EU-LAC Foundation

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The European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean Summit (EU-LAC Summit), a bi-annual meeting of Heads of State and Government of the European, Latin American and Caribbean countries, agreed at its VI Summit (Madrid 2010) to create the EU-LAC Foundation "as a useful tool for strengthening our bi-regional partnership and as a means of triggering debate on common strategies and actions.[1] The EU-LAC Foundation began its operations in November 2011 in the city of Hamburg.[2]

The presidency and executive director are appointed by the Board of Governors by unanimity for a 4 year term. The Presidency is a "ad honorem" position. In 2011 Benita Ferrero-Waldner, former EU Commissioner, and the peruvian diplomat Jorge Valdez Carillo were appointed respectively as president and executive director, running the Foundation during its first four years in operation.

Since February 2016 the EU-LAC Foundation is presided by former President of the Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández. Its Executive Director is the Italian Paola Amadei who has a solid experience in EU diplomacy including in the Latin America and Caribbean region.


Latin American and Caribbean States

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

EU Member States

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

External links

  • Official website of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation
  • Madrid Declaration establishing the creation of the Foundation (§ 34)
  • Information from the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on the EU-LAC Foundation (in German)
  • The EU's Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, Federal Foreign Office of Germany


  1. ^ "Creation of the EU-LAC Foundation" EU RAPID Press Release, 18/05/2010 (Accessed 15/02/2012).
  2. ^ "Hamburg is now even more international" HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation (Accessed 15/02/2012)

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