Sat. Jun 25th, 2022

Brussels, 14 June 2022

On Tuesday, Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, embarked on a three-day mission to Latin America to strengthen the EU’s partnership with Panama and Ecuador and roll out the Global Gateway.

The Global Gateway is the EU’s new strategy to invest in smart, clean and secure infrastructure in digital, energy and transport sectors, and strengthen health, education and research systems across the world to tackle inequalities and put the Sustainable Development Goals back on track.

The Commissioner’s mission will be an opportunity to reinforce our strong cooperation with both partner countries, and address recent geopolitical developments and their impacts.

Commissioner Urpilainen will launch concrete initiatives to support just green and digital transitions, as well as the multiannual indicative programming for Ecuador.

In Panama City, on Tuesday 14 June, Commissioner Urpilainen will visit the EU-Panama Partnership Fair, which will showcase programmes and initiatives conducted in the country. In the evening, she will attend a high-level dinner hosted by Panamanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Erika Mouynes.

On Wednesday 15 June, Commissioner Urpilainen will be in Quito, Ecuador, where she will meet President Guillermo Lasso and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Juan Carlos Holguín. She will inaugurate the arrival of the BELLA-T cable and officially open the Centre for European Studies at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. On Thursday 16 June, she will launch the Team Europe Initiative ‘Inclusive and open Economy in support of the ecological transition’ and visit the EU and Team Europe supported programmes to promote social cohesion, including assistance to Human Rights Defenders, Venezuelan refugees, and representatives of the LGBTQI+ community.

You can find the regional multiannual indicative programming for the Americas and the Caribbean for 2021-2027 here. 

Source – EU Commission