Colloquium 2024: “Social protection systems, public policies and social challenges of aging in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean” was held within the framework of the Latin American and Caribbean Weeks.


The EU-LAC Foundation together with the Institut des Amériques and in collaboration with the Europe-Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC), the French Development Agency (AFD), Expertise France and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), organized on the 29th and 30th of May the Colloquium 2024 “Social protection systems, public policies and social challenges of ageing in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean” within the framework of the Latin America and Caribbean Weeks.

The colloquium sought to bring together the points of view and perspectives of academics and specialists on the challenges of population aging, a reality that looms over both Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. Putting it on the table as a shared issue is a way of addressing it from a bi-regional cooperation perspective.  


A series of round tables took place during the two-day event:

The first roundtable, entitled “Protection and social coverage”, featured Marie Guillemard, Anne Lavigne, Anthony Marino and Jeannette Sanchez as guests and was moderated by Alfonso MARTINEZ-SAENZ, Coordinator of gender and social protection projects at Expertise France.
The objective was to discuss the progress and challenges of public policies in terms of extending social coverage for the elderly, whether contributory (paid retirement pensions) or financed from public budgets (minimum social benefits, specific services and other benefits offered by local authorities).


The second roundtable, entitled “Care and public health”, was moderated by Olivier GIRAUD, political scientist and sociologist, and was attended by Merike Blofield, Alfredo Gonzalez Reyes and Karolin Killmeier. This roundtable sought to analyze how the provision of health care (cure) and personal care (care) to people who lose their autonomy is organized socially and economically, at the intersection of public policies, the market and the social, moral and gender norms prevailing in families and societies.

The third round table 3 was entitled “Citizenship, social cohesion and territories” and counted with the participation of Barbara Bringuier, Sandra Huenchuan, Pierre-Olivier Lefebvre and Diana Mejia, seeking to address the social and citizenship issues raised by aging and the presence of the elderly at the local level.

The day after this event, our director Adrián Bonilla and our program director, Anna Barrera, participated in the conference “Support for the EU-CELAC Common Higher Education and Research Area”, organized by the Institut des Amériques (IdA) with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs.

The objective of this conference was to address trends in the education systems of LAC countries, challenges such as low investment in the education sector, and major needs such as access to quality education that currently does not meet demand, and the question of the relevance of the contents of transferred knowledge that should be adapted to local political, economic, social and cultural environments, in order to generate opportunities, innovation and promote equity.

Also highlighted were the activities with which the EU-LAC Foundation has contributed to promoting the creation of the Common Higher Education Area, such as the EU-LAC 2023 Knowledge Forum, the publication “Opportunities and Advances in the Construction of the EU-CELAC Higher Education Area”, the recent Workshop to articulate the work of actors promoting the “Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation” and the “EU-CELAC Common Higher Education Area” and the Matrix of Objectives and Strategic Lines for the Construction of the EU-LAC Common Higher Education Area.


Paralelo a estas actividades, los representantes de la Fundación celebraron una serie de reuniones particulares. La primera de estas fue con la Subdirectora General de Ciencias Sociales y Ciencias Humanas y Sociales de la UNESCO, Gloria Ramos, con quien se discutió una serie de proyectos enfocados en el intercambio entre los jóvenes de ambas regiones. La segunda fue con la Directora para América Latina y el Caribe del Ministerio de Europa y Asuntos Exteriores de Francia, Michèle Ramis, con quien se discutió la coordinación de eventos culturales enfocados en los jóvenes, así como la viabilidad de realizar iniciativas en el camino hacia la COP-29. La tercera y última fue con Luis Cecchi, encargado de la Unidad para América Latina y el Caribe del Centro de Desarrollo de la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos, con quien se discutió la agenda compartida de encuentros de organismos internacionales vinculadas a la agenda birregional, así como la realización de un Seminario sobre intereses e iniciativas birregionales en común frente a la COP 29 y la COP 30.