EUROsociAL is a programme of the European Commission for cooperation between Europe and Latin America. Its objective is to contribute to changes in public policies that improve social cohesion through peer-to-peer learning and experience exchanges between counterpart institutions in the two regions.
The first phase of the programme (2005-2010) arose in the context of the LAC-EU Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Guadalajara in 2005, at which the importance of social cohesion as a priority element in the bi-regional strategic partnership was explicitly manifested. EUROsociAL I contributed to the formulation of new public policies, to the introduction of innovations within the framework of existing policies, and to strengthening the institutional capacities of the government agencies responsible for these policies. The first phase also supported the establishment of very important international commitments from the perspective of social cohesion and demonstrated the relevance of peer-to-peer exchange as an institutional cooperation tool.