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Let’s revitalize the partnership between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean

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European and Latin American heads of state and government meet in Brussels (Belgium) in June 2015.Agency Anadolu (Getty Images)

The European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean are natural partners who share common values, as I was able to confirm during my trip to Ecuador and Panama in June. We share a common history, culture, languages ​​and strong business relationships. In March, at the United Nations General Assembly, we jointly condemned Russia’s unjustified attack on Ukraine.

Both Europe and Latin America have suffered great damage from the Covid-19 pandemic and now we are suffering the consequences of Russian aggression with rising food and energy prices and inflation. . These negative impacts need to be addressed together, as partners who share values.

The Spanish Presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2023 will provide an important impetus for the association between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean

The Spanish Presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2023 will be an important impetus for the association between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The new strategy of the European Union Global Gateway (Global Gateway in Spanish) is based on international rules and pursues sustainability from a social, economic and ecological perspective. Therefore, it must be the framework to further develop our association with Latin America and the Caribbean. Through this initiative, we will promote sustainable and green connections and investments in digital, energy and transport, and strengthen health, education and research systems. It is also a key player in the G7 Partnership on Global Infrastructure and Investments (PGII) announced at the end of June.

During my visit to the region in June, I launched Global Gateway with major projects, such as celebrating the arrival of the BELLA fiber optic cable in Ecuador, connecting Europe and Latin America. BELLA represents our shared desire to have a human-centric digital infrastructure that offers a range of new opportunities for individuals and businesses.

On the other hand, the initiative Green hydrogen in Chile Team Europe is focused on creating green and decent jobs, developing human capital and decarbonizing the economy.

Through Global Gateway, we will promote sustainable and green connections and investments in digital, energy and transport, and strengthen health, education and research systems

After my visit, I am convinced that the EU is a reliable partner for the region when it comes to fighting inequalities, promoting new social packages, forging social cohesion and promoting democracy. We are building on the success of our program EUROsocial+ to advance equality and inclusion.

This also includes the transformation of the education systems. More EU funding for education will enable young people to have quality education, notably through better teacher training.

Building on the lessons of the pandemic, the European Commission, together with Spain, has unveiled an initiative to support efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean to boost local manufacturing of healthcare products and strengthen healthcare systems.

These initiatives are examples of how our regions benefit from even closer cooperation. Together we can promote sustainable prosperity based on social cohesion that leaves no one behind.

Our next step is important. Together we must now lay the foundation for the renewal of our partnership. This includes a joint engagement at all levels, the participation of youth, civil society and the private sector, as well as setting common goals that we intend to formalize at an EU-LAC Summit in 2023, a great opportunity to bring together the leaders of the European Union Union and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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