The EU's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • 25/02/2015
    Invitation to an off-the-record press briefing on the EU's third round of negotiations for an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (4-5 March) Invitation to an off-the-record press briefing on the EU's third round of negotiations for an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (4-5 March) 02/25/2015 12:42:30 02/25/2015 12:42:30 02/25/2015 12:42:30 02/01/2017 12:42:30 2015022512 090126248e880224 N 090126248e880224 /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_en.htm 3652 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150225_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Invitation to an off-the-record press briefing on the EU's third round of negotiations for an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (4-5 March)
  • 24/02/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and the situation in Venezuela Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and the situation in Venezuela <p>The recent arrest and detention of Caracas Mayor and veteran opposition leader Antonio Ledezma is a source of alarm, as are reports of alleged intimidation and mistreatment of other imprisoned opposition leaders and students who participated in last year's protests.</p> 02/24/2015 10:26:54 02/24/2015 10:26:54 02/24/2015 10:26:54 02/12/2016 10:26:54 2015022410 090126248e8623d7 N 090126248e8623d7 /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_es.htm 4742 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_en.htm 3 /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_es.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150224_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma and the situation in Venezuela
  • 28/01/2015
    Speech of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the CELAC Summit Speech of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the CELAC Summit 01/28/2015 20:13:53 01/28/2015 20:13:53 01/28/2015 20:13:53 01/04/2017 20:13:53 2015012820 090126248e2eed86 N 090126248e2eed86 /statements-eeas/2015/150128_04_en.htm 18670 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150128_04_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150128_04_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150128_04_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Speech of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the CELAC Summit

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The European Union 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 – regional (the first EU-Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States summit  was held in Santiago, Chile in January 2013), sub regional (Central America, the Caribbean , Andean Community and Mercosur) and, increasingly, at bilateral level.

Summits of the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) leaders take place biennially, the last one was held in Santiago , Chile, in January 2013, and the next one will take place in Brussels in 2015. 

HRVP Catherine Ashton has said: "The EU is following with interest the dynamics of Latin America and I believe we need to find even more ambitious ways of working together."

 

EU-CELAC -A Strategic Partnership for the 21st century

Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), launched in 2010, is a regional mechanism for political dialogue and cooperation encompassing for the first time all 33 LAC countries. It merged the Rio Group (political consultation forum) and CALC (“Cumbres América Latina y Caribe” – internal LAC Summits). From now on CELAC will be the EU's counterpart for the bi-regional partnership process, including at summit level.  

Apart from the biennial summits and regular Senior Officials’ Meetings, the EU and CELAC are pursuing a number of specific thematic dialogues and initiatives including:   

 

Latest European Union High Level visits to the region

EU-CELAC Leaflet pdf - 823 KB [823 KB] español (es) français (fr) português (pt)

For more information on the EU policy towards the region: