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EU security cooperation with Latin America :

A priority requiring consolidation
City: 
Brussels
Volume, number, page: 
12 p.
Considered Countries: 
Abstract: 
Although security cooperation is not yet a well-consolidated priority for the EU in its relations with Latin America, it has acquired increasing importance with the explicit inclusion of citizen security as a new priority area in the 2015 EU-CELAC action plan. The main current areas of EU security-related cooperation with the region are the fight against drugs; violence prevention; conflict resolution in Colombia, with an EU stake in its peace process; and the participation of some Latin American countries in EU crisis-management operations in the framework of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy. This is achieved through trans-regional, regional, sub-regional and bilateral programmes and projects, as well as through the conclusion of framework agreements with certain Latin American countries. The European Parliament is particularly involved in promoting security cooperation with the region, as evidenced by its support for a Euro-Latin American Charter for Peace and Security, in the framework of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, and the adoption of specific resolutions on the subject.

EU development cooperation with Latin America

Publisher: 
European Parliament
City: 
Bruselas
Volume, number, page: 
12 p.
Abstract: 
EU development cooperation with Latin America is mainly conducted through the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) and its different geographical (regional, sub-regional and bilateral) and thematic programmes. Nevertheless, the 2014-2020 programming period has brought about the introduction of a new blending financial instrument for the region, the Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF), which combines EU grants with other resources. It has also seen the transition of most Latin American countries ...

An agenda for domination

Latin America's Free Trade Agreements with the European Union
Publisher: 
GRAIN
City: 
Barcelona
Category: 
Considered Countries: 
Abstract: 
The European Union is promoting “association agreements” or “co-operation
agreements” with Latin American countries. These agreements appear
weaker and more flexible than the equivalent agreements that the USA is
signing with countries in the region. But behind this affable facade the EU
is tough: it is insisting that the countries agree to extend periodically what
has been agreed and to undertake an undefined number of legal,
administrative, economic, technical and social reforms, the objective of
which is to grant European countries ever more favourable conditions in all
aspects of national life.
This amounts to a new Conquest (as the 1492 European “discovery” of
the Americas is often referred to). It will lead to transantional corporations
taking control over communications, water, the banking system, oil,
biodiversity, all kinds of raw materials and fishing, as well as being able to
use Latin American countries as bases for exports. Eventually European
companies will take the place of state companies and be responsible for
establishing norms, certification and patents. Tariff barriers, taxes,
phytosanitary standards, quality controls and any other regulation seen as a
barrier to the expansion of European companies and their trade will be swept
away.
If these agreements are negotiated in secret and their implementation
becomes the responsibility of the executive branch of government, civil
society and the parliaments of the countries involved will not be allowed to
protest or to investigate properly what is going on.
It is hoped that this briefing will promote discussion about what is
happening and help Latin American society to stand up to the new European
invasion.
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