Project funded under FP7
Contract number: 217190
Instrument: CSA (Support)
1) Milestones of the EU-LAC Cooperation
The strategic partnership between the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) began with the first summit of Heads of State or Government of both regions in
Priorities for the EU-Latin American co-operation have been defined as follows:
- The fight against poverty and social inequality;
- The consolidation of good governance and the promotion of peace;
- Economic co-operation, trade development and support for regional integration.
“Knowledge Sharing and
2) EU-LAC Regional Cooperation Programmes
With a view to developing closer ties between
In the following some important cooperation programmes are listed:
The second half of 2009 will build the
The URB-AL programme, that initiated its third phase in 2008, develops direct and lasting links between European and Latin American local communities through the dissemination, acquisition and application of the best practice in the urban policy field.
AL-Invest IV, an economic co-operation programme also launched in 2008, will continue to support the internationalisation of Latin American small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
In the area of higher education, the ALFA III programme focuses on the cooperation for modernising and reforming higher education systems in
To reinforce the partnership between the European Union and
In the Renewable Energy Sector the Euro-Solar programme acts as a cooperation platform between the European Union and
A further initiative to identify and develop all opportunities offered by the partnership between the EU and the LAC region is the European Union - Latin America Relations Observatory OBREAL EULARO, a network set up by 23 academic institutions and research centers in Europe and
The EULAKS project, with its objective to build a EU-LAC collaboration space in the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH), will complement the listed horizontal cooperation programmes of the European Commission.
EULAKS incorporates into the wider EULARINET (Co-ordinating Latin America Research and Innovation NETworks) which is a 4-year Coordination Action to strengthen the bi-regional dialogue on S&T between EU Member States,
OBREAL EULARO: www.obreal.unibo.it
3) ICT and Information Societies in LAC
The use and influence of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) on the creation of knowledge and knowledge societies is considerable. The World Summits on the Information Society (WSIS) underpinned this credo as the UNESCO stated that the global information society was only useful if it favoured the development of knowledge societies and aimed at human development based on human rights.
In the concrete cooperation between LAC and the EU, four EU-LAC Information Society Ministerial Meetings have been held. The main result, the Lisbon declaration, expresses the support to the strengthening of the EU-LAC research and development cooperation, notably in the context of the Seventh EU Framework Programme for research; it also acknowledges the progress made in the interconnection among the Latin American (redCLARA) and European (GEANT) networks, which provide a solid basis for scientific bi-regional cooperation; and it affirms its interest to continue and intensify the dialogue between i2010 (the EU policy framework for the information society and media) and eLAC2007 (Strategy for the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean) .
Both projects are specific support actions (SSA) funded by the European Commission with the aim to deepen strategic Research and Development cooperation between Europe and
4) The eLAC initiative
Another important initiative in the field of Information Societies in Latin America was launched by the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC), the eLAC action plan “Strategy for the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean” which is already in its second phase of implementation (eLAC 2010).
eLAC is a regionally concerted strategy that conceives of Information and Communications Technologies as instruments for economic development and social inclusion in Latin America and the
The Lisbon Declaration underlines the importance of implementing the activities included in the Regional Action Plan eLAC2007 and its progress, which had the technical cooperation of various regional organisations and networks, in particular ECLAC, OAS and INFOLAC (Programa de la Sociedad de la Información para América Latina y el Caribe).