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January 28, 2021 | 4:00 pm Bruselas - 9:00 am Centroamérica

The human and economic consequences of the great global health crisis caused by COVID-19 is forcing us to innovate in public policies in the countries of Latin America and Europe, to improve resilience and achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda, leaving no one behind.

This discussion shares the content of the second issue of RECÍPROCAMENTE magazine, which this issue focuses on the post-pandemic reconstruction as a key element of social cohesion. The discussion will feature the participation of writers from this issue.

RECÍPROCAMENTE, a magazine issued by the EU EUROsociAL+ programme, is a forum for sharing points of view from both the European Union and Latin America on common problems that require shared solutions. It features high-level contributions whose authors are from both sides of the Atlantic, addressing key issues for an inclusive and resilient recovery.

Articles and the full magazine are available, in English and in Spanish.


  • Jorge Onrubia. Doctor in Economics and professor at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM-ICEI). Associate researcher at the Foundation for Applied Economics Studies (FEDEA)
  • Lourdes Bermejo.Doctor in Educational Sciences and Vice President of Gerontology at the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG).
  • Rodrigo Martinez. Social Affairs Officer, Social Development Division, ECLAC.
  • Nadine Gasman.President of the National Women’s Institute (INMUJERES) of Mexico.
  • Marc Litvine.Head of Sector Regional Programs and for Latin America, EU International Partnerships. European Commission.
  • Juan Manuel Santomé.Director of the EU EUROSociAL+ Programme.
  • Laura Cárdenas Lorenzo (moderator). Journalist and communication expert at EUROsociAL+.


January 21, 2021 | 11:00 am Santiago de Chile - 3:00 pm Bruselas

This session is part of the series of webinars “Chile-Europe Dialogues” organised by the Library of the National Congress, the Directorate of International Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies and the Delegation of the European Union in Chile, with support from the EUROsociAL+EU programme to promote social cohesion.

Democratic systems and, therefore, the constitutions that found them, gravitate around three pillars that must be guaranteed simultaneously and to the highest extent: freedom (Rule of Law), real equality in the living conditions of citizens (Social State) and participation in decision-making (Democratic State).

The series of webinars revolves around six panel discussions. Panel Discussion I reflects on this third aspect: the current state of democracy. The growth of groups participating at a disadvantage in the face of global capitalism and the crises affecting traditional political parties have created the conditions for the emergence of populist movements and parties.

January 15, 2021 | 11:00 am Santiago de Chile - 3:00 pm Bruselas

Preparing and approving a new Constitution is the most important moment in the political life of a community: it expresses and updates the social contract between all citizens and the rules of the political game for this and subsequent generations. Chileans not only intend to develop and approve a Constitution suitable for their historical circumstances, but something even more audacious: to carry out a model process that could mark a watershed in situations of this type. In this context, looking beyond one’s borders is a valuable approach for redesigning the institutions themselves. The European Union can provide truly valuable models, experiences and practices to be taken into account, both in the field of fundamental rights and even within the institutional sphere itself.

Hence the opportunity of this series of webinars called “Chile-Europe Dialogues” that is proposed here, organised by the Mixed Parliamentary Commission National Congress/ European Parliament, the National Library of Congress of Chile, the latter fulfilling its mission of collaborating in civic training and linking Parliament with citizens, and the Delegation of the European Union in Chile, with support from the EUROsociAL+EU programme to promote social cohesion.

These webinars are been organised into six panel discussions, each with different sessions, and will take place in the coming months until the establishment of the Constitutional Convention. It is a question of identifying the crucial questions that every constitutional process must face these days and providing some of the essential answers and, in particular, addressing pivotal questions in the public debate in Chile.

December 18, 2020 | 10:00 am Santiago de Chile - 2:00 pm Bruselas

December 2020 marks precisely 20 years since Chile began the criminal procedure reform, a public policy that modernised the old inquisitorial system, replacing it with an oral and accusatory model in which the functions of investigating, prosecuting and passing sentence are divided into the causes, framework in which the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Public Defender’s Office were created.

Two decades after the beginning of this process, this seminar is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements that this system has shown and the challenges posed to respond to the current needs of Chilean society, both from the perspective of rights and access to justice and the structural reforms required by the system. This issue is a priority for the Chilean Public Defender’s Office, since its mission involves guaranteeing many of the rights that are currently being debated and reviewed in the framework of the constitutional process.

The aim of this seminar is to tackle a technical discussion that also allows the current evaluation of justice in Chile to be analysed, regarding the results shown by a recent public opinion study developed by the Public Defender’s Office that shows a general decline in the evaluation received by the institutions of the justice system.

This event is co-organised by the Chilean Public Defender’s Office and the Delegation of the European Union in Chile, in collaboration with the EUROsociAL+ Programme of the European Union.

