IRELAC is the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Relations between European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a non-profit research organization under Belgian law open to the universities, research organizations and individual experts in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. It works as an interdisciplinary network of many universities and academic experts dealing with the relations between the two regions, especially focused upon analysing the bi-regional academic relations and cooperation. It provides an experimented expertise and analytic capacity on socio-economic and policy-oriented issues, especially on the macroeconomic development of the region and each country, the processes of regional integration, local development, social inclusion and gender equality, focusing on the interplay of economic, political, social and environmental issues.
IRELAC worked and is still working with the European Commission.
From 2011 to 2014, to the Project “Conocimiento, Inclusión, Desarrollo – CID” as member of a consortium coordinated by the Fondazione CRUI – Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities.
From 2012 to 2016 to the project NETCERMAT – EU-LA NETWORK IN CERAMIC MATERIALS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL AND INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
in which IRELAC was in charge of the impact assessment of nanotechnologies, Under the coordination of the University of Barcelona.
Presently IRELAC is coordinator of a Jean Monnet Network dedicated to the issues of “Crisis – Equity – Democracy”, under an ERASMUS+ project gathering five academic high level partners.