Monastery of San Jerónimo de Yuste. From July 23rd to July 25th, 2024

An annual course that is co-organised with the EU-LAC Foundation within the framework of the collaboration agreement between the two entities, which was signed in 2021, and in collaboration with other entities working in the field of EU-CELAC relations, such as the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), Euroamérica Foundation, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the University of Extremadura, or on this occasion also the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

The main objective of these courses is to address the challenges faced globally in EU-Latin America and Caribbean relations, contributing through education, reflection, debate, and knowledge transfer to further study and improvement in the implementation of strategies that contribute to the construction of peaceful, just, secure, solidarity-based, and egalitarian societies, thus contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and creating alliances to address the current levels of uncertainty that the world is experiencing, particularly in Europe and Ibero-America.

The course starts from the premise that, in a globalised world like the one we live in, political relations between both regions on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are essential, and multilateralism plays a fundamental role that must be recovered after being threatened in recent years, as the only formula capable of addressing current, future, and global challenges and emergencies. All this while in Europe and the Middle East, war has created new poles of uncertainty that threaten both the stability of the European continent and global peace, and will have unpredictable short, medium, and long-term effects and collateral damage.

At the same time, we witness growing levels of insecurity with astonishment in several countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, and crime and violence, stemming from organised and transnational crime, have long been one of the main concerns of the region’s citizens. These challenges translate into serious dangers to the stability of these countries and the region as a whole, and particularly affect the strength of their democracies, with high levels of corruption, creating at the same time enormous uncertainties and an increasingly perceived sense of insecurity and impunity, fuelling the rise of movements that constantly endanger governance models, democracy, and human rights, including freedom of expression and, consequently, our ways of life.

It is therefore essential to analyse how European Union – Latin America relations can contribute to combating these challenges to strengthen democracy, create more stable societies, and provide greater certainty to stimulate economic growth and investment.

For this purpose, a renewed commitment is necessary, as evidenced at the EU-CELAC Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Brussels in July 2022, under the Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU, which marked the beginning of a new era in these relations and defined the roadmap, a new agenda of work and cooperation between both regions, and an action plan to strengthen relations between both regions, thus allowing us to jointly address the major global challenges.

All this revolves around shared medium and long-term priorities, such as the green transition, the digital transition, and the social transition, and mechanisms such as the Global Gateway, which is relevant to analyse, as well as existing dialogue bodies and their functioning, in order to properly advance in the achievement of these priorities. Security, governance, or the fight against transnational and organised crime are essential priorities that affect all others, including digital and green transitions, the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss, health, food security, and migration.


JAIME ROSSELL GRANADOS. University of Extremadura.

JUAN CARLOS MORENO PIÑERO. Director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation.