The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, has taken over the Presidency of the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP). The decision was taken following a meeting of the FIIAPP Board of Trustees at the headquarters of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
In this way, the Foundation's governance is updated with the aim of enhancing its contribution to our country's external action. In addition, its role as a facilitator of international cooperation of Spanish public administrations and its contribution to the 2030 Agenda are recognised. As a result of these changes, this position will now be held by the head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and not by the First Vice-Presidency of the Government, as was the case up until now.
During his speech at the meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, highlighted the importance of FIIAPP's work for Spanish foreign action, accompanying public policy reform processes and promoting the functioning of the rule of law, social and territorial cohesion, women's empowerment and effective access to rights.
The new phase being undertaken by FIIAPP underlines Spain's commitment to direct collaboration between institutions in different countries and to rules-based multilateralism. The ultimate goal of all its actions will be the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Public technical cooperation, or direct cooperation between institutions, will be part of the VI Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation to be published later this year.
The Board of Trustees, which includes representatives of the main ministries and public administrations involved in international cooperation, congratulated the Foundation on its renewed accreditation to the European Commission as an implementing actor of delegated cooperation.
In the coming months, FIIAPP's priorities will focus on strengthening work with the Civil Service, as well as leadership and participation in new institutional cooperation projects in the framework of Global Gateway, the European Union's global connectivity strategy.
FIIAPP currently implements 118 institutional cooperation projects in 114 countries, with an average implementation budget of 70 million euros per year. Its staff is made up of 300 people, mobilising more than 620 professionals from 180 public sector institutions.