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Jul 25, 2023

The 2023 Summit between the Latin American Community and the European Union Parliament


Roberto Diaz reports (twitter: @RRomanen/ @Dieresis_u). The third meeting between the Latin American Community and the European Union Parliament was held in Brussels on the 17th and 18th of July 2023. It was an historic occasion to bring together European, Latin American and Caribbean leaders to renew and strengthen relations between the two regions after almost a decade of absence of bi-regional dialogue at the highest political level. EU-LAC Foundation


 After eight years of postponing this meeting because of the isolationist perspective of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. The meeting began in an international landscape filled with uncertainty because of the war in Ukraine, the economical skepticism around the US dollar, the global economy, and the shift in global production chains.


The principal topics discussed in this meeting were released by the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metzola. The leaders discussed a broad range of issues to bolster their partnership including: enhanced cooperation for global peace, ecology, human rights protections, secure trade, justice and security for citizens, and investment efforts to combat climate change.



In June, a month prior to the meeting, Spain's President Pedro Sanchez invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to assist the Zelac European Union summit as a special guest. Unfortunately, President Zelensky replied  days later that his invitation was rejected by some Latin American leaders. The countries that were more inclined to be the ones guilty of him not coming were Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba. But there are also other suspicions about Mexico because of its government efforts to try to establish a peace treaty between Russia and Ukraine. Brazil played the diplomatic equilibrium between its economical allies, the West, the Eastern side of the globe, and of course Bolivia that is looking for Chinese investment and also Russian military support into the development of its army. On July 4th the proposed script for the Brussels meeting which contained about 40 points was approved by both sides. What's interesting is that all the points that were proposed by the European Union about the war of Ukraine were rejected from the final script. 


Duration: 12:24          Recorded: 2023-07-22


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