The Minister will hold meetings with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, with the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso.
Among the bilateral affairs in the agenda is the follow-up on the Action Plan of the Brazil-EU Strategic Partnership, with proposals for joint action in the 2009-2011 period in areas such as the promotion of peace and security; economic, social and environmental partnership; cooperation in science, technology and innovation; regional and triangular cooperation to benefit developing countries; cultural and education exchanges; and strengthening the relationship between civil societies. When meeting with European officials, Minister Patriota will also address the 5th Brazil-EU Summit, to be held in Brussels, in the second half of 2011, the negotiations towards an Association Agreement between Mercosur and the European Union, among other affairs.
The qualitative leap in the political domain, with the establishment of the Brazil-EU Strategic Partnership, in 2007, is backed by the economic and commercial ties between the parties. The European Union is the main Brazilian trade partner, with over US$ 74 billion in exchanges in 2010. The EU member states are also responsible for nearly half of the stock of direct foreign investment in Brazil.