Who we are

The European Union – Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation) was created in 2010 by the Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) member states. Its Members are the Member states of the EU and CELAC as well as the EU itself. The Foundation is a tool of the EU-LAC partnership and its activities feed into the intergovernmental dialogue, in line with the bi-regional Action Plan.

The EU-LAC Foundation was entrusted with the mission of strengthening and promoting the strategic bi-regional relationship, enhancing its visibility and fostering active participation of the respective civil societies.

The Constitutive Agreement entered into force on May 17th 2019, following the deposit of the ratification instruments by Members, including the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union, thus establishing the Foundation as International Organisation. The Constitutive Agreement of the Foundation is the very first international agreement negotiated by all 62 members of the Strategic Partnership between the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean, thus representing with its entry into force a bi-regional milestone.

The depositary of the Agreement establishing the EU-LAC International Foundation is the European Council and it has been opened for ratifications on 25th October 2016 to the date of its entry into force. Please find the Agreement available in 23 languages here.