Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas and the director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the European Foreign Action Service, Hugo Sobral, presided over the XII Political Dialogue between the European Union (EU) and the Dominican Republic, where various topics of common interest were discussed.
During the meeting, in which the EU Ambassador in the country, Gianluca Grippa, was also present, progress was made in the reforms promoted by the Dominican Government, such as the National Plan for Human Rights, the Law on Political Parties, the Project for the Modification of the Electoral Law.
For its part, the European Union explained the current negotiations regarding Brexit, according to the Dominican Foreign Ministry in a statement.
In addition, the parties exchanged views on the negotiation process of the new 2021-2027 multi-annual financial framework of the European Union, particularly in its chapter on external action.
Ideas were also discussed to achieve a new Cotonou agreement that, constituted in the year 2000, is the general framework for trade relations between the EU and the countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).
Another issue addressed was the perspectives on international cooperation in environmental matters ahead of the Climate Summit (COP) 24, which will take place in Poland next December.
Foreign Minister Vargas raised issues of foreign policy, such as relations between the Dominican Republic and Haiti and the issue of establishing diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, and highlighted the dynamism of international relations in recent times.
Regarding the multilateral aspects, the plans and proposals of the Dominican Republic as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council were examined.
The European Union will promote a rules-based world order, with multilateralism as the essential principle and the driving force of its action in the international arena, as well as the follow-up to the Lima Declaration on corruption, adopted at the Summit of the Americas in April of this year.
Finally, those present spoke about the efforts of the Dominican Republic to advance the process of achieving the exemption from the Schengen visa for short stays in the territory of the EU for Dominican citizens.
This mechanism of exchange between the European authorities and the Dominican State has been developing since 2010. Both parties agreed to hold the next meeting of the Political Dialogue in the second half of next year 2019.