The EU-funded ‘EU Policy and Outreach Partnership’ project in South America ends this month. The College of Europe, through its Executive Education, Training and Projects Office, as member of the Consortium led by OEI, has supported the implementation of EU Foreign Policy objectives by strengthening the EU's capacity to engage with different audiences and stakeholders by building mutual trust and understanding through long-term Public Diplomacy, in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay.
Since 2019, the College of Europe has been collaborating with Diplomatic Academies and other key national and regional stakeholders in the region by organising diplomatic, executive and regional trainings, as well as other events and initiatives. The activities targeted different audiences such as influencers (researchers, journalists, think tanks, etc.); decision-makers (congress members, diplomats, civil servants, industry federations, etc.), as well as youth organisations and academics.
The project ended with the implementation of the third edition of the ‘Young Leaders Programme’, organised by the College of Europe. From 16 to 29 October 2023, students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay, who were involved in multiple projects sponsored by EU Delegations and who have demonstrated their potential, were invited to broaden their knowledge about Europe, EU-Latin America relations and future perspectives, and improve their skills in public speaking and political analysis. Participants had the possibility to interact and exchange with high-level officials, such as Federica Mogherini, Rector of the College of Europe, Maria Rosa Sabbatelli, Head of the Global and Transregional Threats & Challenges Unit (FPI), Jordi García Martínez, Desk Officer Argentina, Uruguay and Mercosur (EEAS), Zahra Piñeiro Lozano, FPI Americas Team, and the experts of the training sessions: Marina Costa Lobo, Dinka Krčelić, Eduard Soler i Lecha and Tanya Van Gool.
The College of Europe takes great pride in the excellent participants and beneficiaries of the numerous activities implemented over the four years of this project.
We extend our deepest gratitude to the contracting authority, the stakeholders involved, and all the experts and the dedicated team involved in the project implementation, as their invaluable contributions were instrumental in achieving these results.