AquiEuropa, the on-line journal of EU News in the Spanish speaking world, published an interview with Margaretha Mazura, Secretary General of EMF about future EU-LAC (Latin American and Caribbean) relations. With a GDP growth rate 3 to 6 times higher than Europe in 2011, Latin America becomes a powerful player in the global economy. Common challenges such as climate change, the environment as well as societal challenges are important on both sides of the Atlantic. To overcome these, EU and LA should join forces, also in view of the up-coming Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. New technologies, the facilitator for all, paired with the innovative force of SMEs may be the winning formula. The EU-LAC Summit in Santiago in January 2013 will discuss these issues.