The European Union will support Latin America in the area of cooperation with 2.5 billion euros up to 2020, as announced by EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs at the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels during the conference organized byEUROsociAL, theProgramme for Social Cohesion in Latin America led by the FIIAPP, and the Commission under the heading “Support policies, connect institutions. Euro-Latin American dialogue on public policies for social cohesion”
El Comisario Europeo de Desarrollo, Andris Piebalgs, en el encuentro de EUROsociAL 2014.The EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, at the 2014 EUROsociAL conference
“This aid package marks a new step in the way we work with Latin America, and sends a very strong signal of our commitment to continuing to support the region’s development efforts. I’m convinced that this new chapter in our relationship will see our partnership flourishing”, assured Piebalgs before the announcement of the new financial package.
After consulting with the Latin American partner countries, the areas where this economic aid will be focused are security, good governance, accountability and social equity, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, environmental sustainability, resilience, climate change, and education and training programmes for young people under Erasmus+.
Piebalgs made the announcement at the opening of the “Support policies, connect institutions. Euro-Latin American Dialogue on public policies for social cohesion” conference—which started yesterday and ends this afternoon—aimed at taking stock of the four years of EUROsociAL’s work in 19 Latin American countries in the areas of public policies on education, employment and justice, among others, and at establishing a debate between European, European Community and Latin American public institutions on the future of cooperation between the two regions.
EUROsociAL has become the flagship programme of the European Union and Latin America for social cohesion. It takes an innovative approach that produces quantifiable results despite a relative limited budget divided among 19 partner countries and 10 thematic areas. The total contribution of the EU totals 70 million euros: 30 million euros in the first phase (2004-2009) and 40 million euros in the second one (2011-2014).