Welcome to the official website of the European Union Delegation to Brazil. I invite you to visit our site frequently in order to get updated information on our numerous activities in Brazil, as well as familiarize yourselves with the EU's overall objectives and priorities.
The European Union is a unique economic and political partnership between 27 European countries. It has delivered half a century of peace, stability, and prosperity, helped raise living standards, launched a single European currency, and is progressively building a single Europe-wide market in which people, goods, services, and capital move among Member States as freely as within one country.
The EU and Brazil have much in common; they share democratic values and respect for liberties and human rights. They also share values important to the world, such as the preservation of peace and promotion of sustainable development. They both agree that an effective and rule-based multilateralism is the only way to address current global governance challenges, and to preserve the stability, peace and progress of the world.
The establishment of the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership in 2007 represented a qualitative leap in our relations. Before agreeing on this partnership, the relations between the EU and Brazil had a rather narrow focus, notably trade relations and agriculture. Since 2007, annual summit meetings and numerous political and technical visits at the highest level have been held, as well as a high-level political dialogue and extensive exchanges of information and know-how in various domains. During these last years, over 20 bilateral dialogues have been initiated, in areas as varied as climate change, financial services, science and technology, human rights and education.
On 4 October 2011, the 5th EU-Brazil Summit agreed to further deepen bilateral cooperation and dialogues, establishing a new common plan of action for the next three years. As Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy have stated: "our Partnership goes well beyond the bilateral agenda, (..), we need now to move from strategic partnership to strategic global action".
It is with this vision in mind that I took up my mission at the EU Delegation in Brazil, hoping that the consolidation of our Partnership with Brazil will help to bring more freedom, security and prosperity to our respective peoples and to the world. At the heart of the European Union politics are the people and I would like to further enhance the cultural and social basis for the EU - Brazil relationship. I believe that our website will bring the European Union closer to the Brazilian public. I hope that you will find the information on this website interesting and useful, and that you will become our frequent visitor.
Ana Paula Zacarias
Head of Delegation