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European Union External Action

17th EU-Brazil Joint Committee Joint Statement

At its 17th meeting on 13 September 2017 in Brussels, the EU-Brazil Joint Committee reviewed progress under the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Both sides reiterated that the Strategic Partnership is the cornerstone of EU-Brazil relations and the appropriate framework for continuing to diversify bilateral cooperation in the future. In this regard, they stressed the importance of joint understandings to improve its implementation. The upcoming high level visits and meetings confirm the willingness to strengthen bilateral relations.

Both sides reaffirmed their shared commitment to the values and principles of democracy and the rule of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, the promotion and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the promotion of international peace and security, on which the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership is based.

Both sides concurred that the promotion of trade liberalization and the facilitation of trade and investment flows fosters economic growth and prosperity, including through a robust and effective WTO system.

Both sides agreed that Science, Technology and Innovation are key to smart and sustainable development and recognise the importance of cooperation in research & innovation for EU – Brazil relations.

With a view to making the Strategic Partnership more effective and results-oriented, both sides decided to strengthen political dialogue and cooperation, economic and trade relations as well as cooperation in other sectors of mutual interest. They will continue to consult each other and work closely in international fora on topics of mutual interest, including on UN reform, so as to promote reciprocal support and joint initiatives.

To this end, the full array of available instruments should be used in a coordinated manner: regular Summits, ministerial and other high-level meetings, sector policy dialogues, and, as appropriate, cooperation in the framework of projects funded through EU financing instruments and coordinated calls jointly promoted by the EU and Brazil.

Both sides agreed to have an intersessional meeting in Brussels, in preparation of the XVIII EU-Brazil Joint Committee, which will take place in Brasília in 2018.