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1st EU-CELAC (7th EU-LAC) Summit 2013 in Santiago de Chile - Summary


The European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean have enjoyed privileged relations since the first bi-regional Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1999, which established a strategic partnership. Ever since, head of states meet at a bi-annual basis to confirm this relationship and look forward to new challenges. The "Community of Latin American and Carribean States – CELAC" is the new expression of coherence of the region, official since December 2011. 
The 2013 Summit had the timely motto: "Alliance for a sustainable development: Investment for economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability"  ("Alianza para un Desarrollo Sustentable: Promoviendo Inversiones de Calidad Social y Ambiental"). 
The final EU-CELAC Action Plan 2013-2015, based on the Madrid Declaration, emphasises the need for collaboration at various levels, amongst them science, research, innovation and technology; sustainable development; environment; climate change; biodiversity; energy; or Investments and entrepreneurship for sustainable development. 
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The Summit was preceded by specialised events and summits that made the whole week a series of events, conferences, work shops and round tables.