The Spanish EU Presidency views the Latin America and Caribbean summit in Madrid next week as a “golden opportunity” to better relations between the two regions at a global level.
The official website of the Spanish EU Presidency considers Tuesday’s summit “one of the central points on the Spanish Presidency’s agenda,” given that Madrid has actively promoted its relationship with Latin America and that Spain is the “natural bridge” between the two regions.
Spain believes “the moment has come to give the bi-regional relations new depth, so they can be more intense, more useful and able to respond to international circumstances.”
The presidency hopes that the meeting will “end with an ambitious final declaration, with the creation of a foundation to enable civil society to participate in the construction of bi-regional relations, and with the approval of an action plan, which will be the first to be adopted at a EU-LAC summit.”
“This action plan includes co-operation in five areas: science, technology and innovation; the environment, climate change and energy; regional integration and cohesion; education and employment and the battle against drugs,” the website statement says.
The final declaration of the summit, titled “innovation and technology for sustainable development and social inclusion”, will stress that the regions are “partners in tackling global challenges”, such as overcoming the economic crisis and building a new global financial structure.
Four sub-regional summits will also be held in Madrid, starting on Monday with the EU-CARIFORUM (Caribbean Forum) and the summit with Mercosur, a Latin American trading bloc which groups Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.
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