Brussels, 25 May 2004
EUROsociAL: supporting social cohesion in
Commission is keeping its commitment to support social cohesion in Latin America
with the launch of EUROsociAL, a €30 million programme for the region.
With this 5 year programme, the Commission will assist Latin American countries
to develop and implement social policies that will contribute to reducing the
gap between the rich and the poor in the region. EUROsociAL aims to strengthen
social cohesion by developing, among those responsible for preparing public
policy, the necessary capacity to take into account the social dimension. Focus
will be given to health, education, administration of justice, employment and
The sharing of experiences and good practice between European and Latin
American institutions will be the heart of the activities that this initiative
will promote in the coming years. Thanks to EUROsociAL the persons responsible
in Latin-American countries for the design, approval and implementation of
public policies that affect social cohesion will have the opportunity to
observe, analyse and discuss the difficulties and the successes experienced by
European as well as by Latin American countries in managing them as means of
achieving social cohesion and integration.
EUROsociAL objectives are to raise awareness at the political level as well
as to improve the capacities of public authorities and public administrations in
formulating and applying policies effective in promoting social inclusion and
cohesion. To achieve these objectives, the programme foresees dialogue on
policies, visits on the ground, training activities, residential workshops,
seminars, diffusion of methodologies on the achievements, the topics and the
aspects of policies which have a connection with the problems of social
cohesion. Building on these contacts and the sharing of good practice, the best
projects involving the transfer of experiences which have multiplying potential
will be identified and carried out in some Latin American countries.
The implementation of EUROsociAL will be entrusted to the International
Labour Organisation (for the ‘Employment’ policy) and, after a call
for proposals, to four consortia (one for each policy sector) grouping public
institutions of the EU and Latin America. These consortia will create a network
of European and Latin American public institutions in charge of the health,
education, administration of justice and taxation policies which are interested
in sharing best practice.
The programme Steering Committee will be composed of the European Commission,
the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) and the Comisión Económica para América Latina y
el Caribe (CEPAL) and will assure the coherence of the programme with the
co-operation policies implemented by multilateral organizations.
More information on the EU’s relations with Latin America at