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EU-LAC – GIGA Seminar, Hamburg, 17-18 September 2012

The EU-LAC Foundation and the GIGA (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) are organising an international seminar about the relations between the EU, Latin America and the Caribeean which is taking place in Hamburg on 17th and 18th September 2012.

“New Grounds for the Relations between the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean – towards a Relevant Partnership” – this is the subject chosen for the first seminar organised by the EU-LAC Foundation in cooperation with the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, which will take place in Hamburg on 17^th and 18^th September.

The countries of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean launched the strategic partnership process more than a decade ago. Since then, the global context has changed significantly and the current worldwide economic crisis presents new challenges to the bi-regional partnership. Therefore, the seminar calls for a reflection on the grounds of the partnership between Latin America, Caribbean and the European Union, focussing on the opportunities that the new context provides for both regions and their populations.

Over 80 participants from both regions and various sectors (including academics, high-level officials, opinion makers and entrepreneurs) will discuss topics such as the emergence of new geopolitical poles, the economic and political boom of Latin America, as well as climate change. The seminar will be inaugurated with an opening act by invitation of the First Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz. Opening speakers include, amongst others, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, President of the EU-LAC Foundation, Detlef Nolte, Acting President of GIGA, and Leonel Fernández, former President of the Dominican Republic and current President of the EU-LAC Foundation’s Strategic Partner FUNGLODE.

Although participation in this seminar is by invitation only, the EU-LAC Foundation will provide public information on the Seminar as it unfolds, including through Twitter. The Foundation’s Twitter Account will be working with full speed by the beginning of September. Please do follow by subscribing here: