EUROsociAL Regional Programme for social cohesion in Latin America
Social cohesion is one of the priorities of the EU-LAC strategic relationship [43 KB] , as affirmed at successive summits of Heads of State and Government (Guadalajara in May 2004, in the Final Declaration of the Vienna Summit in 2006 in the Final Declaration of the Lima Summit in 2008 and in the EU - Latin America and Caribbean Summit: Madrid Declaration .
The EUROsociAL programme reflects the mounting concern over social cohesion, which is seen as a 'common challenge' for the European Union and Latin America.
Activities in the first phase of the EUROsociAL programme (2005-2010) were focused in five themed areas: Education, Employment, Taxation, Justice and Health. The European Commission contributed €31 million to the programme.
Since the programme started, 2354 public institutions (1570 from Latin America, 593 from the European Union Member States and 191 from international bodies) have taken part in 475 different activities. Thanks to the programme's support, the concept of social cohesion has become a frame of reference which is increasingly used in developing public policies in a region which continues to be the most unequal in the world. Through conferences, study visits, exchanges of experience, technical assistance and pilot projects, the political decision‑makers and public officials of Latin America and Europe have had the opportunity to share, with their peers, best practice in public policies to increase social cohesion. The programme has also sponsored exchanges of experience between the public administrations of Latin American countries, much appreciated by those taking part.
EUROsociAL I has played a part in shaping new public policies, introducing innovations into existing policies and strengthening the institutional capacity of the public administrations dealing with those policies. EUROsociAL I has also supported the creation of new international agreements which are very important for social cohesion.
The objective of the second phase of the EUROsociAL programme is to support public policies aiming at improving social cohesion and also to strengthen the institutions which carry out those policies. The programme's overall aim is consistent with one of two priorities of the cooperation between the European Union and Latin America for 2011-2013: regional integration and social and territorial cohesion (see Mid-Term Review of the Regional Strategy Paper ). The programme's total cost of €40 million is financed by the European Commission.
The grant contract for implementing the EUROsociAL II programme was awarded to the consortium led by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP, Spain) and composed of European and Latin American members (please see the 'Composition of the consortium' document for the complete list of partners and associates).
The programme started its work in 2011 and will run for four years.
As in the previous phase, the programme promotes cooperation between the public administrations of the Member States of the European Union and of 18 countries in Latin America.
Its activities will cover the following themes:
- Universal access to quality social services (coordinated by GIZ, Germany)
- Social protection and promotion of active employment policies (coordinated by the Italo-Latin American Institute, Italy)
- Tax systems and public finances to facilitate redistribution and efficiency (coordinated by the FIIAPP, Spain)
- Democratic institutionalism and social dialogue (coordinated by the FIIAPP, Spain) and decentralisation (coordinated by GIZ, Germany)
- Public safety, rights and access to justice (coordinated by France Cooperation International, France)
- Final assessment of EUROsociAL I
- Composition of the EUROsociAL II consortium
- Conclusions and recommendations of the European Union - Latin America Forum on Social Cohesion, 8-10 February 2010, Lima, Peru.