Latin America


The Commission provides support to Latin American countries through the Development Co-operation Instrument (DCI), which came into force in January 2007.  


The main priorities for co-operation with the region are fostering social cohesion and strengthening regional integration. The development co-operation with Latin America is organised as follows:

  • With the countires, through bilateral co-operation agreements.
  • With the sub-regions, which are: Central America, the Andean Community and Mercosur.
  • With the region as a whole through regional programmes.


The priorities for EU-Latin American co-operation have been defined in the summits which took place in Rio (1999), Madrid (2002), Guadalajara (2004), Vienna (2006) and Lima (2008). These priorities are:

  • The fight against poverty and social inequality;
  • The consolidation of good governance and the promotion of peace;
  • Economic co-operation, trade development and support for regional integration.


More information


ECRAAL - European Centre for Research in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Rond Point Schuman 6, 1040 Brussels - Scotland House
Tel: +32 2 282 84 16