The shift in focus brought by the 'Agenda for change' and in particular through its differentiation approach, resulted in the discontinuation, as from 2014, of bilateral development aid to eight countries in Latin America and one in the Caribbean: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela and Bahamas.
All these countries are continuing to benefit from regional and thematic programmes while dialogue on cooperation as a whole is secured under the EU–CELAC strategic partnership as well as under bilateral agreements with individual countries. In addition, the European Commission is exploring, in line with international commitments, dialogue and cooperation in new areas of mutual interest, including the context of 'South–South' cooperation.
Bilateral development cooperation under the European Development Fund (EDF) and the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) will continue during the 2014–20 period with the Caribbean countries (except the Bahamas), 13 OCTs and 6 Latin American countries namely Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Colombia, Ecuador and Peru are receiving bilateral cooperation in a phasing-out mode up to 2017.
Bilateral cooperation by country: