The EU and Brazil have enjoyed an ever-closer relationship embodied in the Strategic Partnership, established in July 2007. In this context, they will meet at the highest level on the occasion of the 6th EU-Brazil Summit, which will be held in Brasilia on 24 January 2013. The Strategic Partnership has been generating a steady diversification of the EU-Brazil relationship marked by a substantive intensification of high-level political exchanges and the establishment of some 30 dialogue areas. The 6th Summit will provide the occasion to reinforce the already solid ties between the two strategic partners.
Leaders will discuss wide range of topics: international peace and security, including disarmament and non-proliferation, the international financial and economic situation and the G20 process, international trade and the Doha Development Agenda, climate change and the outcomes of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, energy issues, Mercosur and the on-going negotiations for an EU-Mercosur Association Agreement as well as the EU-CELAC summit in Santiago de Chile on 26-27 January. Leaders will also exchange views on the political situation in the Middle East, in North Africa and in Western Africa. Besides, they will take stock of progress in the implementing the strategic partnership, specifically bilateral cooperation in fields such as science, technology and innovation, education, and human rights.
President Van Rompuy noted: "The EU and Brazil are close partners and share a profound commitment to democratic values, effective multilateralism, and the rule of law. We share the vision of a world based on international justice and greater social equity. Together, the EU and Brazil can be a force for good in the international community. The open and frank dialogue that lies at the heart of our friendship is therefore highly valuable. I look forward to discussing with President Rousseff effective cooperation with Brazil on core issues, such as global economic and financial governance, climate change and human rights as well as current foreign policy issues."
President Barroso stated: "The unique ties connecting the EU and Brazil underpin an intense and wide-ranging strategic partnership that has been growing and deepening over the years. In an increasingly complex and interdependent world, we should seize these affinities and commonalities in driving forward the global agenda. I am convinced that the EU and Brazil can show the way in promoting stronger multilateral governance, preserving the global common goods, implementing G-20 commitments, keeping open trade, and creating the basis for sustainable and socially inclusive global growth. Based on our common values we will keep working with Brazil towards reaching these shared goals, building bridges and reducing differences."
At the Summit the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the hosting of 100 Brazilian researchers at the EU's Joint Research Centre under the Brazilian "Science without Borders" mobility scheme.
The EU will be represented by the President of the Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Brazil will be represented by the President, Dilma Rousseff; she will be accompanied by Minister of External Relations, Antonio Patriota, and other Ministers.