Delegation of the European Union to El Salvador and to the Central American Integration System (SICA)


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The ocean has never been an obstacle between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Europeans and Latin Americans have always felt close despite this natural border. However, it has been more than six years since the Leaders of the European Union and the LAC countries last met. The regions have never stopped working together but today´s challenging reality demands renewed political commitment.

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.

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

A União Europeia (UE) e os países da América Latina e das Caraíbas (ALC) são parceiros fundamentais no difícil contexto mundial de hoje. As duas regiões têm uma das parcerias mais integradas que se registam, que inclui uma rede de acordos políticos, de associação, de comércio e de cooperação com 27 dos 33 países da América Latina e das Caraíbas. A associação da UE a este grupo de países, com quem tem tantas afinidades, é de importância geoestratégica, já que juntos representam quase um terço dos membros da ONU. Enquanto parte da “Equipa Europa”, a UE, juntamente com os seus Estados-Membros e o Banco Europeu de Investimento, disponibilizou cerca de 3 mil milhões de euros para fazer face aos desafios imediatos suscitados pela crise da COVID-19 nos países da ALC.


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.

Desde el inicio de la pandemia de COVID-19, la Unión Europea (UE) ha actuado con determinación para hacer frente a la crisis sanitaria y mitigar su efectos socioeconómicos. Una pandemia mundial requiere soluciones
mundiales. Por esta razón la UE ha estado a la vanguardia de la respuesta multilateral y cooperativa para luchar contra el virus y sus consecuencias.

Desde o início da pandemia de COVID-19, que a União Europeia (UE) tem tomado medidas resolutas para fazer face à crise sanitária e atenuar o seu impacto socioeconómico. Uma epidemia à escala mundial requer soluções
à escala mundial. É por isso que a UE tem estado na vanguarda da resposta multilateral e colaborativa no combate ao vírus e às suas consequências.