The Oriental Republic of Uruguay and the European Union will co-host on Thursday 7 February the inaugural meeting of the International Contact Group on Venezuela. The meeting, which will take place in Montevideo, will be held at ministerial level.
On 31 January, the European Union decided to proceed, jointly with some Latin American countries, with the setting-up of an International Contact Group (IGC) on Venezuela - see Terms of Reference.
The IGC aims at contributing to create conditions for a political and peaceful process to emerge, enabling Venezuelans to determine their own future, through the holding of free, transparent and credible elections, in line with the country's Constitution.
The Contact Group will bring together the EU and eight of its Member States (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and countries from Latin America (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Uruguay).