EUBrasil Association emphasized during the XXII Forum Brazil-Europe organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation that Brazil and the European Union need to work together to increase trade and investment opportunities in both regions. The event was held on 17/03 at the Brazilian Congress, in Brasilia, with the participation of 25 European and Brazilian speakers and 200 delegates.
“The strategic partnership between the EU and Brazil is our ability to face the global challenges together”, said Ambassador Ana Paula Zacarias, head of the EU Delegation in Brazil, at the opening. She highlighted that the XXII Forum Brazil-Europe marks the beginning of the agenda of bilateral dialogues this year, which includes a meeting of the EU-Brazil Joint Committee, a series of dialogues on education, drugs, human rights and information society, as well a visit to Brazil by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, scheduled for May, and the VIII Brazil-EU Summit, in the second half of the year.
Felix Dane, representing the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Brazil, stressed the importance of good relations between countries. “The States are not sovereign anymore because the economy is now interconnected. We cannot think of isolated countries anymore”.
“Brazil is seen abroad as a very important global player”, said the member of European Parliament Paulo Rangel, who is president of the Delegation for Relations with Brazil. He added: “Brasil has grown not only economically but has grown with improvements in human rights and social development. This is the main difference between Brazil and the other BRIC countries and Brasil has the potential to influence developing countries for its experience”.
The Brazilian parliamentarian Eduardo Barbosa, president of the Parliamentary Group Brazil-UE, said that “Brazil and EU reached one of the highest points in the history of their political, economic and trade relations, but these have not yet reached their full potential”.
Economy and Environment
Enrico Ponzone, EUBrasil’s Director for European Affairs, also stressed the importance of the partnership between Brazil and EU, during the debate on economy and environment. “However, the private sector needs to have better representation in Brussels, where there is only the presence of traditional institutions”, he said.
Ponzone reminded that regulations are the main barrier for business between the bloc and Brazil and said that “through dialogues, Brazil is able to advance agendas and important themes, such as in the agribusiness”. He commented on the cooperation on environmental issues, especially in relation to renewable energy, saying that this could be an incentive to increase use of etanol in the EU.
Eduardo Viola, a Political scientist at University of Brasilia, also participated in the debate on economy and environment. He pointed out that although Brazil has advanced greatly in the implementation of policies related to low-carbon since 2009, the current government could put more efforts in this area. “Brazil would be able to present a great proposal and I believe that eventually we will converge with the EU in relation to the environmental policies, but not at this time”.
The XXII Forum Brazil-Europe organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, in cooperation with the Brazilian Parliamentary Group for EU-Brazil Relations, the Delegation of the European Union to Brazil, the University of Brasília, and with support of EUBrasil and InfoRel.