European Union regional cooperation with Latin America and the Caribbean

Volume, number, page
2 p.
Year of Publication
2015
Author(s)
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Organization Name
European Commission
Publisher
European Commission
City
Brussels
Country of Publication
Belgium
Full Date
2015
ISBN or ISSN
978-92-79-46031-9
Category
Official Documents
Theme
Subregion - European Union
BIREGIONAL RELATIONS UE - LAC
Agreements
Association Agreeements
Government
Academic
Civil Society
Cultural
Keyword(s)
Interregional Cooperation
European Union
Latin America
Caribbean
Development Policy
Development policy cooperation
Climate change policy
Higher education
Cultural Co-operation
Financial instruments
Development aid
Foreign aid policy
Financial foreign aid
Foreign and development aid
Abstract
The EU has over 20 years of experience of regional cooperation with Latin America. Regional programmes have been the main tool to strengthen links between countries within the region, promote sub-regional integration, and foster bi-regional cooperation. 18 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela) can take part in the regional programmes, under the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI). Europe has strong historic and cultural ties with the Caribbean region, and a long tradition of close cooperation. The EU’s relations with Caribbean countries are based on political relations, trade and development funding at both national and regional levels. The Africa, Caribbean and Pacifi c (ACP) - EU Cotonou Agreement signed in 2000 by 15 Caribbean nations, is the framework for cooperation. It is complemented by the 2008 Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with CARIFORUM (the Forum of the Caribbean Group of ACP) and the 2012 Joint Caribbean EU Partnership Strategy. The Caribbean region represents the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. The region also includes 17 territories with direct links to EU Member States (four French ‘outermost regions’; and thirteen ‘overseas territories’– six British, six Dutch and one French territory).
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