Multilateralism and Bi-Regional Association

Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union have strong relations and share a common history, universal values and political interests. In the CELAC-EU Ministerial Declaration (Brussels, 2018) both regions have committed themselves to jointly address current international circumstances and new global challenges, and to further strengthen multilateralism.

However, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the commitment of both regions to a rules-based international order is put to the test. In this changing world order, it is important to strengthen the bi-regional partnership in order to boost its influence and protect shared values. In this new context, the construction of a better multilateralism is a concern that is emerging strongly, with important partners working on these issues, both from the governmental and academic spheres. This moment is presented as an opportunity to review the advantages and potential of the EU-LAC bi-regional strategic partnership to reposition multilateralism as the viable architecture, from a perspective of shared values, problems and solutions.

In this regard, the Foundation has set the medium-term goal to formulate proposals on opportunities, ways and instruments to enhance the bi-regional partnership in the field of Covid- 19 and in particular on issues related to multilateralism, trade and economic relations and bi- regional agendas to address emerging global challenges. The achievement of this goal implies reaching the following milestones on an annual basis:

  • Identification of issues shared by European, Latin American and Caribbean multilateral intergovernmental organisations that work with bi-regional agendas (2021);
  • Joint production of documents on elements of common strategy of international intergovernmental Euro-Latin American and Caribbean organisations (2022);
  • Generation of joint policies on Euro-Latin American and Caribbean multilateralism (2023).