EU - Latin-America Cooperation

EU - Latin-America Cooperation

The Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs has contributed to cooperation between the EU and Latin America through initiatives that primarily target small businesses. These include the ELANBiz platform (for European and Latin American business services), an IPR helpdesk, and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

The EU and Latin America have enjoyed privileged relations since the first bi-regional summit, held in Brazil in 1999, established a strategic partnership between them.

EU actions

  • The ElanBiz platform provides market access information to European companies wishing to export or invest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru.
  • The Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk offers free support on intellectual property rights (IPR) issues to help European small businesses working in the region.
  • The Enterprise Europe Network, which is steered by this DG, is present in Mexico, Chile and Brazil. Organisations from other Latin American countries have shown an interest in joining as well.
  • Memorandums of Understanding for cluster cooperation have been signed in 2013 by Brazil, Mexico and Chile with the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. This Platform is part-funded by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Six European cluster consortia developing internationalisation strategies running in 2013 and 2014 have targeted Latin American countries towards facilitating the internationalisation of SMEs.

We are also pursuing specific dialogues with some Latin American countries, namely on SMEs and industrial cooperation, industrial innovation and clusters, standardisation, raw materials and space.