A New Agenda for Relations between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean

Today, the High Representative and the European Commission have adopted a Joint Communication setting out a New Agenda for Relations between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean. It proposes a stronger and modernised strategic partnership, through reinforced political engagement, boosting trade and investment, and building more sustainable, fair and inter-connected societies through Global Gateway investments.

President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Today, the EU–LAC strategic partnership is more important than ever. We are key allies to strengthen the rules-based international order, stand up together for democracy, human rights and international peace and security. We also have an interest in strengthening our political partnership and engagement, fight climate change and to take forward an inclusive, human-centred digital transformation. Our Global Gateway will also boost investment and
closer cooperation.”

Launched ahead of the EU-CELAC Summit to be held in Brussels on 17 and 18 July, the Communication aims to recalibrate and renew bi-regional relations. It makes a series of proposals in key areas:

  • A renewed political partnership;
  • Strengthening common trade agenda;
  • Rolling out Global Gateway investment strategy to accelerate a fair green and digital transition and tackle inequalities;
  • Joining forces for justice, citizen security and the fight against transnational organised crime;
  • Working together to promote peace and security, democracy, rule of law, human rights and humanitarian aid;
  • Building a vibrant people-to-people partnership.

Access the communication in the attachment.