Executive Vice-President Timmermans in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico for COP28 preparations

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Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, starts on Monday a week-long visit to Latin America. He will visit Brazil (23-24 January), Colombia (25-27 January) and Mexico (28-30 January) to discuss the forthcoming COP28 UN Climate Change Conference with government representatives, stakeholders and civil society, and take stock of progress made on emission reductions, environmental protection and the clean energy transition.

In Brazil, Executive Vice-President Timmermans will have bilateral meetings with the Vice-President, Geraldo Alckmin; Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Marina Silva; Minister of Human Rights and Citizenship, Silvio Almeida; the Minister of Indigenous People, Sonia Guajajara; and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Maria Laura Da Rocha. On Monday, he will also have a dialogue with the leaders of Brazilian Business Federations and Civil Society, and will meet with Ambassadors from EU Member States to exchange views on EU cooperation with Brazil.

On Tuesday, Executive Vice-President Timmermans will be in the city of Belem in the Amazones, candidate to host COP30. The day will start with a site visit to the Protected Environmental Area of Ilha do Combu’, followed by a meeting with the Vice-Governor of the State of Pará, Hana Ghassan Tuma. He will then participate in a roundtable on anti-deforestation traceability with the working group ‘Selo Verde’. Later on, he will meet with local environmental NGOs, indigenous leaders and young activists, and learn more about the bioeconomy project ‘Sustenta & Innova’ at the Brazilian Support Service for Micro and Small Enterprises.

More information can be found in the Executive Vice-President’s calendar.