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Report on the EP recommendation on negotiations on modernisation of the EU-Chile AA

Negotiations on the modernisation of the EU-Chile Association Agreement
European Parliament recommendation of 13 June 2018 to the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the negotiations on the modernisation of the EU-Chile Association Agreement (2018/2018(INI))

Modernisation of the trade pillar of the EU-Chile Association Agreement (2017)

The European Parliament adopted by 488 votes to 67, with 83 abstentions, a recommendation from the European Parliament to the Council, the Commission and the European External Action Service on the negotiations on the modernisation of the trade pillar of the EU-Chile Association Agreement.

The current association agreement, concluded in 2002, has been greatly beneficial to both parties since it entered into force in 2003, having doubled trade in goods and contributed to increasing trade in services and investment.

Parliament called on the EU and Chile to conclude a modern and ambitious trade agreement. This agreement should include a number of areas for fostering shared growth, equal opportunities, decent jobs and sustainable development, including the respect and promotion of labour and environmental standards and animal welfare and gender equality for the benefit of the citizens on both sides.

Defining a new development cooperation with Latin America

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The European Parliament adopted by 640 votes to 17 with 33 abstentions a resolution on defining a new development cooperation with Latin America.

Parliament recalls that the region is part of the group of middle-income countries that have achieved notable successes in reducing poverty -- from 44% to 33% in a single decade. Nevertheless, one in three Latin Americans still live below the poverty line, and 10 countries in the region remain among the 15 most unequal countries in the world.

Against this background, Parliament stresses the need to enhance coordination between the European Union and Latin America in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly the actions aiming at combating poverty, at job creation and at the social inclusion of marginalised groups.

Members encourage the Commission to undertake a broad and deep reflection on the current development model, and to draw lessons from the past decades, with the aim of alleviating poverty and inequality.

EU's trade relations with Latin-America

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The European Parliament adopted by 414 votes to 76, with 23 abstentions, a resolution on the European Union's trade relations with Latin America.

The resolution recalls that the EU has strengthened its economic and trade relations with Latin America, becoming its second most important trading partner and the leading trading partner for MERCOSUR and Chile.

Parliament stresses that trade policy can play a decisive and positive role in creating wealth, enhancing economic and political relations between peoples and countries, ensuring peace and addressing development, environmental and social objectives.

Parliament notes that the aim of closer integration of the European and Latin American economic spheres should create more and better jobs in both regions and must support the aim of more resource-efficient and greener economies.

Parliament believes that, in order to draw greater benefit from their trade relations and appropriately distribute the gains from trade among their populations.

Aspects of air services

The European Parliament adopted a resolution drafted by Paolo COSTA (ALDE, IT) and approved the conclusion of the EC-Chile Agreement on certain aspects of air service.

EU strategy for relations with Latin America

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The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the EU strategy for relations with Latin America.

Parliament welcomed the Commission communication 'The European Union and Latin America: Global Players in Partnership'.

It also welcomes the efforts of the Spanish presidency to secure the signing of the EU-Central America Association Agreement and the multi-party trade agreements with Colombia and Peru, as well as its clear commitment to re-launching negotiations between the EU and Mercosur.

Members stress that support for the various regional integration processes in Latin America is a basic principle for the biregional strategic partnership, and they reaffirm that the ultimate goal of the EU-Latin America biregional strategic partnership is the creation of a Euro-Latin American global interregional partnership area, by, approximately, 2015, in the areas of politics, economics, trade and social and cultural affairs, intended to ensure sustainable development in both regions.

Scientific and technological cooperation agreement

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The European Parliament adopted a resolution drafted by Carlos WESTENDORP Y CABEZA (PES, Spain) approving the conclusion of the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the EC and Chile.

Among other things, the Agreement provides for:
  • participation of Chilean research and technological development entities in RTD projects of the framework programme and reciprocal participation of research and technological development entities established in the Community in Chilean projects in similar sectors
  • pooling RTD projects already implemented
  • joint RTD projects, especially those relating to scientific and technological foresight
  • visits and exchanges of scientists and technical experts
  • jointly organising seminars, conferences, symposia and workshops
  • scientific networks and training researchers
  • concerted action for the dissemination of results/exchanges
  • exchanging and sharing equipment and materials
  • exchanging information on relevant practices, laws, regulations and programmes.

Association Agreement

The European Parliament adopted a resolution drafted by Jose Ignacio SALAFRANCA SANCHEZ-NEYRA (EPP-ED, Spain) and gave its assent to the conclusion of the EC-Chile Association Agreement.

The Association Agreeement was concluded between the European Community and its Member States of the one part, and the Republic of Chile, of the other part.