The political, economic and cultural links between the EU and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States are many and established. It is worth noting that the EU has more association agreements with this region than with any other in the world, having signed comprehensive agreements with CARIFORUM, the Central American countries, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, and is working towards a conclusion of negotiations with MERCOSUR. This close relationship is significant, specially understood in the context of a multipolar world where the geopolitical balance created after the World War II is changing, offering to the EU a unique opportunity to rethink and strengthen their strategic ties.

This new geopolitical scenario, together with the Digital Revolution, will have significant effects on the development of Latin America and the Caribbean, considering trade, migration and technological channels. These aspects represent common opportunities and challenges for both societies and economies. The EU-CELAC Economic Forum will explore those policies that will contribute to further engagement between both regions.
It is hoped that this new annual forum on EU-CELAC matters will feed into future regional Summits.

Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, President of the Elcano Royal Institute, and Ángel Badillo, senior analyst, among others, will participate in this event.

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 8.30am-2:45pm. Bruegel, rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Programme and registration at Bruegel website.