The EU and Chile have a shared interest in meeting a number of challenges both globally and regionally to ensure greater social cohesion, better opportunities and quality of life for their people and to improve integration in both regions. Chile is considered a ‘graduated’ country for the EU and a partner with a common commitment to attain the SDGs under Agenda 2030.
Potential fields of cooperation include security and defense, science and technology, research, innovation, energy, education, employment, corporate social responsibility, SMEs and their groupings, regional policy, climate change and sustainable development
Chile is starting to benefit from new cooperation instruments, such as as the Partnership Instrument (IP), established by the EU to focus on areas of strategic interest, in particular to share European expertise and to support policy dialogues.
It also benefits from the Regional Facility for International Cooperation, standing as provider and recipient in four international cooperation actions with other Latin American countries.
In the framework of the AA, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to build a more strategic cooperation and differentiated partnerships with and within the region.
Chile continues implementing thematic and regional cooperation actions in the following fields:
1. The promotion of human rights, democracy, the rule of law and good governance
In order to tackle EU priorities and guidelines stated in the EIDHR as well as the EU Human Rights strategy in Chile, particular emphasis will be given to Economic, social and Cultural Rights and business and inclusion and non- discrimination. Women and girls ´rights and gender equality will also be a priority, particularly with regard to a life free from violence and the strengthening of a culture free from gender stereotypes. In addition, economic empowerment for women as well as political participation will also be covered.
2. Promotion of an inclusive and sustainable growth:
Social cohesion and good governance support at the regional level will be given via the EU programme Eurosocial. In the field of higher education for Chilean students, teachers and Institutions, Chile has taken good advantage from its participation in ERASMUS +. In terms of cooperation and drug prevention Chile participates in the EU regional program COPOLAD