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  1. The 16th European Union (EU) – African Union (AU) Human Rights Dialogue took place on 8th December 2020 by video conference. The Dialogue was co-chaired by Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights and Minata Samate Cessouma, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs.

The European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean aim to reaffirm and give new impetus to the strategic partnership through an informal meeting of EU27 and the LAC Foreign Ministers in Berlin. This is an opportunity to reinforce the close cultural, social and economic bonds, as well as to coordinate our approach in a less predictable international system.

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, having concluded 27
association, trade or political and cooperation agreements. The partnership is of geostrategic relevance, with EU and LAC
countries accounting for a more than a third of the UN membership. It is a force for a strong and rules-based multilateral
order and an ambitious international response to defining global issues such as sustainable development, climate change,
human rights and fair and free trade.

10/12/2020 - HR/VP blog - At Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council, member states agreed to launch a new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime to strengthen our collective action in this field. Taking action on human rights is not only the right thing to do. It is also in our interest: more human rights means more freedom, prosperity and peace, for us all.

The 6th High-Level Political Dialogue between the European Union (EU) and Colombia took place on 10 December 2020 by video conference.


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We have three important [external affairs] items today on the agenda of the European Union Council: we have Turkey, once again; we have our relations with the US and the prospects of the new presidency; and we have the Southern Neighbourhood.

While the Commission will continue to do its utmost to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the UK, there is now significant uncertainty whether a deal will be in place on 1 January 2021.