The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation visits the Instituto Cervantes headquarters

​Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, has visited today the headquarters of the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid and has met its Director, Luis García Montero.

The Instituto Cervantes is a public institution created in Spain in 1991 to promote the teaching, study and use of the Spanish language at an international scale and to contribute to the dissemination of the Hispanic cultures abroad. With regard to its activities, the Instituto Cervantes is essentially focused on the linguistic and cultural heritage common to the countries and peoples of the Spanish-speaking community. It is present in 87 centres located in 44 countries across all five continents. Additionally, it has to main centres in Spain: the headquarters located in Madrid and a head office in Alcalá de Henares.

The Instituto Cervantes, as a public, non-profit entity with own legal personality and capacity to act, forms part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation is an ex-officio member of its Board of trustees, whose honorary presidency is held by His Majesty King and whose executive presidency is held by the president of the Government.

In addition to Minister Josep Borrell, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia y González de Peredo –Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean–, acting as President of the Board of Directors of the Instituto Cervantes, and Ángeles Moreno Bau –Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation– also participate in said Board of trustees as ex-officio members on the part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation.

As part of this meeting, Minister Josep Borrell and the Director of the Instituto Cervantes addressed matters relating to the goals and duties of the Instituto Cervantes, specifically the funding and resources for the activities aimed at promoting and disseminating the Spanish language and culture, as well as those of Spain’s co-official languages at an international level.





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