To carry out its missions, the Intelligence College in Europe organises for its Members three types of activities in close cooperation with Academia: thematic seminars, outreach activities and an academic programme.

The activities proposed by the College are developed in close cooperation with Members. They comply with the rules of ethics and security common to our intelligence services. So far, the College organised over 40 activities. In the academic year 2022-2023 alone, 24 Activities have been organised, thus more than in the three previous academic years together.

The Intelligence College in Europe offers its Members thematic seminars on various subjects of interest to European national intelligence communities. Through workshops, discussions and roundtables, these seminars are an opportunity to exchange views between intelligence services, as well as with experts from the public sphere.

Seminars take place in the host member country. However, the College has also started organising webinars due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

Since its launch, the College organised 14 Thematic seminars and webinars.

Last seminar


Last 12/04/2024, the Intelligence College in Europe, together with the Centro Nacional

de Inteligencia (CNI) (Spain), organized a Webinar on the topic “European Union-Latin

America Strategic Relations” at the University of Alcalá, Madrid (Spain).

The moderator of the event was JORGE DE LA CABALLERIA, an experienced official at

the EU Commission, closely linked to the strategic relations with Latin America, in his

capacity as Head of the Latin American Unit of the Directorate-General for International

Partnerships B (DG-INTPA B) of the European Union.

The speakers were:


He has ample experience and prestige in the region and has been Executive Secretary of

the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) until September

2022. He currently works as an academic in Italy and Mexico.


She is Head of the Americas Regional Division in the European External Action Service,

responsible for coordinating relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. Next EU

Ambassador to Chile.


He is Global Head of Economy and Vice President of Grupo Santander. He has extensive

experience in the region.

Professor Francisco Pascual Vives of the University of Alcalá (UAH), director of the

Institute of Latin American Studies, acted as host on behalf of the UAH, Spain.

The European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean represent more than one

third of the members of the United Nations and are a driving force in favour of a strong

rules-based multilateral system.

After eight years without summits, in 2023, the meeting of the Community of Latin

American and Caribbean States (CELAC) with the European Union was held in Brussels.

This meeting concluded with important agreements being reached in all areas,

highlighting the importance of trade cooperation, one of the most widespread networks

in the world, with a total trade in goods and services amounting to €369 billion in 2022.

The EU is the main investor in LATAM, but it is worryingly losing ground to China.

Cooperation in security has also increased in recent years due to the significant rise of

organized crime in Latin American institutions and its connections with transnational

crime networks, and furthermore, because of the deteriorating security situation in

many of the countries of the continent.

Despite the holding of these Summits and the need to simplify international relations

through organizations such as ECLAC, all the speakers agreed on pointing out that

LATAM is not a unit, but a complex and heterogeneous territory where it is essential to

know the idiosyncrasy of each country, since each one has its own problems, and the

formulas that work in one country may not be applicable to another country.

The same applies to the EU’s green agenda. These demands cannot be transferred

automatically to Latin America, both due to historical reasons and to the current

economic reality. One cannot extrapolate an idea from one part of the world to another.

There is a great asymmetry, due to the industrialization era in Europe, which gives it a

head start of 200 years.

The structure of LATAM is different from that of Europe. LATAM needs to be part of the

process, not just a recipient of investments. More re-industrialization agreements are


Security plays a fundamental role in the fabric of the EU-LATAM cooperation, and it is

precisely in this area that the European Intelligence and Security Services can play an

important role.

From the point of view of investments, LATAM stands out for its potential in the areas

of food, energy and good level of training of its human resources. Rising demography

rates are considered a plus for investments (800 million people in 2050). The main

weaknesses are: Social inequality, poor infrastructures, the need for increased foreign

investment and greater involvement of institutions. It is always advisable to work with

a local partner in the project you want to start and choose the country very carefully,

since not all bear the same qualities.

China’s influence in the region was also discussed, based mainly on its investment

potential and the ease with which China quickly provides for, and covers, the existing

needs. In this sense, it is considered important to be able to make LATAM see that the

cheapest option is not always the best one, without asking them to give up China. Thus,

the Global Gateway initiative could become an alternative to the Silk Road and offer

something different from what the Asian country offers: Sustainability and employment.

Previous seminars

Seminar on Intelligence and Decision Making, Madrid

Thematic Seminar on “How to implement strategic issues in the intelligence work?”

French seminar on open-source intelligence (OSINT)

“Psychology in the Service of Intelligence” Seminar

Seminar on “Intelligence Services and Society”

ESDC Doctoral School Conference, Brussels 11th July 2022

Intelligence Cooperation in the 21st Century

Anticipation by Intelligence, Seminar in Vienna

Intelligence and Space Seminar in Paris

Seminar “The Societal Response To Radicalisation And The Role Of The Security Environment”

Webinar “Hybrid Threats and their Impact on European Security”

Webinar “European security challenges”

The College’s outreach scope includes every non-operational subject of interest to European national intelligence communities, and relating to general methodology and specific strategic issues. These actions, carried out through an academic prism, can be initiated by the College or at the behest of the European institutions and academic partners.

The outreach sessions organised by the College are mainly intended for national and European decision-makers, employees of European institutions, as mentioned in Article 13 of the Treaty of the European Union, as well as members of the academic world. Broader civil society, such as students and researchers, can take part in outreach sessions, under certain conditions.

Outreach sessions can also take the form of professional and academic publications produced by academics or intelligence professionals, and published in academic journals or online.

Since its launch, the College organised 15 outreach events.

The Intelligence College in Europe offers to intelligence officers of member countries a range of specific courses and education training developed in close partnership with Academia, to help build better mutual understanding.

The College’s Academic Programme does not promote a single vision, but can facilitate contact with different strategic cultures and completes training offers developed at the national level.

The Academic Programme aims at providing flexible and professional training to College Members. The courses are organised in modules and meet the concrete needs of intelligence professionals.

It exists in two formats: a yearly executive education programme and post-graduate courses.

Since its launch, the College organised 13 education and training sessions.