The European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States maintain strong relations and share a common history, universal values and political interests. In the 2018 Brussels Ministerial Declaration, both regions committed to jointly address current international circumstances and new global challenges and to further strengthen multilateralism.
Meanwhile, the above has been reinforced in other areas of bi-regional dialogue. Senior Officials on both sides of the Atlantic have expressed their conviction that there is much to be gained from international cooperation in an interconnected and interdependent world — stressing that strengthened and effective multilateral cooperation is not an option, but a necessity for a more equal, resilient, and sustainable world.
In 2021, the Foundation held a series of seminars to discuss the importance of the multilateral system and bi-regional cooperation in tackling both the pandemic and new global challenges. It also organised the first edition of the training and awareness-raising programme for young diplomats on the EU-CELAC strategic partnership.
In 2022, the Foundation looks forward to further exploring the opportunities offered by the multilateral system, along with bi-regional cooperation, to improve mutual understanding in the face of globalised challenges that require an open and rules-based international order as well as more prosperous, cohesive and inclusive societies. The Foundation intends to make concrete contributions to intergovernmental dialogue processes by promoting proactive exchanges between representatives of civil society and governments — especially with regard to multilateralism, global governance and development cooperation. It will also promote articulation between diplomatic academies and institutes and capacity building for diplomats around the EU-CELAC Strategic Partnership.