The Organization of American States and the European Union tomorrow, December 17, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the European Commission and the General Secretariat of the OAS.
This agreement will contribute to create a framework for the development of dialogue and cooperation in areas of common interest within Latin America and the Caribbean. Specifically, the overlapping priorities established by both sides include the protection of human rights, the advancement of integral development, the strengthening of democracy and other issues of transnational relevance.
Working principles arising from this agreement touch on the development of formal and regular bilateral consultative meetings on policy issues between the two organizations; engagement in ongoing consultations and reciprocal sharing of information regarding especially the EU-LAC Summits and the OAS General Assembly; and finally exchanges of experiences and best practices.
The agreement is an important milestone of political will for increased cooperation between the OAS and the European Union, and an opening for potential contractual relations as well as for identifying specific opportunities for collaboration between the two sides.
The European Union has been a Permanent Observer to the OAS since 1989 and has been the fourth highest contributing Permanent Observer to the Organization over the past two years, providing more than US$2.5 million in 2008 and 2009. Support in past years has focused mainly in the areas of reducing illegal drug consumption and trafficking, the protection of human rights and demining activities.
What: OAS and European Union sign Memorandum of Understanding
Where: 17th Street and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20006
When: December 17, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Irene Klinger
Director, Department of International Affairs
Organization of American States
Telephone: (202) 458-6072