Santiago, 7 May 2022 (TDI): An EU delegation led by the Deputy Secretary-General for Global Affairs of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Helena König, visited Chile to discuss the Chile-EU association agreement.
The visit aimed to strengthen the EU-Chile partnership by modernizing the Association Agreement. The delegation held a meeting with the Undersecretary of Foreign Relations, Ximena Fuentes. Likewise, they addressed the political and cooperation area of the Association Agreement.
The EU delegation included the Head of South America of the SEAE, Veronique Lorenzo; the Head of the Unit for Latin America of the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission, Paolo Garzotti; the Deputy Head of Unit for America of the General Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission Giulio, Menato, and the Head of Unit for Latin America of the General Directorate of International Associations of the European Commission, Jorge de la Caballería.
Moreover, the EU delegation also met with the Undersecretary of International Economic Relations, José Miguel Ahumada. They discussed ways to advance ties between Chile and the EU in the areas of economics and commerce.
Hoy la Ministra (S) @xfuentes presidió, junto con el Subsec @jmahumadaf, la reunión final de trabajo con el equipo negociador de la UE que viajó a Chile, dirigido por Helena König, Secretaria General Adjunta de @eu_eeas, para la Modernización del Acuerdo de Asociación 🇨🇱🇪🇺 pic.twitter.com/yz7pyWpHoo
— Cancillería Chile 🇨🇱 (@Minrel_Chile) May 6, 2022
Furthermore, the EU delegation held a meeting with the Chilean Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Marcela Rios. They discussed how the European Union and Chile can deepen their relationship and cooperation on justice and human rights. In addition, Helena König underscored the shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and human rights that are central to the EU-Chile relationship.
The relations between Chile and the European Union began in 1964 when the European Community established its Office for Latin America in Santiago. Afterward, in 2002, Chile and the European Union the Association Agreement. This agreement covered and institutionalized the relations in the areas of political dialogue, trade relations, and cooperation. See More
Moreover, as of 2020, the EU was Chile’s third-largest trade partner, comprising 12% of Chile’s total trade. The two countries have good political, economic, and people-to-people ties. See More