The EU-LAT Network is a pluralistic network of European movements and organizations that promote solidarity between the people of Latin America and Europe. The network was founded on October 11, 2017 after two European networks – CIFCA (Copenhagen Initiative for Central America and Mexico) and Grupo Sur – decided to join forces in order to strengthen their advocacy actions to promote participatory European policies, with a gender perspective, that contributes to the comprehensive respect for human rights, democratization and sustainable development in Latin America.
CIFCA was founded in 1991 as a diverse network of European civil society movements and organizations that promotes solidarity among Central America, Mexico and Europe. It aimed at promoting participatory European policies that contribute to the respect and protection of human rights, participatory democracy and sustainable and inclusive development in Central America and Mexico. Grupo Sur was a political alliance between European NGOs that share objectives and strategies for building solidarity alternatives for development aid between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean. Grupo Sur carries out awareness raising activities and advocacy work with the EU and its member states from a feminist and human rights perspective.
Mision and vision
The EU-LAT Network’s mission is to promote participatory European policies that contribute to the comprehensive respect of human rights, gender equality, democratization and a fair, inclusive, and sustainable model of society in Latin America. The practices of political dialogue, cooperation and trade between the parties must be governed by these guiding principles and, as an essential element of trade agreements, must have possibilities of enforceability and justiciability.
The EU-LAT Network has the vision of being an active, relevant, influential, strengthened and inclusive network that acts as a reference for both civil society and policymakers in Europe in its capacity for advocacy and dialogue for advocacy and dialogue, with consolidated alliances with other actors of civil society to transform EU-Latin America relations.
What we do
The General Objective of the EU-LAT Network is to promote the transformation of European policies related to Latin America so that human rights are respected, protected, guaranteed and promoted in the areas of political dialogue, development cooperation and trade and investments. The EU-LAT Network develops its political action within the framework of relations between the EU and Latin America, promoting strategic alliances with other key actors in the EU, in Latin America and globally. The EU-LAT Network’s political activities are defined by its Five-year Plan. The Annual Reports are presented to the General Assembly and show the goals achieved by the network.
The EU-LAT Network is composed of a General Assembly, an Executive Secretariat, a Board of Directors, aPresident and Working Groups.
The General Assembly is the network’s highest decision-making body and is composed by all members, with one vote each one. It elects the President and defines the political and strategic direction of the network. The General Assembly may establish Working Groups, depending on the areas and specific objectives defined by it.
The Executive Secretariat, based in Brussels, is responsible for coordinating the lobby strategies and the network’s internal work . It guarantees the achievement of the objectives and strategies established by the General Assembly and the Annual Work Plan.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is composed of seven directors, of which 6 belong to member organizations and one is an individual member, elected by the General Assembly. It monitors the work of the network and guides the Executive Secretariat in defining the network’s Strategic Plan and Work plan. It has the political responsibility to ensure the consistency of activities undertaken by the network.
The EU-LAT Network is financed through membership fee, projects funded by cooperation agencies, individual organizations (public and private) and private donations.
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The EU-LAT Network is composed of 40 organizations from 12 European countries and individual members.
The EU-LAT Network is also a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) an informal grouping of NGOs operating at the EU-level in the broader areas of human rights, democracy and conflict prevention.