We aim to transform the strategic partnership between the European Union, Latin America and the Carribean into an invigorated reality.
The EU-LAC Foundation is entrusted with the mission of strengthening and promoting the strategic bi-regional relationship, enhancing its visibility and fostering active participation of the respective civil society.
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-2016)
“The EU–LAC Foundation can provide an important platform for mobilising its 62 member countries from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean in implementing the new sustainable development agenda.”
Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (since 2021), Former Secretary-General at the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) (2014-2021)
"The Foundation has been a fundamental ally of Ibero-America and the SEGIB. With the transformation of the Foundation into an International Organisation, the best moments of the alliance between our institutions, companies and universities of both regions begin."
Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (since 2008)
"Today more than ever we need international cooperation because it is the best instrument to address development challenges. And that is when we welcome the designation of the EU-LAC Foundation as an international organisation. We are convinced that this assignation will help to boost and open new spaces to rethink the cooperation between CELAC and the European Union."
Secretary-General of the Organisation of Ibero-American States (OEI) (since 2018)
"We believe that the EU-LAC Foundation is a very valid and important institution to strengthen communication and cooperation ties between Latin America and Europe, a task in which we are convinced we can work together."
Rector of the College of Europe & Co-chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Ex Vice-President of the European Commission (2014 – 2019)
“The Foundation's mission is to project European Union, Latin America and Caribbean people-to-people ties into the future.”
German Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor (since 2018)
“The Installation of the EU-LAC Foundation in Hamburg is not just an answer to the political upturn of Latin America, but also takes into account the enormous potential of this region.”
Juan Pablo De Laiglesia
Former Secretary of State for International Cooperation for Ibero-America and the Caribbean of Spain (2018-2020)
"The Foundation is the result of an intensive process, anchored in shared values by both regions, values as fundamental as democracy defence, human rights or sustainable development."
State Secretary and Plenipotentiary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the Federation, the European Union, and for foreign affairs (since 2019)
"The Senate of Hamburg is proud to host the important EU-LAC Foundation and is proud of the collaboration with its team, the partnership and friendship we have developed. And the Senat of Hamburg looks to Latin America and the Caribbean with great interest.”