Extremadura commits to implementing Sustainable Development Goals

Extremadura commits to implementing Sustainable Development Goals

  Rosa Balas Torres, Chief Executive of Extremadura Regional Government and President of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation’s Executive Committee opened a seminar today entitled ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights: Peace, Justice, and Sustainable Institutions/Human Rights and Companies’. The seminar brings experts and professors to the Royal Monastery of Yuste to analyse Goal 16 from a perspective of gender, childhood, and youth, in the fight against crime, and a perspective of justice and the rule of law. The meeting is framed under the Chair for the Eradication of Poverty and Sustainable Development developed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, with the aim of contributing to achieving the SDGs established in the 2015 Resolution of the General Assembly for the 2030 Agenda. There are also two research projects. One, an R&D&I project on ‘Economic Actors and Human Rights’ from Carlos III University which directly examines the themes being tackled; and another, a network for excellence of Spanish universities coordinated by the University of Seville. Rosa Balas explained how since the Sustainable Development Goals were approved their implementation has been a priority for the Regional Government of Extremadura, with all of the administration’s policies and departments working towards them” and she added that the Extremadura Development Cooperation Agency (AEXCID) is leading this implementation, through debate and outreach work with NGOs, associations, and departments within the Regional Government of Extremadura. The Chair has organised various seminars in Madrid and Costa Rica, as well as publications such as the one published last year on the 17 SDGs, and will soon be releasing...
The European Academy of Yuste Foundation gives a concert to commemorate the V centenary of Carlos I’s arrival in Spain and his death at Yuste on 21 September 1558

The European Academy of Yuste Foundation gives a concert to commemorate the V centenary of Carlos I’s arrival in Spain and his death at Yuste on 21 September 1558

  The European Academy of Yuste Foundation, together with Patrimonio Nacional (National Heritage) has organised a concert led by musical ensemble Zarabanda, Baroque music specialists. The concert, on Saturday 23 September at 13.00 at the Royal Monastery of Yuste, will be directed by Álvaro Macías. It will be free of charge until it reaches capacity. The concert, part of the Conciertos del Emperador (Emperor’s Concerts) series the Foundation has put on in recent years, commemorates two significant events: the V centenary of King Carlos landing in Spain on 19 September 1517 at Tazones cove, and his death on 21 September 1558 at the Royal Monastery of Yuste. The programme includes defining pieces from a period of creative boom in Spain, something that encompassed the arts as a whole and all musical genres: sacred and secular polyphony; and keyboard, viola da gamba, and vihuela music – which the Spanish masters in particular excelled at. Through the programme Álvaro María and his group, Zarabanda, with singing from Sandra Redondo, wish to shine the spotlight on some of the songs played with these instruments, using King Carlos’ arrival to Spain five centuries ago as their starting point. The programme includes one of the Emperor’s favourite songs, Mille Regretz, from the French flamenco master Josquin des Prez, a song that brought the artist great renown at the time. The ensemble is directed by flautist Álvaro Macías, a music critic for El País and recording artist with ABC, and recipient of the Ministry of Culture’s Premio Nacional de la Crítica Discográfica. A professor in recorder at Madrid’s Royal Music Conservatory he has also been...
Foundation awarded Tenca de Oro prize for standing up for the democratic ideals which have inspired Europe

Foundation awarded Tenca de Oro prize for standing up for the democratic ideals which have inspired Europe

  Rosa Balas, Chief Executive of External Action, collected the Tenca de Oro prize, awarded this year to the European Academy of Yuste Foundation last night in Arroyo de la Luz. At the 29th Fiesta de la Tenca (Tench Festival) recognition was given to the Foundation for its work in the process of European construction and standing up for the democratic ideals which have inspired Europe. Extremaduran singer-songwriter Luis Pastor also received an award this year. Balas opened her speech by showing her support for the town of Arroyo de la Luz after a violent gender-based incident in the town last Thursday, as well as for the people of Barcelona following the terrorist attack there. As President of the Foundation’s Executive Committee she gratefully accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation, Board, and the whole team who make up the organisation. The head of Exterior Action talked about how issues such as international terrorism, which “have struck our country in the past week, as well as the financial crisis and refugee crisis” are complex problems that require the types of approaches that can emerge from reflection and debate. The European Academy of Yuste Foundation has focused on this task for the last 25 years, by, in the words of Rosa Balas: striving to strengthen European integration and promote debate on how it can be built on through various types of activities. “The Foundation is one of our greatest emblems to show Extremadura’s commitment to Europe. From our enclave in Yuste we can reflect on the main challenges facing the European Union, and on its values, in a setting...
Sofia Corradi praises the values the Erasmus programme brings

