Since its inception, the EU has developed a network of bilateral and multilateral agreements designed to continually expand and deepen relations with its partners. As a major global actor, the EU is at the forefront of promoting free trade, sustainable development, the fight against poverty, freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights.
The EU holds regular summit meetings with major partners such as the United States, Japan, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, India, China, and Brazil. The EU also holds regional dialogues with other countries in Asia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. These relationships cover political dialogue, investment, economic cooperation, finance, energy, science and technology, human rights, environmental protection, counterterrorism, and international crime.
The EU is a staunch proponent of multilateralism—relying on an effective multilateral system—a principle at the core of its external relations, whether in international trade, development, human rights, or foreign and security policy.
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