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Mutual Understanding and Visibility of the Association

EU-LAC Awards 2018

With the aim of providing greater visibility and promoting interest in the bi-regional Strategic Partnership and in the Foundation itself, as well as increasing the participation of those regional members who have traditionally not played an active role in the bi-regional relationship, the EU-LAC Foundation is developing processes and making available to interested players tools that will enable them to highlight the positive agenda of the bi-regional relationship.

Mutual understanding

Awareness-raising in a Sub-region of the Bi-regional Strategic Partnership

This activity is designed to strengthen participation in and the benefits of the bi-regional partnership for all members; to provide a platform for debate and exchange of knowledge concerning the specific interests and perspectives of the countries or sub-regions which have not traditionally been sufficiently involved in an active way in the EU-LAC strategic partnership.

Among the most recent events we could highlight the following:

  • A study on the Caribbean in the EU-CELAC strategic partnership in 2016 and its dissemination
  • A market research study for the e-governance sector through the ELANBiz programme and its presentation to the Baltic capitals in 2017
  • An exploratory mission by the ITC sector of the Baltic States to Chile and Costa Rica in April 2018, as a result of collaboration with the ELANBiz programme in the market research study. The activities were drawn up with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
  • Seminar for Junior Diplomats in Panama City, in the month of September, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Academia Diplomática y Consular de Panamá́ "Ernesto Pimentel", together with the diplomatic academies of the Republic of El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica, and with the collaboration of the Academia Diplomática Mexicana “Instituto Matías Romero”, and the CEDDET Foundation. 

The next initiative under this subheading will be the joint Seminar for the Diplomatic Institutes and Academies of Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania to be held in November 2019.

Reflection Fora

The Reflection Fora are part of a process of continuous dialogue between representatives of the Member States of the Foundation. From its establishment, the Foundation has run 8 such fora, which have been devoted to essential and relevant topics that need to be discussed to realise the benefits and face up to the challenges inherent in the construction of the bi-regional partnership.

Reflection Forum (March 2018)

Representatives of the countries meet together and, under Chatham House rules, discuss among themselves and with invited experts whatever the theme of the Forum might be.

Each year is devoted to a strategic topic. Some of these were:

  • The 2016 Reflection Forum, held on 29 and 30 November 2016 in Berlin, in cooperation with the EU-LAC group Focus Horizonte 2020, “Analysing the Meeting of CELAC-EU Chancellors 2016 - Tackling the road towards the next CELAC-EU Summit”
  • The 2017 Reflection Forum, held on 10 and 11 July 2017, organised with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MAEC) of Spain and the European Union. The discussion was on “Strengthening the economic dimension of the EU-CELAC Partnership: A dialogue on the growth of productivity"
  • On 20 and 21 March 2018 the following Forum was organised in Bruges with the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Low Countries and the College of Europe: "Why should the EU have any relevance for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)? And why should LAC have any relevance for the EU?" The basis of the debate was a study carried out by the Real Instituto Elcano on this topic and inputs from experts. 

The following reflection fora will be devoted to the themes: “Changing paradigms for Development: facing the challenge of social cohesion” to be held in Montevideo on 2 and 3 of October"; and “Culture and its role in the bi-regional strategic partnership”, to be held in Geneva on 13 and 14 November.


The Statutes of the EU-LAC Foundation stipulate that it should continue to:

“promote better mutual knowledge and understanding between the EU and LAC regions and their peoples” through the “production of an electronic publication”.

The various editions (in theory three per year) feature information on the current initiatives of the Foundation and on matters of interest to both regions. Topics featured in recent editions of the newsletter have included the sustainability of cities as a driving force in climate change, and the relevance of the Caribbean within the framework of the bi-regional partnership.


MAPEO is a database that makes it possible to identify, based on established parameters (subject area, region, country, sector), the various players in civil society in both regions. This facilitates mutual understanding, as well as possible partnerships and synergies with other relevant databases in the bi-regional partnership. Through MAPEO the EU-LAC Foundation circulates relevant information on the bi-regional partnership to the institutions registered on our database. 


EU-LAC Awards

The EU-LAC Awards are organised by the EU-LAC Foundation with the aim of increasing visibility and promoting knowledge of models of good practice and innovation in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The EU-LAC Awards are organised every two years alongside the ministerial meetings and bi-regional summits and are awarded in categories.

1st EU-LAC Awards (2015)

At the first EU-LAC Awards, awards were made in the categories of Citizen Initiative and Public Management, in recognition of two outstanding examples in the area of cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), within the framework of the second EU-CELAC Summit held in Brussels (June 2015).

EU-LAC Awards 2015

2nd EU-LAC Awards (2018)

The categories for which awards were made in the second round of EU-LAC awards were Citizen Initiative and Young Journalists.

In the category of Citizen Initiative the prize was awarded to the CIVICS platform, an interactive digital tool that promotes, supports and develops citizen initiatives with the objective of improving quality of life in cities by implementing projects on mobility, culture, sport, education, and urban ecology, among other things, in Ibero-American countries, with a network of over 4,000 Ibero-American initiatives in more than 40 cities. For its part, the LA Network Project was awarded second place in the EU-LAC Awards for the same category.

EU HR/VP Mogherini and Minister Castaneda of El Salvador present the EU-LAC Awards in celebration of the bi-regional relationship

Activities in the Foundation’s headquarters city

Long Night of the Consulates

The city of Hamburg is known for its international outlook and openness to different cultures. Every year it organises the Long Night of the Consulates, when the general public has the opportunity to find out about the various different countries represented in Hamburg.


Long Night of the Consulates 2019

The EU-LAC Foundation has played an active role in this event since 2015, each year welcoming some of its member states to its headquarters for presentations and tastings of local produce.

Latin America and the Caribbean Fall Festival

The Lateinamerika Herbst Festival (Latin America and the Caribbean Fall Festival) has been held every year since 2014 in the city of Hamburg. Its aim is to increase the visibility of Latin America and the Caribbean in Hamburg, as well  as knowledge about them, through a wide range of events. The city of Hamburg, together with the Consulates and Embassies of the region, is responsible for organising the festival. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the EU-LAC Foundation took charge of coordinating the activities.

Digital Library

The Virtual Library is an archive of knowledge and research concerning European Union – Latin America and the Caribbean relations, especially since 1999 when the bi-regional Partnership was formally established. However, it also contains some key documents from before that year. The Virtual Library offers a unique service for researchers and those interested in the bi-regional relationship and the matters it covers. The Virtual Library contains articles and other academic publications; bibliographical information; documents resulting from the bi-regional process.

Archive Libraries

More than half the members of the EU-LAC Foundation have designated archive libraries where interested members of the public can access physical or digital copies of the Foundation’s publications, in addition to the Foundation’s website where the list is updated as they are published.

Calendar of Bi-regional Activities

The objective of the calendar of bi-regional activities is to provide information on activities of interest to the bi-regional relationship, organised by various institutions, and public and private organisations, to be used by both the organisers of these events and members of the public who may be interested in the bi-regional partnership.