III EU-CELAC Summit 2023

The third EU-CELAC Summit of Heads of State and Government was held in Brussels on 17-18 July 2023. It was a historic occasion to bring together European, Latin American and Caribbean leaders to renew and strengthen relations between the two regions after almost a decade of absence of bi-regional dialogue at the highest political level. The summit was held under the theme "Renewing the bi-regional partnership to strengthen peace and sustainable development".

In preparation for the third EU-CELAC Summit, the EU-LAC International Foundation organised different thematic EU-LAC Fora, which aim to bring together relevant societal actors, policy-makers and institutions to discuss challenges and opportunities for the EU-LAC strategic partnership. With this series of initiatives, the EU-LAC Foundation strives to advance a multi-faceted dialogue on the potential of a reinvigorated bi-regional relationship.



EU-LAC Road to the Summit

Dr Adrián Bonilla
Executive Director, EU-LAC International Foundation
"The summit is an opportunity to renew the strategic partnership after eight years of not having this kind of meeting. In the face of new global scenarios, it provides a space for deliberation, exchange of ideas and consensus building on common interests between the leaders of both regions."
Josep Borrell
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission
"This summit is taking place in a key year for EU-CELAC relations. It has been almost 10 years since we held a summit. We are sending a powerful political signal to the world and showing our desire for greater coordination between the European and Ibero-American spaces, which will allow us to mutually reinforce each other in the world in which we live."
Dr.The Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves
Prime Minister, St Vincent and the Grenadines
"The upcoming CELAC-EU Summit has the potential to contribute leadership, and more, to addressing these intractable global challenges which impact all our 60 countries in the CELAC-EU nexus, and to tackle our own specific troubling concerns. The world is watching us; so, too, emphatically are the peoples in our America and Europe. We must not disappoint them."

History of EU-CELAC Summits

Buenos Aires 2022

Buenos Aires (2022)

The latest EU-CELAC Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held on 27 October 2022, with the aim of resuming a forward-looking, substantive and positive agenda to strengthen the strategic partnership. The post-pandemic economic recovery, the fight against climate change, cooperation on human rights, among others, were addressed.

Brussels 2018

Brussels (2018)

The EU-CELAC Foreign Ministers' Meeting took place on 16th-17th July 2018, under the theme "Building bridges and strengthening our partnership to face global challenges". This meeting addressed the consolidation of multilateralism, respect for rules, economic integration and sustainability. It also reviewed the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the 2019 Global Drug Policy, the Global Compact on Migration and the 2030 Agenda.

Santo Domingo 2016

Santo Domingo (2016)

On 25th-26th October 2016, an EU-CELAC Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held. This meeting marked an important milestone in the strategic partnership with the signing of the Constitutive Agreement establishing the EU-LAC International Foundation formally as an international intergovernmental organisation.

Brussels 2015

Brussels (2015)

On 10th-11th June 2015, the II EU-CELAC Summit was held in the framework of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Heads of State and Government of both regions approved the proposed EU-CELAC Action Plan.

Santiago 2013

Santiago (2013)

It was held as the I EU-CELAC Summit, with the participation for the first time of the Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean as part of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which was created in 2011. Celebrated on 26th-27th January 2013, it culminated in the adoption of the CELAC-EU Action Plan 2013-2015.

Madrid 2010

Madrid (2010)

At the VI EU-LAC Summit, held on 18th May 2010, the Heads of State and Government of both regions formally decided to create the EU-LAC Foundation as a useful instrument to strengthen the bi-regional partnership, coordinate actions and give greater visibility to their relations. The Foundation started its activities in November 2011 in Hamburg, Germany, where it is currently based.

Lima 2008

Lima (2008)

The V EU-LAC Summit, held on 16th May 2018, aimed to renew the strategic partnership process, raising issues such as sustainable development, energy and climate change. In this framework, the concept of the "EU-LAC Foundation" was conceived to strengthen the bi-regional partnership and to increase its visibility.


Vienna (2006)

Celebrated on 12th May 2006, the IV EU-LAC Summit focused on deepening existing ties and the inclusion of issues such as development cooperation and financing. The objectives were to achieve a Euro-Latin American Free Trade Area and to create a Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat).


Guadalajara (2004)

On 28th-29th May 2004, the III EU-LAC Summit took place and contributed to the dialogue on reducing inequalities and improving levels of social cohesion by proposing the creation of the EUROsociAL programme. For the first time, ten Eastern European states participated in this summit as new members of the EU.


Madrid (2002)

In order to make progress on the commitments made in Rio (1999), the II EU-LAC Summit took place on 17 May 2022, with the aim of deepening the links between the two regions in the political, economic, cultural, educational, social, technological, social and environmental fields.


Rio de Janeiro (1999)

The I Summit between the Heads of State and Government of Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union (EU-LAC) was held on 28th-29th June 1999. Its objective was to strengthen the historical, political, cultural, economic and social ties between the two regions with a view to forming a strategic partnership.