The presentation analyzed the Brazilian strategic partnerships focusing on the position the European Union holds in Brazilian foreign policy from 2003 onwards. It took into account some convergences but mainly the divergences of their agendas in multilateral forums. It also presented the difficulties in order to build of joint actions towards South American issues, as well as showed some limited possibilities of common initiatives in the field of in triangular cooperation. Finally, it mentioned briefly the Brazilian lack of interest in the EU-CELAC strategic partnership. As a conclusion, it argued that there is very little overlap in Brazil's and the EU's preferences when it came to political issues involving values and principles in multilateral institutions, despite some agreement on the importance of defending such issues.
Miriam Gomes Saraiva is Associate Professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro teaching at the Postgraduate Programme in International Relations, and researcher of the CNPq (Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Research).