VI EUROPEAN UNIONLATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN SUMMIT

II. STRENGTHENING OUR BI-REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP

22. We wel­come the advances made in our Strate­gic Part­ner­ship. We here­by com­mit to fur­ther strength­en­ing this part­ner­ship, with the goals of deep­en­ing polit­i­cal dia­logue and region­al inte­gra­tion, pro­mot­ing social inclu­sion and cohe­sion as well as inten­si­fy­ing bilat­er­al rela­tions between indi­vid­ual coun­tries from both regions.

23. In par­tic­u­lar, we express our sat­is­fac­tion with these devel­op­ments:
– EU-Colom­bia and Peru: con­clu­sion of the nego­ti­a­tion of a Mul­ti-par­ty Trade Agree­ment1;
– EU-Cen­tral Amer­i­ca: con­clu­sion of the nego­ti­a­tions for an Asso­ci­a­tion Agree­ment;
EU- CARIFORUM: renewed region­al polit­i­cal dia­logue, launched on the 23rd of March 2010 in Kingston, Jamaica, and progress towards estab­lish­ing a new Joint EU-Caribbean Strat­e­gy.
– 3rd EU-Brazil Sum­mit with­in the frame­work of the EU-Brazil Strate­gic Part­ner­ship
– 5th EU-Mex­i­co Sum­mit and the adop­tion of a Joint Exec­u­tive Plan, with­in the frame­work of the EU-Mex­i­co Strate­gic Part­ner­ship.
– 4th EU-Chile Sum­mit and Estab­lish­ment of the EU-Chile Asso­ci­a­tion for Devel­op­ment and Inno­va­tion (ADI).

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1 Bolivia has observed this Agree­ment and has pre­sent­ed a claim at the Andean Com­mu­ni­ty Court of Jus­tice.

24. EU-MERCOSUR nego­ti­a­tions: we recall the impor­tance of the nego­ti­a­tions recent­ly re-launched in view of reach­ing an ambi­tious and bal­anced Asso­ci­a­tion Agree­ment between the two regions.

25. We express our sat­is­fac­tion for the deci­sion tak­en by the Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment of Latin Amer­i­ca and the Caribbean to cre­ate the Com­mu­ni­ty of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean States, as the first man­date in the Pres­i­den­tial Dec­la­ra­tion of the “Latin Amer­i­ca and the Caribbean Uni­ty Sum­mit” held in Can­cún on Feb­ru­ary 23rd, 2010. We also express our sup­port to the Boli­var­i­an Repub­lic of Venezuela and to the Repub­lic of Chile in their task to respec­tive­ly orga­nize the Sum­mits of the CALC and of the Rio Group on July 5th, 2011 in Venezuela and in 2012 in Chile with the com­mit­ment aimed to real progress towards con­sol­i­dat­ing the Com­mu­ni­ty of Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean States.

26. We reaf­firm our com­mit­ment to con­tribute at the long term and to the utmost of our capac­i­ty, in the joint efforts under­tak­en in favour of the Hait­ian peo­ple, and for the recov­ery and recon­struc­tion of the coun­try and its insti­tu­tions, in accor­dance with the pri­or­i­ties and most fun­da­men­tal needs of the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of Haiti. We express our belief that the recent nat­ur­al dis­as­ter must be con­vert­ed not only into oppor­tu­ni­ties to “build back bet­ter”, but also to fos­ter over­all eco­nom­ic and social progress, in accor­dance with the country´s Action Plan for Nation­al Recov­ery and Devel­op­ment. In this con­text, we look for­ward to the suc­cess of the San­to Domin­go Con­fer­ence to be held on June, 2nd 2010.

27. We also express our intent to strength­en coop­er­a­tion for the pre­ven­tion and the man­age­ment of the effects of nat­ur­al dis­as­ters. We rec­og­nize the impor­tance of ICT net­works and infra­struc­ture, in nat­ur­al dis­as­ters sit­u­a­tion as instru­ments for the pre­ven­tion and the man­age­ment of nat­ur­al dis­as­ters.

28. Fol­low­ing the com­mit­ments under­tak­en by us in Lima, in 2008, we express our sat­is­fac­tion with the launch on June 30th, 2009, of the EU-LAC Struc­tured and Com­pre­hen­sive Dia­logue on Migra­tion, and sup­port the prin­ci­ples and the full imple­men­ta­tion of its agen­da, as agreed in the doc­u­ment “Basis for struc­tur­ing the EU-LAC dia­logue”, adopt­ed on that occa­sion. Through a mul­ti­di­men­sion­al approach, this Dia­logue is intend­ed to achieve a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the real­i­ties of migra­tion and to pro­mote effec­tive enjoy­ment and pro­tec­tion of human rights for all migrants in both regions, as well as to iden­ti­fy chal­lenges and areas of mutu­al inter­est that require com­mon solu­tions and con­crete result-ori­ent­ed coop­er­a­tion on spe­cif­ic issues, such as those spec­i­fied in our Action Plan.

