthen from generation to generation." Federica Mogherini, High Representative/ Vice President of the EU.

 

EU-CELAC -A Strategic Partnership for the 21st century

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), launched in 2010, is a regional mechanism for political dialogue and cooperation . For the first time , it involves 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It has merged the  Rio Group (political consultation forum) and CALC (“Cumbres América Latina y Caribe” – internal LAC Summits). EU-CELAC relations are structured around biennial summits, regular senior officials' meetings as well as specific thematic dialogues and initiatives including: From now on CELAC will be the EU's counterpart for the bi-regional partnership process, including at summit level.

 

 

The economic character of the relationship has also intensified these last ten years. The EU is linked to most non-EU Caribbean countries through an Economic Partnership Agreements. Free trade areas have been fully in force with Mexico and Chile since 2000 and 2005 respectively. Efforts are underway to update and modernise these two agreements. The free part of the agreements between the EU and Colombia and Peru has been  provisionally applied since 2013. Ecuador initialled its accession protocol to this Agreement in December 2014. Central America and EU parties are provisionally applying a free trade area since 2013. Negotiations for a free trade area continue with Mercosur.

The EU is the main development partner of the LAC region, its second largest trade partner and its first investor.


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  • 25/03/2015
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her visit to Cuba Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her visit to Cuba <p>I have started by meeting this morning with the Cardinal Ortega, with whom we discussed not only the role of the Church in Cuba but also the diplomatic efforts of the Catholic Church in the region. I followed the day with a meeting with two economic Ministers: Minister Malmierca, with whom we discussed in particular our trade relations, our cooperation and foreign investments, and with Minister Murillo with whom we discussed the implementation of the guidelines – the "lineamentos" – and how to strengthen EU-Cuba relations in this process. I then had a meeting with the President of the national assembly, Mr Lazo, and a long meeting with my counterpart, Minister Rodríguez whom I already had the chance of meeting officially in January in Costa Rica during the CELAC summit. On that occasion, in San José, I also had the chance of meeting President Raúl Castro. He invited me to visit Cuba and I had again today the pleasure of a long and interesting meeting with him: we had a t</p> 03/25/2015 15:20:03 03/25/2015 15:20:03 03/25/2015 15:20:03 03/01/2017 15:20:03 2015032515 090126248ee0febe N 090126248ee0febe /statements-eeas/2015/150325_04_en.htm 7262 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150325_04_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150325_04_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150325_04_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her visit to Cuba
  • 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
  • 10/03/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement by the Colombian and the FARC of an agreement on demining Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement by the Colombian and the FARC of an agreement on demining 03/10/2015 17:37:29 03/10/2015 17:37:29 03/10/2015 17:37:29 03/10/2015 17:37:29 2015031017 090126248eb2b3bb N 090126248eb2b3bb /statements-eeas/2015/150310_02_en.htm 3889 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150310_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150310_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150310_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150310_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement by the Colombian and the FARC of an agreement on demining
  • 25/02/2015
    Invitation to an off-the-record press briefing on the EU's third round of negotiations for an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (4-5 March) Invitation to an off-the-record press briefing on the EU's third round of negotiations for an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (4-5 March) 02/25/2015 12:42:30 02/25/2015 12:42:30 02/25/2015 12:42:30 02/01/2017 12:42:30 2015022512 090126248e880224 N 090126248e880224 /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_en.htm 3652 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Invitation to an off-the-record press briefing on the EU's third round of negotiations for an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (4-5 March)
  • 24/02/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and the situation in Venezuela Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and the situation in Venezuela <p>The recent arrest and detention of Caracas Mayor and veteran opposition leader Antonio Ledezma is a source of alarm, as are reports of alleged intimidation and mistreatment of other imprisoned opposition leaders and students who participated in last year's protests.</p> 02/24/2015 10:26:54 02/24/2015 10:26:54 02/24/2015 10:26:54 02/12/2016 10:26:54 2015022410 090126248e8623d7 N 090126248e8623d7 /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_es.htm 4742 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_en.htm 3 /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_es.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and the situation in Venezuela

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