The EU-LAC Foundation has been invited to participate as observer in the the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation Senior Officials Meeting (JIRI SOM), which has just started in Brussels.
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."
Former President of the Dominican Republic (1996-2000; 2004-12) and former President of the EU-LAC Foundation (2016-2020)
"The Foundation has been building the pillars that support the bi-regional partnership between the Member States of the European Union and the Latin American and Caribbean States for almost a decade, through a commendable and constant effort."
Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Former Mexican Ambassador to Chile (2022-2023) and Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (2008 - March 2022)
"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."
German Chancellor (since 2021)
“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.”
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.”
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission
"The Foundation has also advanced in its resilience and relevance in a difficult and changing context, and has become a symbol of our bi-regional partnership, which has weathered differences and tensions".