On September 13th, the Republic of Ireland became the 47th Member to ratify the Constituent Agreement that transforms the EU-LAC Foundation into an International Organisation, thus becoming the 26th EU member to do so.
The act of ratification serves as clear evidence of Ireland's strong commitment to advancing the objectives of the Foundation, which seeks to enhance bi-regional relationships between the European Union, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In doing so, Ireland actively contributes to the vital and invaluable role that the EU-LAC Foundation plays in fostering mutual knowledge and understanding between the respective governments and civil societies of these regions.
The Constitutive Agreement entered into force on May 17th 2019, being the very first international agreement negotiated by all 61 Members of the Strategic Partnership between the EU and CELAC countries. Since then, the EU-LAC Foundation operates as an international organisation, as intended by the Heads of State and Government of the 60 Member States of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean, and of the European Union itself.
Authoritative information on the status of the Constitutive Agreement, including information on signatories to the Agreement, ratification and entry into force, is provided by the European Union through the General Secretariat of the Council, which can be accessed here.