In Santiago de Chile yesterday, 28 April 2022 , with the participation of Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the work plans that the EU and Chile have jointly defined for sustainable transformation were presented to Chile’s ministers and leaders.
The European Union (EU) and Chile are strategic partners in the promotion of climate action at the global level, in both the Latin American and Caribbean regions and in Chile. They also share strategies and visions to achieve their climate commitments in the framework of the Paris Agreement, highlighting the goal of achieving carbon neutrality and resilience by 2050 at the latest.
In this framework of cooperation and through a high-level meeting, the EU together with the Government of Chile presented the Country Action Plan Chile – EUROCLIMA+, and the Team Europe Initiative on Green Hydrogen in Chile: accelerating towards carbon neutrality. Both initiatives are focused on driving sustainable transformation in the country through territorial engagement, the promotion of climate finance and the development of green hydrogen; a key technology for the decarbonisation of the national and global energy matrix.
The event held at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), was attended by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, the first official visit of a high authority since the inauguration of the new government in Chile. The aim of the visit was to highlight the broad agenda of common priorities between the European Union and Chile, and the commitment to strengthen the bilateral relationship and cooperation, including the development of green hydrogen.
Borrell, opened the interventions, pointing out that:
“Creating favourable conditions for the development of green hydrogen, together with the European technological offer, presents a unique opportunity for a fruitful cooperation with Chile. The EU is in a time of accelerating energy savings, diversification of supplies and transition to renewables to strengthen our strategic autonomy, as we have set forth in our European Action Plan for more accessible, secure and sustainable energy. This is why we are promoting the Team Europe Initiative for the development of Green Hydrogen in Chile and also with our EUROCLIMA+ programme in order to promote this issue within the Regional Climate Change Action Plans for Antofagasta and Magallanes.”
The Team Europe Initiative seeks to coordinate the efforts of the European Union, its Member States and its diplomatic network, funding institutions and implementing agencies. It aims to strengthen coordination, coherence and complementarity of actions, increase European impact and elevate Europe as a partner of reference.
Team Europe Initiatives are flagship actions based on this approach, whose main feature is the added value of joint European cooperation and, as such, are open to participation by all Team Europe Members.