Minister Murphy – “EU and CELAC will work together on international issues”12 June 2015
The Minister of State for European Affairs, Mr Dara Murphy, TD, today joined leaders from the European Union and from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Brussels, for discussions on how to tackle international issues such as peacekeeping, development, human rights, and illegal drug trafficking.
The meeting took place on the second day of the Summit of Heads of State and Government from the 28 EU and 33 CELAC countries. The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, attended the first day of the Summit yesterday, where discussion focussed on building the bi-regional partnership and working together in the UN and other multilateral fora. The overall purpose of the Summit is to reinforce the EU-CELAC relationship on the theme of "Shaping our common future: working for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens".
Speaking after today’s meeting, Minister Murphy said:
“Head of State and Government of the 28 EU countries and the 33 CELAC countries met this week to discuss how our two regions, with a combined population of over a billion people, can work together to tackle the serious issues facing the world, particularly tackling global poverty and climate change, and promoting sustainable development and human rights.
“The relationship between Europe and the Latin America and Caribbean region is built on historic ties and a like-minded attitude to tackling global issues, and this Summit is an opportunity to build on that partnership.
“Ireland places great importance in developing relations with the CELAC region, through the EU and also bilaterally, and we have growing cultural and economic links with the region. The Irish diaspora in Latin America is very significant, the result of a historic connection which goes back several centuries. Our trade with the region is over €3bn, and we are working to grow this trade still further.”
11 June 2015