The European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation) was created as a result and initiative of the VI Summit of Heads of State and Government in May 2010 and formally began operating in November 2011.
With its headquarters in the city of Hamburg, Germany, the Foundation now consists of 33 member states from Latin America and the Caribbean, 28 member states from the European Union as well as a representative of the European Union as a whole. A total of 62 members.
The aim of the Foundation is to transform and adapt the strategic partnership between the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean -adopted in 1999 - into a strengthened and visible reality where the respective societies in both these regions can actively participate.
Connecting the intergovernmental processes with businesses, academia, education, the social sector, as well as, in a broader and general manner, with the civil society of both regions.
Promoting the development of a joint and forward-looking global vision with shared strategies in both regions.
Dynamising the bi-regional strategic partnership by encouraging and advocating for the formulation and implementation of policies and agendas.
Circulating knowledge to raise mutual understanding and increase the visibility of both regions and the importance of the bi-regional partnership itself.
Our aspiration is for the economic and socio-cultural partnership between the countries of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean to reach a sustainable dynamism, built upon the achievement of mutual benefits. Reaching these benefits requires that the societies of both regions recognise that they are united by a need to achieve certain interests and more importantly that they are united by a body of common values. These include, among others: Democracy and the rule of law; Respect for personal dignity and human rights; Tolerance; Inclusive and cohesive societies.
This sustainable dynamism will allow the full enjoyment of the relationship’s huge potential at a bi-regional and global level, strengthening and making the strategic partnership a reality in which dialogue between both regions is broad, regular and fluid.