Bolivia’s decision to nationalise its oil and gas industries is likely to be among the main issues under discussion at a meeting of EU and Latin American leaders in Vienna today. Yesterday they agreed a deal on bi-lateral links. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said both sides need to lay out their long term view of relations.
“We, the EU, have made clear where we want to go in our bi-regional strategic partnership. We have explained our objectives we have identified what we believe to be the main challenges. But if we want to fully develop the potential of our partnership we also need to know what is your strategic vision.” Some European leaders at the summit spelt out concerns at Venezuela and Bolivia’s partnership that is developing into a new political axis in South America. The photo-call was interrupted by a bikini-clad Greenpeace protester trying to highlight environmental issues in Argentina.