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EU-CELAC Summit 2023 will reinvigorate the bi-regional partnership

On June 2015 leaders from the EU and the Latin American and Caribbean Countries met for the EU-CELAC summit in Brussels to discuss ways to deepen their ties and forge a partnership for the next generation.

After more than 8 years of absence of bi-regional dialogue at the highest political level, Heads of State & Government of the European Union and the Community of Latin American & the Caribbean States (CELAC) will gather in Brussels on 17 and 18 July 2023 for the EU-CELAC Summit. The Summit will be co-chaired by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel and Prime Minister of St. Vincent & Grenadines, Ralph E. Gonsalves.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines holds the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Community of Latin American and the Caribbean States (CELAC) for 2023.

The EU-CELAC summit will see the participation of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and Heads of State and Government of the 33 CELAC Member States and the 27 EU Member States.

This Summit is a key political milestone to reinvigorate the bi-regional partnership.

The EU-CELAC Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers in Buenos Aires on 27 October 2022 relaunched high-level political dialogue between the two regions and endorsed a bi-regional Roadmap as a tangible sign of a forward-looking and positive agenda.

On 7 June, the EU published a New Agenda for Relations with Latin America & the Caribbean (adopted by the European Commission as a Joint Communication with the HRVP to the Council and the European Parliament), laying out its proposal for a renewed strategic partnership with LAC ahead of the Summit.

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