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About Us

The European Union – Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation) was created in 2010 by the Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) member states. Its Members are the Member states of the EU and CELAC as well as the EU itself. The Foundation is a tool of the EU-LAC partnership and its activities feed into the intergovernmental dialogue, in line with the bi-regional Action Plan.

The EU-LAC Foundation was entrusted with the mission of strengthening and promoting the strategic bi-regional relationship, enhancing its visibility and fostering active participation of the respective civil societies.

The Constitutive Agreement entered into force on May 17th 2019, following the deposit of the ratification instruments by Members, including the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union, thus establishing the Foundation as International Organisation. The Constitutive Agreement of the Foundation is the very first international agreement negotiated by all the 62 Members of the Strategic Partnership between the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean, thus representing with its entry into force a bi-regional milestone.

The depositary of the Agreement establishing the EU-LAC International Foundation is the European Council and it has been opened for ratifications on 25th October 2016 to the date of its entry into force. Please find the Agreement available in 23 languages here


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Co-financing events 2020

From the 2020 call for co-financing on issues related to the bi-regional partnership between the European Union (EU), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the Foundation co-finances 6 events in different member states during 2020.

Juan Pablo De Laiglesia, Secretary of State for International Cooperation for Ibero-America and the Caribbean

"The Foundation is the result of an intensive process, anchored in shared values by both regions, values as fundamental as democracy defence, human rights or sustainable development".

Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

The EU–LAC Foundation can provide an important platform for mobilizing its 62 member countries from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean in implementing the new sustainable development agenda.

Anna Ayuso, Senior Researcher CIDOB

"The transformation of the EU-LAC Foundation into an international organisation opens a new stage of its projection in the global sphere with multiple opportunities to grow and create new instruments that allow to move towards objectives of mutual understanding". 

María Solanas, Director of Programmes at Real Instituto Elcano

“The fact that the EU-LAC Foundation is an International Organisation allows it to have greater impact on key issues, such as the fight against climate change, sustainable development and the promotion and defence of gender equality". 

Olaf Scholz – German Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor

The Installation of the EU-LAC Foundation in Hamburg is not just an answer to the political upturn of Latin America, but also takes in account the enormous potential of this region.

Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General at SEGIB

"The Foundation has been a fundamental ally of Ibero-America and the SEGIB. With the transformation of the Foundation into an International Organisation, the best moments of the alliance between our institutions, companies and universities of both regions begin".

Cristian Heinsen- Executive Director of the Altiplano Foundation

"The EU-LAC  Foundation and its team in Hamburg  have been a harbour of ideas and motivation to bring Latin America and Europe closer, a necessary and urgent action to achieve responsible and sustainable development in our countries"

Marian Schuegraf- Representative of the German Federal Foreign Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Regarding crucial issues such as ecological justice, sustainable development and free trade Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe are natural partners. We deeply appreciate, that through the Establishment of the International EU-LAC Foundation, this partnership is going to be strengthened especially between the civil society of both regions

Federica Mogherini - High Representative of the EU and Vice-President of the European Commission

The Foundation's mission is to project EU, Latin America and Caribbean people-to-people ties into the future.

Internships at the EU-LAC Foundation

Applications for the internship period at the Foundation from January to March 2019 is closed.

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MAPEO is a database that allows us to identify different actors in civil society in the two regions, based on certain established parameters (thematic area, region, country, sector). 

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We regularly publish calls for tender as the need arises for consultancies and studies as well as calls for research studies.

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Digital Library

The digital library contains bibliographical references and texts on topics surrounding the bi-regional relationship since the first bi-regional Summit in 1999.

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Acknowledgments on occasion of the conclusion of the...
The Foundation thanks Dr. Read more »
R.I.P. Ambassador Jorge Valdez
The Foundation regrets the death of His Excellency... Read more »
Saint Lucia accedes to the Agreement that establishes the...
Saint Lucia acceded to the Constitutive Agreement of the EU... Read more »


Frist ordinary meeting Board of Governors EU - LAC... Read more »
Paraguay, 7-9 May, 2020 Read more »
Paris, 26 May 2020 Women in movement in Latin America, the... Read more »
Hamburg, 28 May 2020 The “Long Night of the... Read more »