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HRVP in EP Plenary on 29 April 2021 on COVID-19 in Latin America

COVID-19 in Latin America: Speech on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP debate

Thank you President, Honourable Members,

On behalf of [High Representative/Vice-President Josep] Borrell, I welcome this very important debate on the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Latin America and indeed in your contributions to this debate you have outlined the very difficult, indeed harrowing situation on the ground, the lives lost and the rapid spread of infection.

This debate is also a recognition of the strategic importance of Latin America to the European Union. Indeed the priorities that you have identified are in line with those that guide our actions: social inclusion, the fight against inequalities, sustainable economic recovery, governance, security, migration, and regional integration, including of course the green and the digital transformations.

The Commission and the External Action services are working intensively to formulate the European Union's cooperation with the Americas region for the coming period 2021-2027. The areas that I just mentioned are those that will be covered by our programming. There is an increased awareness of the importance of all our transatlantic relations. But there is still much that needs to be done. Not only do we need to tackle poverty; we also need to build prosperity. We need to help ensure that every voice can be heard, including especially those of women, girls, and indigenous peoples. This year 2021 is a critically important year to deliver.


HRVP in EP Plenary on 19 January 2021 on Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean: Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP debate

Thank you Ms President, dear Members of the European Parliament,

At the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in October, European Union Ministers and I agreed that our relations with Latin America and the Caribbean have not been high enough on our political agenda and that we should change this -not just by saying it, but through concrete action.

The first was the ministerial conference that the German Presidency hosted in Berlin on the 14th of December, which I had the honour to chair and which I think was a great success. Forty-nine Foreign Ministers from the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean participated in Berlin, together with leading partners like the European Investment Bank, the EU-LAC Foundation and the Ibero-American General Secretariat.

The European Parliament also played an important role. The Chairs of the European Parliament's Committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET), on International Trade (INTA) and on Development (DEVE), as well as the Chairs of the Euro-Latin American Parliament Assembly (EuroLat) and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assemblies, were also invited to participate as observers.


Blog of the HRVP of 20 December 2020 on EU-LAC and the transatlantic partnership

Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. The other transatlantic partnership

20/12/2020 - HR/VP video blog - Latin America & the Caribbean is a part of the world with which we have great political, historical and cultural affinity, and with which we are united by very important institutional and economic ties. HR/VP Josep Borrell explained us why this partnership matters so much to the EU.

Well, we have been in Berlin discussing about Latin America. We had a big meeting with all the Latin American Ministers. It's time to talk about Latin America and put it more on the radar and on the agenda of the European Union.

What was the objective of the EU-Latin America and Caribbean Informal Ministerial Meeting?

It's been five years since there was a summit between Europe and Latin America. This is an anomaly in the relations between Europeans and that part of the world with which we have very close political, historical and cultural affinity and with which we are linked by very important institutional and economic ties. That is why this ministerial meeting was particularly important to mark a point of reunion and to open up ways of improving our cooperation and our political dialogue.


Blog del AR/VP del 15 de diciembre de 2020 sobre Latinoamérica y el Caribe

Latinoamérica y el Caribe, un socio fundamental para la Unión Europea

15/12/2020 - Blog del AR/VP - Ayer, 14 de diciembre tuvo lugar una reunión informal de Ministros de Exteriores de la UE, América Latina y el Caribe a iniciativa de la Presidencia Alemana. Se trató de una reunión muy esperada y oportuna, para dar el reconocimiento que la Unión Europea debe dar a nuestra "otra" relación transatlántica.

Aunque pude desplazarme a Berlín para presidir esta reunión, junto al ministro de Exteriores alemán Heiko Maas, la reunión se celebró en formato virtual. Nos centramos en dos temas clave: la acción conjunta para paliar el impacto del Coronavirus y la recuperación a medio y largo plazo, con dos objetivos fundamentales: la transición ecológica y la transición digital.


EEAS Joint Communiqué of 14 December 2020 on EU-LAC Informal Ministerial Meeting

Joint Communiqué: EU27 - Latin America and Caribbean Informal Ministerial Meeting

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the countries of the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) today met in an informal Ministerial Meeting. This meeting was hosted by the Foreign Minister of Germany, Heiko Maas, for the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission (HR/VP), Josep Borrell Fontelles in Berlin. Due to the restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, all other 48 participating Foreign Ministers joined the meeting online in a virtual format.


HRVP on 14 December 2020 on press conference of EU-LAC Informal Ministerial Meeting

EU-LAC: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the joint press conference ahead of the informal Ministerial meeting

Thank you Heiko [Maas, German Foreign Affairs Minister],

Hola Felipe [Sola, Argentinian Foreign Affairs Minister],

Thank you to all of you,

Good afternoon,

[Today] we are going to meet with the Foreign [Affairs] Ministers from Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. Even if we do that virtually, it is [a] very important [meeting].

And I want to thank you, Heiko [Maas], for making this possible. The fact that we can meet here, in Berlin, with our colleagues from Latin America and the Caribbean speaks a lot about your personal investment in building stronger ties with the region. I thank you a lot for pushing for it, because it is very important for Europe to push Latin America higher on the agenda.

If you allow me, Heiko [Mass], since I am unable to continue in German, I will do that in Spanish.


Blog of the HRVP of 19 October 2020 on EU-Latin America transatlantic relationship

Latin America-Europe: the 'other' transatlantic relationship

18/10/2020 - HR/VP blog - At our last Foreign Affairs Council, we took stock of our relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at a time when this region is going through a dramatic crisis because of COVID-19. This was also much needed because the region has lately not been high enough on our agenda: we must reverse this trend.

Our partnership with Latin America contains a paradox: despite having much in common, our interactions remain well below their potential. With Latin America, we share indeed languages, culture, history and religion... An important part of the Latin American population are descendants of Europeans migrants from 16th to the 20th centuries who left in search of a new 'promised land'. Buenos Aires or Santiago look like European cities. From many points of view, we are the most like-minded people in the world.


EEAS Statement of 26 September 2019 on EU and Pacific Alliance deepening partnership

The European Union and Pacific Alliance commit to deepening their partnership

Today, in New York City, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and the Council of Ministers of the Pacific Alliance composed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, signed a Joint Declaration, in which they agreed to deepen the partnership between the two regional blocs.

High Representative Mogherini said at the occasion: "The European Union is committed to strengthening its political, economic and cooperation ties with the Pacific Alliance. The Alliance is a driver of regional integration in Latin America, with whom we have a solid friendship and we share fundamental values, a strong belief in multilateralism and a joint commitment in promoting the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals".

Council Declaration of 17 July 2018 following the second EU-CELAC ministerial meeting



1. We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States(CELAC) and the European Union (EU), and the High Representative of the European Union forForeign Affairs and Security Policy met in Brussels, Belgium the 16th and 17th July 2018, at thesecond stand-alone Ministerial meeting under the theme "Building bridges and strengthening ourpartnership to face global challenges". Reaffirming our common acquis as developed throughprevious Summits and Ministerial declarations and taking into account the recommendationsemanating from the assessment of the programmes and actions adopted by the Summits, we wishto underline the following joint views and commitments. [...]

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).