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EU INCREASES INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS COOPERATION WITH LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

The European Commission has today announced €118 million of new support for Latin America and the Caribbean, to increase EU investment and business cooperation in the region.

The announcement was made at the European Union (EU) - Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) Business Summit. Commissioner Mimica, responsible for International Cooperation and Development, said:"Today's event is an opportunity for businesses from both sides of the Atlantic to come together, share ideas and strengthen ties. The new programmes signed today will help to further strengthen inclusive growth for European and Latin American societies." Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said: "Business creates the jobs and growth we need, on both sides of the Atlantic. SMEs have a lot to gain from internationalisation. This event can help build and strengthen partnerships and extend value chains connecting our continents." Several new programmes announced today will be implemented through blending facilities (financial mechanisms combining grants and loans). They promote additional investment and key infrastructure in the transport, energy and environment sectors, and support the social and private sector's development in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Some examples of the projects announced in the framework of today's event include:

• An investment grant of €15 million for the Geothermal Development Facility Latin America which focuses on the development of geothermal energy in Latin America.

• A contribution for an energy project for the Eastern Caribbean (€4.25 million of EU grant funding). This project is gives technical assistance and invests in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

• The 5th phase of the Al-Invest programme (with total funding of €26 million) that facilitates access to international markets for Latin American small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  >>Ler mais

 

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