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CELAC Summits and earlier EU-LAC Summits

The regional summit between the EU and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean states (CELAC) bring together European, Latin American and Caribbean leaders to strengthen relations between both regions. These summits are the main forums for dialogue and cooperation between Europe, and Latin American and Caribbean states.

These summit meetings represent an extension of the EU-Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) summits that had been held since 1999. In 2010, at the summit held in Mexico, 33 LAC countries decided to merge the Rio Group and the CALC (Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean on Development and Cooperation) into one forum: the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).