In the 6th EU-LAC Foundation Newsletter 2018 an article on the EU-CELAC platform INNOVACT( has been published, written by Begoña Sánchez, Strategies and Policies Manager at TECNALIA Research & Innovation. TECNALIA is part of the INNOVACT consortium, together with Technopolis GroupSpatial ForesightCompetitiveness GroupWAAT and the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN). 

The article highlights INNOVACT achievements such as the mapping reports for the cross-border regions, the cross-border working meetings or the Joint Action Plans under development.

"Among the most important achievements to date, in all the border regions, we can highlight the following: Specific Mapping reports for each of the cross-border regionson the prioritised value chains. These reports are the result of a detailed analysis of the national, regional and local innovation systems; binational cooperation plans and other relevant actions that support innovation at the selected borders as well as national planning in terms of innovation and value chains (...)." Read full article here 

Other experts on EU-CELAC cooperations such as Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation or Sylvia Dohnert, Executive Director of the Compete Caribbean Programme of the Inter- American Development Bank, as well as other EU-CELAC initiatives, e.g. the Ibero-American Programme of Science and Technology for the Development (CYTED), are featured in the Newsletter as well. 

The European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation (EU-LAC Foundation) is a platform for the deepening economic, social and political links between the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean. Its four pillars – Connect, Explore, Venture and Communicate – offer various venues for establishing and maintaining bonds between governments, civil societies and the third sector. It consists of 33 member states from Latin America and the Caribbean, 28 member states from the European Union as well as a representative of the European Union as a whole, comprising of 62 members in total. The aim of the Foundation is to transform and adapt the strategic partnership between the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean into a strengthened and visible reality where the respective societies in both these regions can actively participate.