President Lula and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in a meeting at the Planalto Palace. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert

President Lula (PT) will hold meetings with progressive and bilateral leaders with representatives of other countries, in the third summit between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) and the European Union. The meetings will take place in Brussels, Belgium, between the 17th and 18th of July.

The Brazilian chief executive left Recife early today and should arrive in Europe around 4 pm local time (11 am in Brasilia time). The main subjects that will be discussed are economic rapprochement, the environment, social inclusion, post-pandemic economic recovery, energy transition, migration, reform of the international financial architecture and the fight against organized crime. This is the first meeting between Celac and the EU since 2015.

Lula will also participate in a meeting between countries with progressive governments in both regions, such as Germany, Portugal, Argentina and Chile. Representations of the 33 countries of Celac and the 27 of the European Union will be in Brussels. This is the president’s fourteenth trip abroad since he took office, with a greater presence in South America and Europe.

President Lula in the official photo of the 7th CELAC meeting, in January, in Argentina. Photo: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters
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