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Latin America & the Caribbean
The EU and Latin America and the Caribbean have enjoyed privileged relations since the first bi-regional Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1999, which established a strategic partnership. They are natural partners linked by strong historical, cultural and economic ties. They co-operate closely at international level and maintain an intensive political dialogue at all levels.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and from the European Union are in Brussels to discuss common priorities and challenges. "Building bridges and strengthening our partnership to face global challenges" is the theme of the meeting.
La democracia no puede darse por sentada: nunca se alcanza de forma definitiva y requiere atención e inversiones continuas. La UE es uno de los defensores más importantes de la democracia tanto dentro como fuera de sus fronteras.
Following the "Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy" presented in 2016 by High Representative Mogherini, a whole range of concrete initiatives was launched to strengthen the EU's role as a security provider for Europe and globally. In this context, cooperation with Latin America is an important element. The seminar, held in Madrid from 2 to 5 July, brought together colleagues from the European External Action Service (EEAS), EU Member States, and a wide range of Latin American countries. The meeting took stock of developments and discussed key issues such as cybersecurity in the context of hybrid threats or concrete EU action for example to support security in the Sahel region or gender mainstreaming in the EU's Common Defence and Security Policy (CSDP).
The sales are on and after a day's successful shopping spree you return home with bags full of bargains. Now what happens to the plastic bags and wrappers thoughtlessly tossed aside? Out in the ocean floating islands of plastic waste reach hundreds of miles, and plastic bags play heavily among them… Plastics are even reaching people's lungs and dinner tables, with micro-plastics in the air, water and food having an unknown impact on their health and playing havoc with marine life. Tackling the plastics problem is a must.
In June 2016 High Representative Mogherini submitted the "Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy". Now, two years on, on 25 June 2018 the second progress report on its implementation was just published. The report highlights in particular the significant and fast progress that has been achieved in the area of security and defence.
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