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Brussels, 19 December 2008

EU and Brazil hold their second summit and endorse Road Map for the Strategic Partnership

The EU and Brazil will hold their second Summit on 22nd December in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The EU will be represented by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the President of the Commission José Manuel Durao Barroso. The event will be hosted by Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The Summit will be the occasion for the three leaders to exchange their views on global and regional issues of common interest. The international financial and economic crisis will be a central topic. Other important topics will include climate change, energy, multilateralism and the political situation in the South Cone. The principal deliverable of the Summit will be a Joint Action Plan that sets out the political priorities and actions of the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership

President Barroso said: "The unfolding of the financial crisis and Brazil’s proactive role in the G20 has proven yet again the importance to engage with emerging economies like Brazil. Brazil is part of the solution to some of today’s key global challenges like climate change and sustainable energy. The Summit in Rio will allow us to discus how we can take these important issues forward and how to better work together to ensure an effective multilateral system.

Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said: "The Joint Action Plan that the EU and Brazil will endorse in Rio de Janeiro is a road map that mirrors the ambition of our relationship and most importantly will allow us to develop concrete activities together in a wide range of areas, from education, culture, to human rights, and regulatory issues. I believe that this Action Plan will be instrumental to ensure that our Strategic Partnership works for the full benefit of our peoples."

The EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership sets a new level of ambition in the EU relation with Brazil, especially at the uppermost political high level and through its emphasis on international cooperation. At the same time it builds on already existing bilateral relationship, deepening and extending it, in areas such as science, technology and innovation, trade and investment, regional policy, social and employment issues, migrations, etc.

The main pillars of the Joint Action Plan are:

  • Promotion of peace and comprehensive security through effective multilateralism.
  • Enhance the Economic, Social and Environmental Partnership to promote sustainable development.
  • Promote regional cooperation.
  • Promote science, technology and innovation.
  • Promoting People-to-People and cultural exchanges.

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