Delegation of the European Union to Chile

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You hear the word “disability”. What do you first think of? Some of us may immediately picture a wheelchair. But visible or invisible, born with or developed later in life, many of us know that disability goes beyond mobility and spans over a wide spectrum: visual, hearing, cognitive, motor, chronic illnesses and more. Disability is part of the human experience.

Leaders from the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) met virtually on 2 December 2021. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, chaired the meeting, representing the EU alongside President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell also took part in the meeting. The Heads of State/Government of 7 LAC countries, holding the presidencies of regional and sub-regional organisations in 2021(1), participated in the meeting.

This initiative is implemented by the Chilean Red Cross Population Mobility Project, and co-financed by the European Commission, through its Directorate General for Civil Protection and European Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

On the Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, the EU commemorates those who have died and suffered from these atrocious weapons and condemns in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons by anyone, whether a State or non-State actor, anywhere, at any time and under any circumstances, as a violation of international law

The European Union (EU) and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are essential partners in today’s challenging global context. The two regions have developed one of the most integrated partnerships, including a network of association, trade, political and cooperation agreements with 27 of the 33 countries. The EU’s association with this likeminded group of countries is of geostrategic relevance, together accounting for nearly a third of the UN membership. As “Team Europe”, the EU with its Member States and the European Investment Bank have committed around EUR 3 billion to address the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 crisis in LAC countries.

From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Union (EU) has taken resolute action to tackle the sanitary crisis and to mitigate its socio-economic impact. A global pandemic requires global solutions. That is why the EU has been at the forefront of the multilateral and cooperative response to fight the virus and its consequences.

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the former rebel group FARC-EP, the EU reaffirms its support to this historic deal.

On 21 November, regional and local elections were held for 23 governors, 335 mayors and more than 2,700 state legislative councillors and municipal councillors.

Ahead of World Children's Day on 20 November, the European Commission and the High Representative made the following statement:

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The EU firmly rejects the accusation levelled by President Arce against the former EU Ambassador to Bolivia, claiming that he participated in “the breaking of the constitutional order” in the context of Bolivia’s 2019 political crisis.

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