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Spain joins Community of Portuguese Language-speaking Countries as Associate Observer

​The Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) has approved Spain’s membership as an Associate Observer State today at the organisation’s summit held in Luanda, in the year in which the CPLP celebrates its 25th anniversary.​

17/07/2021

Spain’s candidacy was presented in 2020 by sending the corresponding Action and Promotion of the Portuguese Language Plans. The Regional Government of Galicia has given a significant boost to Spain’s candidacy and, in fact, both the “Academía Galega da Lingua Portuguesa” [Portuguese Language Academy of Galicia] and the “Consello da Cultura Galega” [Cultural Council of Galicia] are already “Advisory Observers” of the CPLP.

Spain assigns great importance to this membership as an Associate Observer of this privileged cooperation forum, a genuine bridge between continents, which is progressively increasing its scope of collaboration to become more multidimensional. Its Member States account for close to 300 million people.

Henceforth, Spain will work with the CPLP to analyse and firm up the different areas for collaboration. Spain considers that it offers significant potential: the promotion of the Portuguese language at a national and international level, particularly through stepping up cooperation between the Cervantes Institute, the Camões Institute and the International Portuguese Language Institute; the fight against gender-based violence within the framework of a decisive commitment by our country to enhance feminist foreign policy; economic and business collaboration in view of the fact that the CLPL countries are key to the internationalisation of our companies; diplomatic and political consensus, with a firm commitment to a rule-based multilateral order; and the contribution to universal access to vaccines as the best policy to combat the pandemic.

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