The EU's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • 18/12/2014
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement by the FARC of a unilateral ceasefire for an undefined period Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement by the FARC of a unilateral ceasefire for an undefined period <p>The announcement by the FARC yesterday of an indefinite unilateral ceasefire is a welcome development.</p> 12/18/2014 15:05:07 12/18/2014 15:05:07 12/18/2014 15:05:07 12/06/2015 15:05:07 2014121815 090126248dc325e1 N 090126248dc325e1 /statements-eeas/2014/141218_03_en.htm 9797 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141218_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141218_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141218_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement by the FARC of a unilateral ceasefire for an undefined period
  • 30/11/2014
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the release of Brigadier General Alzate and two other persons detained by the FARC Statement by the Spokesperson on the release of Brigadier General Alzate and two other persons detained by the FARC <p>The release by the FARC of Brigadier General Alzate and of two other detainees is a welcome development and should allow for the early resumption of the negotiations between the Government of Colombia and the FARC in Havana.</p> 11/30/2014 00:00:00 11/30/2014 00:00:00 11/30/2014 00:00:00 11/06/2016 00:00:00 2014113000 090126248d8c4837 N 090126248d8c4837 /statements-eeas/2014/141130_01_en.htm 10678 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141130_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141130_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141130_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141130_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the release of Brigadier General Alzate and two other persons detained by the FARC
  • 20/11/2014
    The EU strengthens regional cooperation with Latin America The EU strengthens regional cooperation with Latin America 11/20/2014 12:03:30 11/20/2014 12:03:30 11/20/2014 12:03:30 11/08/2015 12:03:30 2014112012 090126248d752636 N 090126248d752636 /statements-eeas/2014/141120_01_en.htm 14069 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141120_01_en.htm 4 /statements-eeas/2014/141120_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141120_01_es.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141120_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141120_01_pt.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141120_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    The EU strengthens regional cooperation with Latin America

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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: