Missions for Growth in America
Vice President Antonio Tajani visited Central and South American countries (Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Colombia, Peru) to renew and ensure a strong political relation with the EU and strengthen the co-operation in strategic fields, such as industrial innovation, raw materials, standards and market integration, SMEs, space, sustainable construction and tourism during 2011, 2012 and 2013.
South America and European Union have genuine interest in increasing bilateral trade and investment in mutually beneficial relation to boost growth and create jobs.
After many year since a European Commissioner has been on mission in Chile on 09 June 2011, Vice President Tajani gave the clear political sign on the importance of the economics and business relations between the European Commission and Chile.
Minister of Finance Felipe Larraín, President Sebastián Piñera,
Antonio Tajani, Foreign Affairs Minister Alfredo Moreno
Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister and Antonio Tajani at the IV Cumbre Empresarial CELAC-UE
Documents signed in June 2011:
- Industrial cooperation [415 KB]
- Cooperation in space [498 KB]
- Cooperation in standardisation [394 KB]
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- SME policy [417 KB]
- Tourism [417 KB]
On 25 January 2013, Vice President Tajani opened the "IV Cumbre Empresarial CELAC-UE" (Business Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States – European Union) together with the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland Eamon Gilmore, the President of the Chilean Confederation of Production and Trade (CPC) Lorenzo Constans, the President of CEOE Juan Rossell and the President of Eurochambres Alessandro Barberis. This Business Summit is an international event that takes place every two years, bringing together almost 300 business and political leaders with the aim of enhancing business relations between the businesses of Latin American and the Caribbean and those of the EU.
Vice President Tajani met with Chile's Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno Charme, with Chile's Minister for Economy, Trade and Tourism Pablo Longueira Montes and with Chile's Minister of Mining Hernan De Solminihac Tampier. These meetings deepened the implementation of the SME development [417 KB] , industrial cooperation [415 KB] , standardisation [394 KB] , [334 KB] , tourism [415 KB] and space [498 KB] . Vice President Tajani also focused on encouraging the promotion of clusters and networks to boost SME internationalisation.Vice President Tajani signed in June 2011 with the Chilean authorities on
Pablo Longueira, Chilean Minister for Economy and Antonio Tajani
On 26 January 2013, in Santiago de Chile, Vice President Tajani met with Costa Rica's Minister of Economy Mayi Antillón Guerrero and with the Minister Finances Edgar Ayales
He also met with the President of the Inter-American Bank for Development (IADB) Luis Alberto Moreno.
On 16 December 2011 Vice President Tajani met the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff and signed three important agreements to enhance cooperation in the field of small and medium-sized enterprises, promote technology clusters and exchanges of young professionals between the two sides of the Atlantic. In this visit VP Tajani was accompanied by 25 European CEOs from all main industrial sectors.
Antonio Tajani with Dilma Roussef, President of Brazil
Documents signed in October 2011:
Documents signed in December 2011:
- Young professionals [519 KB]
- SMEs, innovation, competitiveness and clusters initiatives [154 KB]
- Industrial innovation [175 KB]
During his visit to Argentina on 17 December 2011, Vice President Tajani discussed with President Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner, the Minister of Industry Debora Giorgi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, Héctor Marcos Timerman measures to strengthen political and economic relations between the EU and Argentina, focusing in strategic sectors such as industrial innovation, raw materials, standards and integration of markets, SMEs, space and tourism. Minister Giorgi and VP Tajani signed agreements on small and medium enterprises, industrial cooperation and raw materials.
Antonio Tajani with Hernán Lorenzino,
Argentine Minister for Economy
Documents signed in November 2011:
Documents signed in December 2011:
On 20 December 2011, Vice President Tajani represented the European Commission at the annual Summit of the Mercosur countries in Montevideo, Uruguay. During the visit, he also met with President of Uruguay José Mujica Cordano, Minister for Tourism and Sports Héctor Lescano, and Minister for Industry, Energy and Mining Roberto Kreimerman and signed important agreements in areas of industrial cooperation, SMEs, raw materials, standardization and tourism.
Antonio Tajani meets Jose' Mujica, President of Uruguay
Documents signed in December 2011:
- Industrial cooperation [255 KB]
- Raw materials [266 KB]
- SME policy [258 KB]
- Cooperation in standardisation [258 KB]
- Tourism [282 KB]
On 14 and 15 May 2012, during a two-day Mission for Growth to Mexico, Vice-President Tajani met with several members of the Mexican Government, notably the Minister of Economy, Bruno Ferrari García de Alba, the Minister of Communications & Transports, Dionisio Perez-Jacome, the Vice Minister for Regional Security, Luis Cárdenas Palomino, the Governor of the State of Querétaro, José Calzada Rovirosa, the Minister for Sustainable Development of the State of Querétaro, Gregorio Peláez Velázquez and the Mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard.
With his Mexican counterparts, VP Tajani signed Letters of Intent in the fields of SME development, industrial cooperation, raw materials, space and tourism.
Vice President Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Mexico. Here with Bruno Ferrari García de Alba, Mexican Secretary of Economy in Mexico.
Vice President Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Mexico. Here With Dionisio Perez Jacome, Mexican Minister for Communication and Transport in Mexico.
Documents signed in Mexico
On 16 May 2012, Vice-President Tajani attended the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of T-20 at Merida (meeting of the G-20 Ministers of Tourism).
On 16 May 2012, in Medellín, the entrepreneurs met with the Vice Minister of Business Development Carlos De Hart, the Governor of Antioquia Sergio Fajardo, the Mayor of Medellín Anibal Gaviria, the Executive Director of Proexport Vicky Osorio and with the Deputy of the Cooperation and Investment Agency of Medellín Santiago Viera.
On 17 May 2012, Vice-President Tajani and the whole delegation met with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, but also with some members of the Colombian Government, notably the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patti Londoño, the Vice-Minister of Trade, Gabriel A. Duque Mildenberg and the Vice Minister of Business Development, Carlos De Hart.
Vice President Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Colombia. Here with Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian President at Narino Presidential Palace in Bogota.
Vice President Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Colombia. Here signing agreements with Gabriel Duque, Colombian Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade at San Carlos Palace in Bogota.
With his Colombian counterparts, VP Tajani signed Letters of Intent in the fields of SME development, industrial cooperation, raw materials and tourism.
Documents signed in Colombia
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Follow-up Mission for Growth (2-5 December 2013, Expression of interest open till 10 September 2013)
On 23 and 24 January 2013, during a two-day Mission for Growth to Peru, Vice President Tajani met with the President of the Republic Ollanta Humala Tasso, the President of the Council of Ministers Juan Federico Jimenez Mayor and several members of the Peruvian government, notably the Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Roncagliolo Orbegozo, the Minister of Production Gladys Triveño Chan Jan, the Minister of Energy and Mining Jorge Merino Taftir, the Vice-Minister of Finances Carlos Oliva, the Vice-Minister of Trade Carlos Posada, the Vice-Minister of SMEs Magali Silva, the Vice-Minister of Tourism Claudia Cornejo, and the President of the Central Bank Julio Velarde Flores.
Antonio Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Peru. Here with the President of the Republic Ollanta Humala Tasso
Antonio Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Peru. Here with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rafael Roncagliolo
With his Peruvian counterparts, VP Tajani signed Letters of Intent in the fields of SME development, industrial cooperation, raw materials, sustainable construction and tourism.
Documents signed in Peru