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European Commission - Statement

EU-Chile Joint Communiqué on the Advanced Framework Agreement

Brussels, 9 December 2022 Today, Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis, the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, Executive and Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonia Urrejola concluded an innovative Advanced Framework Agreement. This modern Agreement will help deepen cooperation and will directly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. It will advance joint values and interests, including trade and sustainability, human rights and peace and security. It will boost trade and investment in support of green and digital transition and provide new opportunities for businesses. Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Trade, Valdis Dombrovskis, said: “We have today taken our already close partnership with Chile to the next level. This agreement will create new opportunities to support economic growth on both sides, underpinned by much stronger protection of the environment and climate, labour rights, gender equality and food systems. 99% of trade will be tariff-free. Our new trading rules will ease investments and also provide greater opportunities for SMEs on both sides. This modern, dynamic agreement reflects our shared ambition of building greener economies, including cooperation on raw materials and clean sources of energy.” High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell said: “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Association Agreement with Chile, and today we are opening a new chapter in our privileged partnership. At a time of unprecedented geopolitical challenges, with this new Advanced Framework Agreement we are modernizing and updating our relationship to match our shared ambition and deepen our political dialogue, cooperation, and economic relationship. The new agreement places joint values such as human rights, sustainability and the fight against climate change at the heart of the partnership. This landmark agreement also provides the foundation for closer cooperation on justice, peace and security matters and will foster the connection between people, businesses and civil society from the EU and Chile for decades to come.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Antonia Urrejola, declared: ”With this Agreement, Chile and the EU have deepened our bilateral relationship in the benefit of our people by reinforcing the partnership in areas which reflect common values and principles such as the strengthening of democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, rule of law and good governance, sustainable development and, particularly, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. This agreement also recognizes the urgency of addressing areas such as Climate Change, energy transition, oceans, innovation, digitalization and cooperation to achieve balanced and sustainable regional and territorial development. On the trade and investment section, it incorporates important provisions, such as robust Trade and Sustainable Development, a Gender and Trade specific chapter, and a Small and Medium Enterprises chapter aimed at aiding SMEs in their internationalization. Finally, this instrument is aligned with the aim of the Chilean trade policy of ensuring the strategic and regulatory autonomy of the country, allowing for productive, environmental and other policies key for its development.” The Advanced Framework Agreement is a concrete expression of the EU and Chile's political will to work more closely together and a key building block of a renewed partnership. STATEMENT/22/7603 Press contacts: Miriam GARCIA FERRER (+32 2 299 90 75) Roberta VERBANAC (+32 2 298 24 98) General public inquiries: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 67 89 10 11 or by emai

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