The EU – CELAC Summit

January 21, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-01-21


Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice- President of the Commission will visit Peru and Chile this week and begin bilateral negotiations with leaders of Latin American countries.On occasion of the EU-CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Summit in Santiago de Chile.



In Lima on 22 January, the High Representative will meet with Peruvian President Ollanta HumalaTasso and Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo. She will also participate in a EUROPAN child nutrition programme event with First Lady Nadine Heredia.

In Santiago, the High Representative will meet with a number of Foreign Ministers from Latin American and Caribbean states including Chilean Minister for Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno. She will also address the joint EU-Latin America Parliamentary Assembly (EUROLAT) and meet representatives of Chilean civil society. On 25 January she will co-chair the EU-CELAC Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting under the theme “Working together towards growth and stability”.

The EU-CELAC Summit is being hosted by Chile on 26-27 January under the theme “Alliance for Sustainable Development: Promoting Investments of Social and Environmental Quality”. The EU will be represented by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. European Commission Vice-President responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani and Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht will also participate (see links to separate press release and factsheet below).

Speaking ahead of her participation in the EU-CELAC summit and Ministerial meeting in Santiago, Catherine Ashton said: “The EU’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, founded in a common history and culture and inspired by shared values, are as strong as they have ever been. The expansion of human and economic exchanges has strengthened further the bonds between our societies. I look forward to the Santiago summit as an opportunity to underline that we share common values such as democracy and human rights, but also that we share global responsibilities- for example, working together to deal with challenges such as security and climate change. We increasingly share common approaches on these critical issues.”

The summit in Santiago will be the seventh since the inaugural EU-LAC summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1999 and the first summit with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States as the EU’s counterpart.


Press release and factsheet on EU-CELAC summit
The EU and Peru:
The EU and Chile:
The EU’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean:
EUROPAN programme factsheet and info on EU projects in Peru


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