FAES Campus 2014
FAES Foundation organises from 30 June to 6 July the eleventh edition of its FAES Campus, which will take place in Guadarrama, Madrid (Centro de Congresos Fray Luis de León).
The FAES Campus is a privileged framework where students—around sixty in each course—enjoy first-rate lectures and participate in closed-door debates which take place following the lectures.
The Campus is aimed at a broad public interested in politics—students, researchers, professors, etc—as well as people who work in politics.
The courses are the following:
Employment: a global challenge (30 June and 1 de July)
Directed by Miguel Marín
The aim of the course of Economy and Public Policies of the Campus 2014 is to analyse from different areas the current situation and the possible measures that will enable Spain to compete with the most dynamic economies of the world, as well as to create enough employment in a sustainable way and continuously over time, in order to ensure the future sustainability of the Welfare State.
The territorial Constitution and the secessionist challenge (2 and 3 July)
Directed by Ignacio Astarloa
Catalonia’s regional government, led by its President, is moving forward a secessionist process that puts into question not only the territorial integrity and pluralism, but also the Rule of Law, the democratic procedures and the principles of constitutional coexistence. In the Basque Country, the Plan Ibarreche has not been reissued in parallel, but a parliamentary committee has been established, like then, in order to study the “new status”, and relevant nationalist spokespeople are already talking about a confederation and the right to decide. Meanwhile, the heirs to Batasuna, who are back in the institutions, defend their old secessionist project due to which so much blood has been shed. In Navarra, its socialism has intended to replace the current Government by means of the votes of Bildu. Given these developments, it must be clear to us what we need to do in order to defend and strengthen the State model, constitutionally agreed upon. The response that the different secessionist offensives deserve, the need to strengthen and update the State of Autonomous Regions and the scope of the different alternatives being formulated to this model of territorial organization will be discussed in this course.
The Atlantic basin: challenges and opportunities (4 and 5 July)
Directed by Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo
The Atlantic link continues to be essential with regard to our safety and gathers all the necessary elements to create welfare and opportunities for millions of people throughout the world. However, it needs to be re-examined, strengthened and deeply renewed. How? With whom? To which purpose? On the basis of which principles? These are some of the issues the International course of the 2014 FAES Campus will seek to discuss. This will be done with Spanish and foreign experts and with a new view of the Atlantic as a great community of values, objectives and interests.
Opening session: 30 June
Closing session: 6 July
06/07/2014 The Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and the president of the FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, have closed on Sunday 6 July, the eleventh edition of the FAES Campus. Aznar said that "since 2004 the FAES Campus has become a point of reference for discussion and significance in the field of public policy in Spain."
05/07/2014 This afternoon, the 2014 FAES Campus 'The Atlantic basin: Challenges and Opportunities' course finished with the 'the Western Values and the Future of Europe' roundtable. Guy Sorman, French economist and writer, Ana Palacio, former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Víctor Pérez Díaz, sociologist and writer, took part in it.
05/07/2014 Today at the FAES Campus Sebastián Piñera, former President of Chile, argued that “the political centre of the world has shifted towards the Pacific, but the Atlantic has a lot to say and can regain its leading role”. He defined the Transatalntic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the free trade agreement that is being negotiated between the European Union and the United States, as “a step in the right direction”. Jaime García-Legaz, Secretary of State for Trade, who introduced Piñera, stressed that “Spain cannot afford to waste its capacity to access the Atlantic basin...
This morning, 2014 FAES Campus held a roundtable with the representatives of the Venezuelan democratic opposition. They provided a first-hand view of the current situation in Venezuela and analysed the links between democracy and the Rule of Law. María Corina Machado and Julio Borges, Deputies of Venezuela’s National Assembly and Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao, participated in the conference and were introduced by the Cuban writer Carlos Alberto Montaner.
The 2014 FAES Campus ‘The Atlantic basin: Challenges and Opportunities course’ finished with the roundtable ‘Reestablishing the Atlantic link (I): security and defence’. Oleg Rybachuk, former Ukranian Deputy Prime Minister, Josep Piqué, former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former German Ministry of Defence, took part in it.
04/07/2014 José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain and President of the FAES Foundation, launched today at the 2014 FAES Campus the A New Atlantic Community: Generating Growth, Human Development and Security in the Atlantic Hemisphere white paper, set in motion by the Atlantic Basin Initiative, chaired and launched by Aznar at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations of the Johns Hopkins University, of which he is a distinguished fellow. The paper calls for the redefinition of a new Atlantic community that includes South America, Central America and the Atlantic countries in Africa, based on...
This morning, the 2014 FAES Campus ‘The Atlantic basin: Challenges and Opportunities’ course, directed by Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, started with a roundtable in which Mikuláš Dzurinda, former Prime Minister and President of Slovakia, and Simon Serfaty, Senior Professor of Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, took part. They were introduced by Charles Powell, Elcano Royal Institute Director, and they addressed the situation of the Transatlantic relations and the future of the Atlantic community.
