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José Manuel Albares participates in a colloquium focusing on the importance of Europe

The Auditorium at the Marqués de Salamanca headquarters was the setting for the colloquium "Why Europe Matters", within the framework of the events to commemorate Europe Day, celebrated every year on 9 May. 

May 8, 2024
In the first session of the colloquium, the minister José Manuel Albares had a conversation on "Europe in your daily life" with Lázaro González, president of the Platform of Elderly and Pensioners; Cristina Barreto, manager of the Technical Office of European Affairs of the ONCE, and Alejandra Fernández, founder of Junior Female Leaders. The event was moderated by Karim Hallal, a broadcaster on European Union affairs. 

During his speech, José Manuel Albares stressed that "the European project entails a Europe closer to its citizens"; he underlined the "extraordinary balance" of the Spanish Presidency of the European Council, "thanks to a joint effort by the Administration and the country", and he recalled three essential elements of European construction, "which have completely changed our lives": the single currency, the Schengen Area and the Erasmus programme. The Minister concluded by assuring that Spain "is today a reliable partner in the construction of Europe".

At the second session of the dialogue, Fernando Sampedro, State Secretary for the European Union, discussed the future of the Union with José Ignacio Torreblanca, director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) office in Madrid, and Ilke Toygür, Director of the IE Global Policy Center. The colloquium was moderated by Aleksandra Sojka, professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.   


Photos: Pepe Méndez / Nolsom