December 4, 2020 | 10:00 am Buenos Aires y São Paulo - 2:00 pm París y Madrid

The analysis of the connection between gender and economic crimes – among which corruption stands out – is the centre of this dialogue, which seeks to make visible the direct and negative impacts of corruption suffered by girls and women as a vulnerable population. The debate focuses on the elements that can strengthen strategies and tools for the inclusion of a gender perspective in public policies.

During the sessions, issues such as gender relations within criminal structures and markets were discussed in order to make visible, question and analyse the way in which they operate around systems of collective interaction, thereby generating new questions and inputs aimed at understanding these economic crimes, which include corruption.

This event is organised by European Women Lawyers Association Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law and by the Gender Equality policy area of the EU’s EUROsociAL+ programme

December 1, 2020 | 9:00 am México - 10:00 am Colombia y Perú

Presentation of the comparative analysis of the evaluation and certification systems of labour competency of the people in the countries of the Pacific Alliance. The presentation of this study, in addition to strengthening the links and cooperative relationships between the entities of the labour competency certification systems and the European Union, is a relevant milestone that allows the structural, technical and methodological characteristics of these systems to be made transparent, identifying their similarities and differences, and eliminating opacities when moving towards their homologation.

The study consists of a descriptive chapter of the systems for each member country of the Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico), a comparative chapter of the certification systems and an executive summary that synthesises the comparison of the systems and establishes recommendations for advancing the purposes of homologation.

This activity is co-organised by the Pacific Alliance, the Ministry of Labour of Colombia, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Mexico, the Ministry of Labour and Employment Promotion of Peru, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Chile, the Public Employment Agency of Peru (SENA), CONOCER México, Chile Valora and by the area of Social Policies of the EU EUROsociAL+ Programme.


November 26, 2020 | 4:30 pm París - 9:30 am Centroamérica

To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on 25 November 2020, the European Union Program for Social Cohesion in Latin America EUROsociAL + organises, from the area of Gender Equality policies, an event for present the contributions that the program has made in the area of violence against women. As part of an internal exercise to capitalise on experiences, EUROsociAL+ seeks to federate actors from Latin America and Europe around spaces for dialogue and common challenges, opportunities for collaboration and networking, which could reinforce the efforts made, from a bi-regional optics.


November 25, 2020 | 4:00 pm París - 10:00 am Quito

An activity to present the publication Validity of the Convention of Belém do Pará at XXV years, which shows innovative collaboration initiatives between Latin America and Europe related to gender violence. The activity is in turn a posthumous tribute to Linda Poole, ideologist of the Inter-American Convention to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women.

This activity is co-organised by the Inter-American Network of Refuges (RIRE) , the Inter-American Commission of Women- OAS, the Follow-up Mechanism of the Convention of Belém do Pará (MESECVI) and by the Gender Equality policy area of the EU EUROsociAL+ programme.

November 23, 2020 | 5:00 pm Madrid - 11:00 am Bogotá

What is sexual corruption? Does it affect men and women equally? What is the definition of sextortion as a criminal offence? What is the link between corruption and human trafficking? These are some of the questions that this activity has tried to answer.

Corruption is not neutral. It impacts differently on women and girls in Latin America who experience corrupt practices more frequently and in specific ways because of their gender and their vulnerable situation. Understanding these differentiated impacts of corruption on women and girls in Latin America and generating public policy proposals to address this problem are the project objectives of the EU EUROsociAL+ programme “Women and Corruption” and the work articulated with the Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors, AIAMP, through its Anti-Corruption and Human Trafficking networks – PROTEX.

This activity has been co-organised by the Ibero-American Association of Public Prosecutors (AIAMP), the Ibero-American Network of Prosecutors against Corruption and the Democratic Governance policy area of the EU EUROsociAL+ Programme.

November 12, 2020 | 2:30 pm Brasilia - 6:30 pm Bruselas

This activity’s objective is to assist the Court of Justice of the Federal District and Territories of Brazil in the approval and effective application of developmental and application rules related to the use of alternative methods of conflict resolution, especially community mediation and circular processes. Such rules will be aimed at ensuring conditions so that people with disabilities who are impeded in their access to the justice system, can access the judiciary whenever necessary and also have, at the community level, adequate tools and mechanisms for the peaceful resolution of disputes.

The Seminar is part of the Technical Assistance of the Democratic Governance Area of the EU EUROsociAL+ programme to the Court of Justice of the Federal District and Territories (Community Justice Programme) of Brazil for the improvement of access to justice through the national expansion of community mediation before the Courts of Justice.

This action also had technical support of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers, as the winner of a technical assistance contract, within the framework of the EUROsociAL+ Programme.