30/06/2014 María Dolores de Cospedal, Secretary-General of the People’s Party and President of Castilla la Mancha, opened the eleventh edition of FAES Campus, which will take place until next Sunday, 6 July. In the photo, Cospedal with José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain and President of FAES Foundation, who delivered a welcome address; Jesús Posada, President of the Congress of Deputies; and Javier Zarzalejos, Director of the Campus. Read Cospedal's address
03/07/2014 Gómez de la Serna | Núñez Feijóo | 'The federal alternative' | Tajadura | 'Lessons from the Scottish and Quebecker cases' | Aragón Reyes | Fabra and Aguirre | 'Public opinion and secessionism. The Catalan case' | Barreda | 'Navarre and the Basque nationalist projects'
2014 FAES Campus devoted a significantly part of the today’s session to the analysis of the nationalists offensives deployed in the Basque Country and Catalonia and to the answers they both deserve. This was respectively conducted by Leopoldo Barreda, Deputy Spokesman of the Popular Parliamentary Group of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, and Francesc de Carreras, professor of Constitutional Law at the Autónoma University of Barcelona.
03/07/2014 This morning, the President of the Regional Government of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, took part in the 2014 Campus FAES ‘The Territorial Constitution and the Secessionist Challenge’ course. Fabra, introduced by the Regional President of the PP party in Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, delivered an address on ‘Spain: Unity, Autonomy and Solidarity’. José María Aznar, President of FAES Foundation, Javier Zarzalejos, Director of FAES Campus, and Ignacio Astarloa, Director of FAES Foundation Constitution and Institutions Department, also participated in the conference.
03/07/2014 This morning, Manuel Aragón Reyes, Professor of Constitutional Law and former Judge of the Spanish Constitutional Court stated at the 2014 FAES Campus that “the euphemistically called ‘right to decide’ is openly unconstitutional and cannot find shelter in any legal reform”. “No constitution permits or can permit the secession of part of a national community just because said part is willing to break away from the rest of the country”, he highlighted during his ‘Constitution and Secession’ address.
02/07/2014 Wednesday's session finished with the 'Lessons from the Scottish and Quebecker cases' roundtable, chaired by Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Secretary of State for the European Union. Alberto Dorrego and Alfonso Cuenca, Legal Advisors to the Spanish Parliament took part in it.
Today Javier Tajadura, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of the Basque Country, took part in the 2014 FAES Campus course “The Territorial Constitution and the Secessionist Challenge”.
02/07/2014 Juan José Solozábal, Profesor of Constitucional Law at the Autónoma University of Madrid delivered an address on the federal alternative to the current territorial model, chaired by Juan Ignacio Echáinz, Minister for Health and Social Affairs of the Castille-La Manga Community.
02/07/2014 The President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, took part in the first session of the 2014 Campus FAES ‘The Territorial Constitution and the Secessionist Challenge’ course, where he delivered an address on ‘The Strengthening of the State of Autonomies’. José María Aznar, President of FAES Foundation, Javier Zarzalejos, Director of FAES Campus, and Ignacio Astarloa, Director of FAES Foundation Constitution and Institutions Department, also participated in the conference.
The spokesperson for the Constitutional Commission of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Pedro Gómez de la Serna, stated that “there is not the slightest possibility of reaching or negotiating an agreement with the Catalan nationalism, and we have to accept it and manage this issue politically”, at the FAES Campus. According to him, a secessionist process that is “perfectly structured and irreversible” as the Catalan one “can only be balanced out by other parallel process that leads it to a dead end”.
2014 FAES Campus on employment and delivered an address on “Employment from the Successful Perspective”. José María Aznar, President of FAES Foundation, Javier Zarzalejos, FAES Campus Director, Miguel Marín, Director of FAES Foundation Economy and Public Policies, and Chile’s former Finance Minister, Juan Pablo Longueira, also took part in the session.
01/07/2014 FAES Foundation launched, Tuesday 1st, a report on the labour market in Spain, in which its current situation is analysed and ten proposals for improvement are developed. Some of them are: simplifying contract modalities and supporting hiring, adopting incentives to job search by modulating the unemployment benefit or to training and breaking the link between salaries and CPI. Read the document
01/07/2014 Fátima Báñez, Minister of Employment and Social Security, took part in the second day of the 2014 FAES Campus and delivered the conference “Employment in Spain: Between the Labour Reform and Recovery”. José María Aznar, President of FAES Foundation; Javier Zarzalejos, Director of the Campus and Miguel Marín, Director of the FAES Foundation Economy and Public Policies Department, also participated in the session.
01/07/2014 The 2014 FAES Campus Economics Course finished this afternoon with the “Employment from the Successful Perspective. The German and British Cases” Roundtable between Matthias Schäfer, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Financial Policy Head of Team and Raoul Ruparel, Open Europe Head of Economic Research.
30/06/2014 The first day of the 2014 FAES Campus was completed this afternoon with the round table “Deleverage, Credit and Employment”. Román Escolano, President of the ICO Foundation; José Manuel González-Páramo, former member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank’s and Elga Bartsch, Morgan Stanley’s Chief European Economist took part in it. Miguel Marín, Director of the FAES Economy and Public Policies Department introduced the speakers and chaired the roundtable.
30/06/2014 /06.30.2014/. – The Federal Finance Minister of Germany, Wolfgang Schäuble, stated that “there is no alternative between reducing public debt and boosting growth” and “Spain has been an example of this throughout the last two years”. Schäuble addressed the opening session of the Economy course of the 2014 FAES Campus together with the Spanish Minister of Economy and Competiveness, Luis de Guindos, who stated that “today Spanish economy is at a recovery phase” and “has achieved four quarters of positive growth, increasingly intense”.