Relations between the European Union (EU) and Uruguay have become stronger since the Framework Cooperation Agreement was signed in 1992, improving political and economic dialogue. Uruguay is also an active participant in relations between the EU and Mercosur.
The EU and Uruguay signed the Framework Cooperation Agreement in 1992 to promote bilateral relations with the aim of increasing cooperation with regard to trade, finance and technology, among other things.
The agreement sets up regular meetings through Joint Committees for the purposes of sharing information and discussing topics of interest. Specifically, the ninth Joint Committee meeting between Uruguay and the EU took place in Montevideo on 5 June 2014.
Following the 1992 agreement, bilateral relations have been extended, and fostering relations with the EU has been established as a priority in Uruguay's foreign policy.
Bilateral relations have taken on a new dimension with the EU's support for the Mercosur regional integration process and with the progression of EU-Mercosur negotiations aimed at strengthening political, trade and cooperative relations between the two blocs.
At a regional level, relations with Uruguay are also developed within the context of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), through discussions together with other countries and regional groups.