From 27 to 29 June, Campus Yuste will become a forum for analysis, debate and knowledge transfer on relations between the European Union and Latin America under the perspective of the presidencies of the Council of the European Union, at a time when Spain is assuming that presidency. This circumstance presents an opportunity to strengthen relations between the two regions, taking the existing strong historical, political, cultural, economic and social relations between the country and the Ibero-American region into account. (24/06/2023)

The course “European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean in the Framework of the Presidencies of the EU Council and the EU-CELAC and Ibero-American Summits”, organised by Yuste Foundation and EU-LAC Foundation, is directed by the executive director of the EU-LAC Foundation, Adrián Bonilla; the president of the Euroamérica Foundation and member of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste, Ramón Jáuregui, and the member of Yuste Foundation’s Board of Trustees, María Salvadora Ortiz.

The course will also discuss the role of EU-Latin America and the Caribbean summits, as well as the Ibero-American Summits and possible instruments for dialogue and cooperation which will enable both regions to exploit the full potential of a stronger and more strategic alliance at a time of global geopolitical upheaval, with major global threats and challenges that need to be addressed together.

Another aim is to address how the challenges are faced at global level taking the Sustainable Development Goals into account, contributing through training, reflection, debate and knowledge transfer to a greater study and improvement of the implementation of strategies that contribute to the construction of peaceful, supportive and egalitarian societies.

With these programmatic objectives, some of the prominent European and Ibero-American personalities that will meet are the following: the Secretary of State for Ibero-America and the Caribbean and for Spanish around the World of the Government of Spain, Juan Fernández Trigo; the Management director for the Americas in the European External Action Service (EEAS), Javier Niño Pérez; the president of EU-LAC Foundation, Leire Pajín; the executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and former Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, Andrea Meza Murillo; the president of the Interdisciplinary Institute for EU-CELAC –IRELAC Relations and vice-president of Robert Triffin International- RTI/UCLouvain, Christian Ghymers; the associate professor of the Institute of Economics of the School of Advanced Studies Sant’ Anna, Pisa (Italy) and former deputy executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Mario Cimoli; and the political analyst, journalist and director of the Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in Madrid, José Ignacio Torreblanca.

This course is held at the Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste, where students can listen and participate in the presentations and round tables and share experiences with European and Ibero-American experts. In addition, Campus Yuste will offer an online version. Those interested in following it online can still register for free at In addition, Yuste Foundation opens a window to the world with the live transmission of all its courses via its YouTube channel.

This course, which is included in Yuste Foundation’s training programme Campus Yuste, is also part of the University of Extremadura’s International Summer Courses, it counts with the sponsorship of MAFRESA and the collaboration of Euroamérica Foundation, the Regional Government of Extremadura, National Heritage and the Provincial Councils of Cáceres and Badajoz.