Towards San Salvador: where Europe meets Latin America

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Series Details No.15, May 2017
Publication Date 23/05/2017
ISSN 2315-1129
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In the run-up to the bi-regional EU-CELAC summit in El Salvador in October 2017, there was talk of a unique opportunity to boost this relationship, due to a rapidly shifting international context. The change of administration in the US, the leading partner for both regions, had triggered a sense of urgency and underlined the need to strengthen political and economic ties.

Successive EU-LAC summit declarations have stressed the commonality of values now under question (multilateralism, peaceful resolution of disputes, democracy and human rights). Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, had already identified Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) as a priority region, and she has intensified her visits there in 2017. But, what sort of partner will the EU encounter in San Salvador this autumn?

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EU: EEAS: Latin America and the Carribean
EU: EEAS: EU-CELAC relations
ESO: Background information: Latin America and Caribbean: EU prepares for the CELAC-EU ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting

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