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4 September 2017
PE 602.916v02-00 A8-0279/2017

on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement establishing the EU-LAC International Foundation

(11342/2016 – C8-0458/2016 – 2016/0217(NLE))

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rapporteur: Javier Couso Permuy



on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement establishing the EU-LAC International Foundation

(11342/2016 – C8-0458/2016 – 2016/0217(NLE))


The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the draft Council decision (11342/2016),

–  having regard to the draft agreement establishing the EU-LAC International Foundation (11356/2016),

–  having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 209(2) and Article 212(1), in conjunction with Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a), and Article 218(8), second subparagraph, of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C8-0458/2016),

–  having regard to Rule 99(1) and (4) and Rule 108(7) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (A8-0279/2017),

1.  Gives its consent to the conclusion of the agreement;

2.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission, and the governments and parliaments of the Member States and of the member countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).



Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union launched the ‘Bi-regional Strategic Partnership’ at the First Rio de Janeiro Summit in 1999. Their strong historical, social and economic relations, together with their shared values, formed the basis for this ambitious project whose primary aims are dynamic political dialogue and the establishment of a forum for political and economic exchange between the two regions. The partnership moved to a new level in 2010 with the foundation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Established as a regional political platform bringing together 33 of the American continent’s countries, CELAC has become the EU’s counterpart in the bi-regional partnership.

The EU-LAC Foundation

The European Union – Latin America and Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation) was established in 2010 by the Heads of State or Government of the European Union (EU) and of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The countries of the EU and of CELAC, as well as the EU itself, are its members. The Foundation is a tool of the EU-CELAC partnership and its activities feed into intergovernmental dialogue in line with the bi-regional action plan.

The Foundation has as its mission to strengthen and promote the bi-regional strategic partnership, enhancing its visibility and fostering the active participation of civil societies from the countries concerned.

The Agreement(1) establishing the Foundation as an international organisation was signed on 25 October 2016 in Santo Domingo during the Meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of CELAC and the EU. The European Council is the depositary of the Agreement establishing the EU-LAC International Foundation. The Agreement was opened for ratification on 25 October 2016 and remains so until the date of its entry into force.

The EU-LAC Foundation has a number of programmes that examine the bi-regional relationship, delving more deeply into issues that are part of the bi-regional agenda and identifying within them new aspects of the partnership that might lead to new forms and areas of cooperation between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean.

It also seeks to promote fora for dialogue and reflection with non-governmental actors, thereby enriching and strengthening the intergovernmental process as answers are sought to the challenges faced by societies in both regions.

Promotion of work to analyse and make the bi-regional agenda known enables the EU-LAC Foundation to furnish intergovernmental bodies with proposals and approaches that may be taken into account during decision-making. The Foundation also has numerous publications, documents and bibliographical, academic and governmental reports on EU-LAC relations since 1999. It offers a one-stop service to researchers and others interested in the bi-regional relationship and the issues this covers.

Rapporteur’s justification

Relations between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean are based on deep historical and cultural ties and links between peoples, as well as on international law, full respect for human rights, common values and principles, and mutual interests. The Agreement establishing the EU-LAC Foundation aims to study thoroughly the bi-regional strategic partnership.

The European Union and CELAC have reaffirmed their support for all the purposes and principles set out in the Charter of the United Nations, and their commitment to upholding the sovereign equality of all states, respecting their territorial integrity and political independence, and to upholding the resolution of disputes by peaceful means and in conformity with justice and international law. Commitments have been made to refrain in international relations between the two regions from any behaviour which might contravene these principles, and to avoid recourse to threats or the use of force of any kind which is not in keeping with the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

EU-LAC cooperation has moved forward since CELAC was established in 2010, which is why we are celebrating progress made in improving bi-regional relations. Regional integration, political dialogue, cooperation, solidarity, complementarity and development of national and regional capacity, these are the processes that constitute the basic foundations of multilateralism and a more democratic and integrationist global governance.

The EU-LAC Foundation will enable stronger bi-regional dialogue and in-depth studies of our mutual relationship so it reaches its full potential; it will enable the legitimate expectations of Latin American and EU citizens to be met and an effective response to be found to global challenges.

Finally, the title of the EU-CELAC Brussels Declaration of 11 June 2015 – ‘Shaping our common future: working for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens’ –clearly demonstrates why ratification of the EU-LAC Foundation as an international organisation is fully justified.


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Conclusion of the Agreement establishing the EU-LAC International Foundation


11342/2016 – C8-0458/2016 – JOIN(2016)0034 – 2016/0217(NLE)

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Javier Couso Permuy





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Members present for the final vote

Lars Adaktusson, Petras Auštrevičius, Mario Borghezio, Klaus Buchner, James Carver, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Lorenzo Cesa, Andi Cristea, Georgios Epitideios, Knut Fleckenstein, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Eugen Freund, Michael Gahler, Iveta Grigule, Sandra Kalniete, Manolis Kefalogiannis, Tunne Kelam, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, Andrey Kovatchev, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Barbara Lochbihler, Sabine Lösing, Andrejs Mamikins, Alex Mayer, David McAllister, Tamás Meszerics, Francisco José Millán Mon, Javier Nart, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Demetris Papadakis, Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Alojz Peterle, Julia Pitera, Cristian Dan Preda, Jozo Radoš, Sofia Sakorafa, Alyn Smith, Jordi Solé, Jaromír Štětina, Dubravka Šuica, Charles Tannock, Elena Valenciano, Hilde Vautmans, Anders Primdahl Vistisen, Boris Zala

Substitutes present for the final vote

Elisabetta Gardini, Neena Gill, Ana Gomes, András Gyürk, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Liisa Jaakonsaari, Marek Jurek, Urmas Paet, Mirosław Piotrowski, Miroslav Poche, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Bodil Valero, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Janusz Zemke, Željana Zovko

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

Seb Dance, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser, Marie-Pierre Vieu, Ivan Štefanec

Date tabled







Petras Auštrevičius, Iveta Grigule, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Javier Nart, Urmas Paet, Jozo Radoš, Hilde Vautmans


Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Charles Tannock, Anders Primdahl Vistisen


Fabio Massimo Castaldo


Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Sabine Lösing, Sofia Sakorafa, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Marie-Pierre Vieu


Georgios Epitideios


Lars Adaktusson, Lorenzo Cesa, Michael Gahler, Elisabetta Gardini, András Gyürk, Sandra Kalniete, Manolis Kefalogiannis, Tunne Kelam, Andrey Kovatchev, David McAllister, Francisco José Millán Mon, Alojz Peterle, Julia Pitera, Cristian Dan Preda, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Ivan Štefanec, Jaromír Štětina, Dubravka Šuica, Željana Zovko


Andi Cristea, Seb Dance, Knut Fleckenstein, Eugen Freund, Neena Gill, Ana Gomes, Liisa Jaakonsaari, Andrejs Mamikins, Alex Mayer, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Demetris Papadakis, Ioan Mircea Paşcu, Miroslav Poche, Elena Valenciano, Boris Zala, Janusz Zemke


Klaus Buchner, Barbara Lochbihler, Tamás Meszerics, Alyn Smith, Jordi Solé, Bodil Valero




James Carver


Janusz Korwin-Mikke




Marek Jurek, Mirosław Piotrowski


Mario Borghezio, Jean-Luc Schaffhauser


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0  :  abstentions

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