The ninth meeting of the EU-Peru Bilateral Consultation Mechanism was held in Brussels on 9 July. During the meeting, both parties expressed satisfaction with the continued positive evolution of the bilateral relationship between Peru and the European Union in its various dimensions.
The discussion allowed for an extensive exchange of views on bilateral, regional and international issues. The main focus of the bilateral agenda included the political dialogue, trade and cooperation issues. During the meeting, both delegations reviewed the results and progress of the sectoral dialogues under the mechanisms: human rights, the fight against drugs, climate change and environment, regional policy and border integration, SMEs and innovation, and cooperation on multilateral issues.
Recent political and economic developments in the EU and in Peru were covered, as well as topics such as regional integration and political developments on the American continent.
The EU highlighted the massive support for the constitutional reforms approved in the referendum of December 2018, which reflect the priority recommendations of the 2016 Electoral Observation Mission and the Electoral Follow-up Mission in 2017. The EU reiterated its commitment to continue working with Peru (government and civil society) on electoral and political reforms, mainly through the OECD Country Program.
The parties exchanged views on the situation in Venezuela and their efforts as members of the International Contact Group and of the Lima Group, respectively. The EU acknowledged the Government of Peru's efforts in support of a negotiated political solution and for taking the initiative to an international conference on Venezuela on August 6 as well as for its efforts in relation to the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis.
With regard to regional integration, the EU expressed its willingness to intensify dialogue and cooperation with the Pacific Alliance. The EU congratulated Peru for its successful Pro-Tempore Presidency and in particular for its leadership and excellent collaboration in the negotiation and conclusion of a Joint Declaration, which represents a new phase in relations between the EU and the Alliance from Pacific. Both parties pledged to sign the joint EU-AP Declaration in the short term.
Cooperation programmes financed under the EU development programme were reviewed. Future cooperation and dialogue themes were also discussed, including: the fight against narco-trafficking, environment and climate change, human rights, good governance, the fight against corruption, innovation and regional development.
The parties welcomed the positive results of the Trade agreement and underscored their willingness to continue working constructively in the implementation of said agreement.
The Peruvian delegation was chaired by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Jaime Pomareda; the delegation of the European Union, by Ambassador Edita Hrdá, Executive Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service.
The next meeting will be held in 2020 in Lima.