Ricardo Patiño is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador. This translation is the responsibility of the EU-LAC Foundation.
The II EU-CELAC Summit will mark a milestone in the history of our strategic partnership: It will mean the beginning of a deep reflection over the future of bi-regional relations according to present realities and priorities on both regions. In order for new ideas, initiatives and guidelines for the construction of new bi-regional relations to emerge, this exercise, must be led by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Chiefs of State themselves.
For these reasons Ecuador, holding the CELAC´s Pro Tempore Presidency, expressed the EU the need to evaluate the current progress of the bi-regional relations and the results of the Action Plan in order to set the future of our bonds.
This initiative was very well received by the EU, that not agreed on the Ministers of Foreign Affairs to meet during the period of the Summits to evaluate the processes, but presented the project “A Partnership for the Next Generation” that will be approved on the Brussels´ Summit in June 2015. (read paper)