The Lima Summit: A Meeting of Euro-Latin America Asymmetry

Publication Name
Análisis del Real Instituto Elcano (ARI)
Volume, number, page
58/2008
Year of Publication
2008
Author(s)
MAIHOLD Günther
Organization Name
Real Instituto Elcano
Publisher
Real Instituto Elcano
City
Madrid
Country of Publication
Spain
Full Date
July 8, 2008
Category
Academic articles
Theme
BIREGIONAL RELATIONS UE - LAC
Summits
Keyword(s)
European Union
Latin America
International Relations
Economic Relations
Regional Integration
Andean Community
Negotiations
Abstract
The fifth edition of the LAC-EU Summit did not manage to escape the
contradictions present at the previous meetings, although this time the Latin American
and Caribbean Presidents clearly articulated their desire to receive a European response
to the increasing heterogeneity in Latin America within a framework of fundamental
asymmetry in the bi-regional relationship. Although no agreement was ratified in this
regard, the theme did mark the Lima Summit, which focused on sustainable development
and social progress. However, these issues also reflected the asymmetries between the
parties, who will have to work on this before the next Summit in Spain in 2010. There, the
recommendations of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat) will be
on the table. These recommendations point to a global inter-regional association to relaunch
the Euro-Latin American Summits after a period of some stagnation in terms of
operations and proposals.