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V4–Latin America and the Caribbean States: New Partners?

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.16, pp.1-9.
Abstract: 
In a crisis-hit and multipolar world, non-traditional partners have started to partner up. For the V4 and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) states, renewed interest in the economic sphere has not translated yet into an expansion of bilateral relations in other areas. To intensify cooperation, the V4 countries could think on increasing political dialogue with specific countries (e.g., Brazil, Mexico) or subregional groupings (e.g., Mercosur or the Pacific Alliance) and invest more in “track-two” diplomacy, which is generally a low-cost but high-return investment. The prospects for further intensification of relations suggest the dynamically developing LAC countries are potentially interesting partners for political, economic and scientific cooperation for members of the V4.

Unused Potential of an EU–LAC Partnership

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.59, pp.1-3.
Abstract: 
On 10–11 June 2015, the EU–Latin American and Caribbean States summit will be held in Brussels. It will be an occasion to enliven the bi-regional dialogue that due to the eurozone crisis and the growing presence of China in the Americas, among other reasons, has been latent of late. Poland and the rest of the EU have a chance to strengthen cooperation with this region. The first steps toward this goal should be to complete negotiations of the EU–Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement and to sign new trade agreements (with Mercosur) and update existing ones (with Chile and Mexico

Trade :

The Undervalued Driver of Regional Integration in Latin America
Publisher: 
GIGA
City: 
Hamburg
Volume, number, page: 
n.5 , pp.1-10.
Abstract: 
Many regional organisations in Latin America are currently in crisis. Trade agreements, however, have made progress in the region. Today, 80 per cent of intra-regional trade is already under preferences. In March 2017 several international financial organisations – the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) – each independently proposed the creation of a Latin American and Caribbean free trade area

The Local Government Dimension of Relations between Poland and Latin America

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.91, pp.1-2
Considered Countries: 
Abstract: 
Poland’s interest in Latin America has been increasing in recent years, mainly in economic terms. Yet local government remains an underestimated tool in advancing these relations. Greater activity by Polish local authorities could help in developing business and academic ties with the region, and allow the exchange of experience in fields such as urban development and revitalisation. Geographical distance, lack of knowledge and financial constraints are the main reasons for Polish local authorities’ low interest in Latin America so far.

The Importance to Poland of Latin American Regional Cooperation Initiatives

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.127, pp.1-2
Abstract: 
Regional cooperation initiatives are one of Latin American countries’ main policy tools. They have served to foster the development of member states, build common trust, and strengthen their international position. For Poland, the significance of some of the groupings mainly results from their status as EU partners. The main blocs are Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance—both include Poland’s main trading partners in the region—as well as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which represents the whole region in strategic partnership with the EU.

The Importance of the Peace Process for Colombia’s International Position

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.21, pp.1-2.
Abstract: 
The peace process with the largest guerrilla groups in Colombia is one of the main challenges in its domestic politics. It also has become an important tool to strengthen the country’s international status and ties with foreign partners, which support the process. In this group, the UN plays a prominent role through verification of the peace talks and the results. Since it is a regular issue on the UN Security Council (UNSC) agenda, it provides Poland, a non-permanent member, the opportunity to enhance the Polish-Colombian political dialogue and makes it more attractive as a European partner for Latin American countries.

The EU and Latin America:

Political and Economic Trends in Times of Global Uncertainty
Publisher: 
IAI
City: 
Rome
Volume, number, page: 
n.14, pp.1-9.
Considered Countries: 
Abstract: 
The conference “Managing Multiple Crises in Times of Global Uncertainty: the EU and Latin America in comparison”, was organized on 16 April 2018. It brought together experts, academics and journalists from both Europe and Latin America to discuss the multifaceted crises that have recently been affecting the countries of the two regions, in order to define a roadmap for closer regional cooperation. Both Latin America and the European Union have been hit hard by the global financial crisis and its social consequences, and both have witnessed the rise of populist forces triggered by social discontent – albeit in various forms and with different agendas. The complex and multidimensional nature of the current global context offers considerable scope for stronger EU–Latin America cooperation and for common political ground

The EU and Colombia :

Climate partnership beyond aid and trade
Publisher: 
Clingendael
City: 
The Hague
Volume, number, page: 
6 p.
Considered Countries: 
Abstract: 
In the international climate negotiations, the EU and Colombia are seen as good friends. In this policy brief, we discuss the reasons why the EU cooperates on climate change with fossil-rich and post- conflict Colombia. We pose the question of whether this cooperation stretches beyond diplomatic cooperation in the context of climate negotiations. To what extent do EU trade and aid policies and the EU’s climate agenda contribute to a coherent partnership with Colombia?

The development of relationships in science, technology, research and innovation in health between the EU and LAC countries:

a promising future
Publisher: 
Icict
City: 
Rio de Janeiro
Volume, number, page: 
8:1, pp.32-42.
Considered Countries: 
Abstract: 
This paper presents the evolution of the dialogue between European Union and Latin American and Caribbean countries with regard to Science and Technology cooperation, especially in health. We begin with a historical overview and a periodization of the history of relations between these two regions referred by a system of Summits that strengthened and supported the political dialogue. Then, we identify existing instruments for EU-LAC relations in science and technology and the main areas of cooperation and – from this perspective – we analyzed the state of cooperation between the regions. Finally, we discuss the perspectives and next steps toward future relations between EU and LAC countries in science, technology, research and innovation in health. In the end of the paper we present the projections for the forthcoming EU-LAC cooperation in science and technology in health that are being worked in the EU-LAC Health initiative. Today the bi-regional relationship calls for mutual benefits and it is expected that the strategic partnership will add value to both regions.

The application of international environmental law principles in Latin America:

a world apart from the EU?
Publisher: 
Academy of European Law
City: 
Trier
Volume, number, page: 
17: 4, pp.501-520
Abstract: 
This paper presents a comparative discussion of the application of principles of international environmental law in the Latin American region and the European Union. The question we seek to answer is how (international) environmental principles are employed by Supreme Courts in Latin America, with a brief comparison with the approach by the European Court of Justice. This research presents an illustrative sample of Court of Justice cases and Supreme Court cases in Latin American countries to create an overview of different principles and approaches in practice. We construct a database and an illustrative sample of cases related to the environment since the Rio Declaration of 1992. This sample shows a wide range of principles of and approaches to environmental law in Latin America. Preliminary findings point to strong harmonization in the application of the principle of public participation and participation of indigenous groups in development projects. However, other principles, such as participation by women, are not widely disseminated or regularly deployed in arguments in court or in rulings. Others international environmental principles such as the precautionary principle, the polluter pays principle and the principle of sustainable development are also part of our analysis. This paper concludes that the application of environmental law principles in the regions needs to be integrated and strengthened.

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