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Summit EU - LAC

Summit EU - LAC
by European Commisson
Date: 16.05.2008
Venue: Peru
Policy area: General Affairs and External Relations
Type of event: Third Country Meetings

The EU-LAC Summit, held every two years alternately in Europe and Latin America, is one of the largest events of Slovenia's EU Presidency involving third countries; it will be attended by 60 heads of state or government from both regions. The venue of this year’s 5th Summit, co-chaired by Slovenia and Peru, is Lima, the capital of Peru. This event is aimed at strengthening strategic partnership between the two regions, based on mutual respect, common values, and economic, political, cultural, historical and human ties. Slovenia will thus strive for the summit to make a step forward in strengthening economic cooperation, with a view to increasing trade between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Lima Summit will tackle two areas of common interest: poverty, inequality and inclusion as part of the social dimension, and sustainable development: climate change; environment; energy as part of the environmental dimension. Social inequality is a global problem, posing a serious challenge to societies, and countries adopt different approaches to this issue. Slovenia advocates improving the quality of primary and vocational education as an indispensable means in the fight against poverty, as well as promoting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, which can increase employment rates in Latin America and the Caribbean. Slovenia and the European Union also attach considerable importance to the adaptation to climate change, which affects every individual and the world as a whole.


Media Programme  84 KB.

Additional Information on EU-LAC Summit  143 KB.

Summit EU – Central America - Joint Communiqué   121 KB.

Summit EU – Mercosur - Joint Communiqué  108 KB.

Summit EU – Mexico - Joint Communiqué  132 KB.

Summit EU – Cariforum - Joint Communiqué  177 KB.

Lima declaration  195 KB.

Summit EU – Chile - Joint Communiqué  120 KB.

Press Releases:

First ever meeting of environment ministers from EU and Latin America and Caribbean countries held in Brussels .

Information on the 5th Summit between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean, 16 May 2008.

Slovenian Premier Janez Janša at the Fifth EU-LAC Summit in Lima.

Foreign Ministers Reach an Agreement on Final Declaration.

Plenary session of Foreign Ministers at Fifth EU-LAC Summit opened by Slovenian Dimitrij Rupel.

Economic growth is the most powerful weapon in the fight against poverty, says Prime Minister Janez Janša.

Major steps forward taken against poverty and climate change, says PM Janez Janša.

Together we have the resources and the knowledge to find effective, sustainable and equitable responses to the challenges of the twenty-first century, declares Prime Minister Janez Janša.

LAC countries are the EU’s allies in combating climate change, says Premier Janez Janša.

Background Information:

Background information for EU - LAC Summit  97 KB.

Photo Archive:

Summit EU - LAC: before the Summit.

Summit EU - LAC.

Summit EU - LAC: Meetings with subregional groups (Mercosur, Andean Community, Central America and Cariforum), Chile and Mexico.

Speeches, Interviews:

Address of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and President of the European Council Janez Janša at the Opening of the EU-LAC Summit.

Address of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and President of the European Council Janez Janša at the 2nd EU-LAC Business Summit.

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Date: 23.05.2008