The Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation, Dr Adrián Bonilla, travelled from 29 March to 1 April to Santiago de Chile to hold meetings with representatives of the new Chilean government, which took office in March 2022, and with other partners of the International Organisation. The mission aimed to strengthen links with organisations in Chile and explore opportunities for closer collaboration.
On the first day of the mission, Dr. Adrian Bonilla met with Professor Ricardo Gamboa of the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile and former Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto van Klaveren Stork to review issues of common interest and possible cooperation. In this line, they expressed their unanimous interest in renewing the cooperation agreement between the Institute and the EU-LAC Foundation.
On 30 March, the Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation had a meeting with Mario Cimoli, Executive Director of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). They discussed the work that ECLAC and the EU-LAC Foundation are jointly carrying out in view of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to strengthen bi-regional relations between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean. During the day, Dr. Bonilla also met with Jorge Saad, Director of the Institute of International Studies of the Catholic University, to discuss initiatives of both organisations on integration and international economic policies.
On 31 March, Dr. Adrián Bonilla participated in the public event "Challenges for South American and European multilateralism in the pandemic and post pandemic", co-organised by the EU-LAC Foundation, FLACSO Chile, the Alliance for Peace and the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile. The event was attended by more than 400 virtually connected spectators. The inauguration was also addressed by Mr Alex Wetzig, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr Quentin Weiler, Chargé d'Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union in Santiago; Mr Fabricio Franco, Director FLACSO-Chile; and Ms Ana Glenda Tager, Director of the Alliance for Peace. Presentations on multilateral organisations in South America, Central America, the Caribbean and the European Union were given by Ms Alejandra Liviano, Vice Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Dominican Republic; Mr José Antonio Sanahuja, Director Fundación Carolina; Ms Ana Glenda Tager, Director of the Alliance for Peace; and Prof. Paz Miler, Professor at the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile.
Finally, the Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation held meetings on 1 April with the Chilean Minister of Culture, Ms Julieta Brodsky, and the Undersecretary of Cultural Heritage, Ms María Paulina Soto, in which the possibilities of carrying out one of the EU-LAC Foundation's strategic line activities on Culture in Santiago were discussed. Meetings were also held with the Secretary General of Foreign Policy of the Government of Chile, Ambassador Alex Wetzig and Head of Cabinet, Mr Holguín and Counsellor Juan Pedro Sepúlveda Castro, and with the Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Chile Andrés Bello, Ms Carmen Domínguez.