Seventh EU-Lat Am Summit in Chile in 2012
This is the second of the seven mini-summits to be held in Madrid until May 19, whose main gathering will be the May 18 among 60 EU-LAC leaders (27 Europeans and 33 Latin Americans and Caribbean).
The situation in Chile after the February 27 earthquake, the economic crisis, and the strengthening of the accord existing between the EU and Chile, will be issues to analyze in the event, according to reports.
Two mini-summits will also take place today, one with the Cariforum, assembling the Caribbean nations, and a second with the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), the custom union made up of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.
The Madrid exhibition center, where foreign ministers from both regions are also meeting today, will hold on Tuesday a gathering at a level of heads of State and Government.
France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy will travel tomorrow to Madrid to attend the plenary session of the event.
The Twenty-seven expect to sign free trade agreements with Peru and Colombia, and possibly with Central America, as well as to re-launch stagnated negotiations with the Mercosur.
The presidents will examine possible joint policies in so diverse fields as climate change, immigrations and the struggle against the organized crime and drug trafficking.
The Peoples’ Summit “Linking Alternatives IV,” taking place in the Complutense University of Madrid since Friday and claiming the role of social movements faced with capitalism, will run parallel to the EU-LAC forum.