29. In the con­text of our Dia­logue we should also address mea­sures to com­bat traf­fick­ing in human beings, smug­gling of migrants and in assist­ing the vic­tims. We also express our con­cern for all prac­tices based on intol­er­ance and racial prej­u­dice.

30. The EU-LAC strate­gic part­ner­ship should assume a key role in future cli­mate change and bio­di­ver­si­ty nego­ti­a­tions, and in this regard we have ini­ti­at­ed a EULAC Dia­logue on Cli­mate Change and Envi­ron­ment based on the rel­e­vant com­mit­ments of the “Lima Agen­da for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment: Envi­ron­ment; Cli­mate Change; Ener­gy” as well as on bio­di­ver­si­ty which we aim to accom­plish. With­in the frame­work of the Dia­logue, the impor­tance of advanc­ing in the imple­men­ta­tion of the Lima Agen­da was stressed. We express our polit­i­cal sup­port for explor­ing inno­v­a­tive ini­tia­tives in this respect.

31. We are com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing inte­grat­ed strate­gies as well as pub­lic poli­cies— includ­ing social pro­tec­tion and fis­cal policies—aimed at erad­i­cat­ing pover­ty and reduc­ing inequal­i­ty and social exclu­sion. We encour­age the incor­po­ra­tion of young peo­ple to decent, dig­ni­fied and pro­duc­tive jobs and to ensure edu­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al train­ing sys­tems that respond to the needs of the labour mar­ket, devel­op­ment objec­tives as well as to address and pre­vent long term unem­ploy­ment.

32. We wel­come the active role played by the Euro­pean Eco­nom­ic and Social Com­mit­tee (EESC) and its Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean coun­ter­parts.

33. We shall inten­si­fy our exist­ing bi-region­al coop­er­a­tion to tack­le the world drug prob­lem, in accor­dance with the prin­ci­ple of com­mon and shared respon­si­bil­i­ty. In this con­text we wel­come the Madrid Dec­la­ra­tion adopt­ed at the XII High Lev­el Meet­ing of the LAC-EU Coor­di­na­tion and Coop­er­a­tion Mech­a­nism on Drugs, Madrid, April 26th and 27th, 2010.

34. We wel­come the cre­ation of a new Latin Amer­i­ca Invest­ment Facil­i­ty (LAIF) by the EU, whose main objec­tive is to serve as a lever­age to mobi­lize addi­tion­al financ­ing to sup­port invest­ment in Latin Amer­i­ca, which are to aid the progress in the pri­or­i­ty areas. At the same time, we look for­ward to the cre­ation of the Caribbean Infra­struc­ture Fund. These ini­tia­tives will increase the capac­i­ty to finance projects in key sec­tors in the Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean region.

35. Fur­ther to the ini­tia­tive tak­en at the Lima Sum­mit, we have decid­ed to cre­ate an EU-LAC Foun­da­tion, which Terms of Ref­er­ence we have received. This Foun­da­tion is con­ceived as a use­ful tool for strength­en­ing our bi-region­al part­ner­ship and a means of trig­ger­ing debate on com­mon strate­gies and actions as well as enhanc­ing its vis­i­bil­i­ty. The Senior Offi­cials will adopt the deci­sion on the head­quar­ters of the Foun­da­tion.

36. We note the res­o­lu­tions of the Euro-Latin Amer­i­can Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly (Euro­lat) and invite it to con­tin­ue strength­en­ing its action to the ben­e­fit of both regions.

37. We wel­come the meet­ings and activ­i­ties that took place between the Sum­mits in Lima and Madrid, as well as their con­tri­bu­tions, on issues that are part of the bire­gion­al Agen­da, as well as all ini­tia­tives to fol­low-up our com­mit­ments. We are thank­ful to all EU and LAC coun­tries that have host­ed and sup­port­ed these meet­ings.

38. We seek to achieve con­crete results and greater added val­ue in our bi-region­al dia­logue, extend­ing it to new areas of com­mon inter­est, as set forth in the joint Action Plan that we here­by adopt today. This Action Plan is main­ly aimed at design­ing bi-region­al coop­er­a­tion pro­grammes and ini­tia­tives, includ­ing south­south coop­er­a­tion and tri­an­gu­lar coop­er­a­tion. It includes iden­ti­fy­ing pri­or­i­ty areas in which to work in the future, includ­ing sec­tors such as sci­ence, research, inno­va­tion and tech­nol­o­gy; sus­tain­able devel­op­ment; envi­ron­ment; cli­mate change; bio­di­ver­si­ty ; ener­gy; region­al inte­gra­tion and inter­con­nec­tiv­i­ty to pro­mote social inclu­sion and cohe­sion; migra­tion; edu­ca­tion and employ­ment to pro­mote social inclu­sion and cohe­sion; the world drug prob­lem.

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