The EU-LAC Foundation and the German Federal Foreign Office joined forces for the development of a training course programme for foreign service officials from the countries of the European Union, Latin America, and the Caribbean, as well as the European External Action Service.
The initiative builds on the training experiences carried out by the Foundation between 2014 and 2022 in both regions, which is even more relevant in the current context of the follow-up to the EU-CELAC Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Brussels on 17-18 July 2023.
With this programme, the parties involved want to contribute to mutual knowledge, learning and dialogue between diplomatic officials and experts from both regions to build trust and identify opportunities for bi-regional collaboration for the benefit of the societies of the countries of both regions, especially the most vulnerable ones, which are, for the most part, the least represented in the partnership.
The main objectives of the training and updating course are:
1. Promote and encourage interest and further involvement in the strategic partnership between Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe and on priority issues of the bi-regional agenda, among young diplomatic service officials from both regions.
2. Identify, analyse, and stimulate debate on the common issues and strategic interests in the contemporary international order of the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union, as well as CELAC.
3. Elaborate and divulge knowledge on the foreign policy agendas of the European Union and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the shared agenda between the two regions and the existing mechanisms and levels of cooperation.
4. Contribute to the professional training of young civil service officials and diplomats from both regions.
5. Support spaces for reciprocal knowledge and networking among young foreign service officials and diplomats from both regions to facilitate future channels of more direct and positive dialogue exchange and cooperation in the different areas linked to the bi-regional partnership association.
Deadline: 29 September 2023