Brussels, Belgium. February 25, 2019. Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Patrick Andrews, represented Belize in the Political Dialogue of the II Mixed Commission between Central America and the European Union (EU), held on February 22, 2019, in Brussels, Belgium.
The bi-regional political dialogue discussed themes of mutual priority to both regions, including regional integration, climate change, migration, and citizen security. Belize took this opportunity to stress the major challenges it faces arising from BREXIT and climate change. Belize further urged the EU to continue working with the Central American region to help address the urgent challenges caused by climate change and to continue cooperating in the multilateral forum on the matter. The meeting concluded with the adoption of a Joint Communication.
The Mixed Commission is the bi-regional mechanism for political dialogue and periodic evaluation of cooperation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Central America. Although not a signatory to the aforementioned agreement, Belize participates fully in the political dialogue by joint declaration, based on its full membership in the Central American Integration System (SICA).
In addition to CEO Patrick Andrews, the Belize delegation included Mr. Raineldo Urbina, Chargé d’Affaires of the Mission of Belize to the EU.