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The fifth meeting of the EU-Ecuador Bilateral Consultation Mechanism was held in Brussels on 14 May. During the meeting, both parties expressed satisfaction with the positive evolution and the intensification of the bilateral relationship between Ecuador and the European Union in its various dimensions.
The discussion allowed for a extensive exchange of information and views on international, inter-regional and bilateral issues. The main focus of the bilateral agenda included the political dialogue, trade and cooperation issues.
Recent political and economic developments in the EU and in Ecuador were covered, as well as topics such as regional integration and political developments on the American continent. In particular, the parties exchanged views on the situation in Venezuela and their joint efforts as members of the International Contact Group. The EU acknowledged the Government of Ecuador's leading role in the regional coordination efforts related to the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis and reiterated its strong engagement in support of national, regional and multilateral efforts, aimed at mitigating the effects of the refugee and migrant crisis.
Cooperation programmes financed under the EU development programme were reviewed, including the EU support to post-earthquake reconstruction and a programme near the Northern border of Ecuador launched following the deterioration of the security situation. Future cooperation and dialogue themes were also discussed, including: migration, refugees, the fight against narco-trafficking, human rights, governance and corruption.
On environment and climate change, the parties discussed multilateral cooperation for the follow-up to the COP24 and the implementation of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.
The parties welcomed the positive results of the trade agreement.
Regarding human rights, the parties exchanged views on a range of issues. They explored the possibility of establishing a regular Human Rights Dialogue.
The Dialogue permitted a useful exchange of views on issues of mutual concern, and contributed to a greater understanding of the respective interests and positions. It was agreed that next meeting will be held in 2020 in Quito.
The Republic of Ecuador delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Andrés Terán. The meeting was hosted by the External Action Service of the European Union and chaired by Ms. Edita Hrdá, Managing Director for the Americas.