Sofia Corradi praises the values the Erasmus programme brings

  Italian professor Sofia Corradi, Mamma Erasmus, winner of the Carlos V European Award, gave the opening speech at the doctoral seminar entitled ‘Peace and European Values as a potential model for integration and progress in a global world’ held at the Royal Monastery of Yuste from Monday 24 until Wednesday 26 July, as part of the Campus Yuste academic programme. The seminar brings together the ten researchers selected to receive a research and mobility grant in European studies to present their work to other researchers and professors. The work will subsequently be published by the Foundation in the ‘Cuadernos de Yuste’ (Yuste Notebooks) collection. The researchers will go on to join the European Yuste Alumni network, now made up of some 80 people from all corners of the world, in many cases in important posts at European institutions. Taking part in the opening were Chief Executive of External Action and President of the Foundation’s Executive Committee, Rosa Balas; Vice-Chancellor of Quality at the University of Extremadura, Juan Carlos Preciado; Lucia Barbato, Head of the Academic Office at the Italian Embassy in Spain; Jürgen Elvert (Jean Monnet Lecturer in European History at the University of Cologne (Germany) and Seminar Director; and José María Hernández, Mayor of Cuacos de Yuste. The seminar also had collaboration from the Extremadura Development Cooperation Agency and the Government of Italy – the award winner’s home country. During the opening ceremony, the President of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation handed over the Gran Cruz de la Orden Civil de Alfonso X el Sabio (Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso...
Balas says that Brexit has meant security and defence can advance more quickly in less than a year than in recent decades

Balas says that Brexit has meant security and defence can advance more quickly in less than a year than in recent decades

  The Chief Executive of External Action and President of the Executive Committee at the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, Rosa Balas, said this morning in Yuste that “Brexit has meant security and defence can advance more quickly in less than twelve months than in decades”, although she also demonstrated her scepticism about how some member states are confronting the refugee and migratory crisis in spite of measures taken by the Commission and Parliament. These statements were made during the opening of the course ‘Prospects, strategies and challenges of the European Union: the European dream in the new global context and challenges of a well-structured Europe’ organised by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation together with the University of Extremadura as part of the international summer course academic programme Campus Yuste. Attending the opening ceremony were course director, Juan Manuel Rodríguez Barrigón, Senior Lecturer in International Public Law and International Relations at the University of Extremadura; Vice-Chancellor of the Digital University, Carmen García González; and the Director of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno Piñero. The Extremaduran head of Exterior Action explained how over the three days of the course attendees will be learning, debating, and reflecting with the speakers, on themes from “recent measures adopted this year such as the creation of a European Defence Fund, to the ‘Reflection paper on the future of European defence’ and the three scenarios it offers, to geo-strategy”. Lastly Balas outlined how the course would look at key themes such as “in spite of Brexit, the United Kingdom is key to protecting and guaranteeing peace for European citizens; the...
Yuste becomes a forum for the analysis of relations between the European Union and Latin America

Yuste becomes a forum for the analysis of relations between the European Union and Latin America

  Challenges on both sides of the Atlantic can be resolved through horizontal and integrated work, says Balas. Rosa Balas, Chief Executive of External Action, said this morning at Yuste, that “challenges and difficulties on both sides of the Atlantic can be tackled and resolved through horizontal and integrated work”. She made the statements during the opening of the seminar on ‘Relations between the European Union and Latin America in the new international context’ organised by the  Extremaduran Centre for Study and Cooperation with Ibero-America (CEXECI) and the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, in collaboration with the Ibero-American Secretary General, SEGIB, at Campus Yuste. At the opening ceremony were Director of CEXECI, César Chaparro; Director of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation Juan Carlos Moreno; and the Mayor of Cuacos de Yuste, José María Hernández. Balas confirmed how “important” the course is for CEXECI and the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, as it “represents the new spirit” of what will be, in “just a few weeks”, the new European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, resulting from the merger of both foundations, after 25 years of each one “working with a European and American vocation in Extremadura”. The Extremaduran head of Exterior Action said how the merger is a response to the conviction that “challenges and difficulties on both sides of the Atlantic can only be tackled and resolved through horizontal and integrated work”, and the aim is for the new foundation to become a “benchmark for integration between Europe and Ibero-America”. In this sense, Balas outlined how she works with the clear idea that “exterior action can only...
The Foundation commemorates the fifth centenary of Protestant Reformation with a course on its impact on imperial Europe and today’s Europe

The Foundation commemorates the fifth centenary of Protestant Reformation with a course on its impact on imperial Europe and today’s Europe

  The European Academy of Yuste Foundation is holding its third international summer course included in the Campus Yuste academic programme with the course ‘The World of Carlos V: 500 years of Protestantism. The impact of the Reformation on imperial Europe and today’s Europe’, held on 12 and 14 July. The course, designed from a historical and theological perspective, aims to clarify some of the most debated questions in the history of the Reformation, and to do so will interweave three geopolitical settings: Europe, Spain, and America, where the effects of the Reformation were felt to varying degrees. Rosa María Martínez de Codes, co-director of the course, said in her speech than the figure of Martin Luther continues to be prominent 500 years after his death, “due to his enormous personal strength, his inner plight that is the key to his whole life, and the seriousness of the questions he posed so passionately, as well as for being the main instigator of a reformist movement that spread through different geographical areas and eras”, at the time that he spread “the seeds of division that would grow throughout the whole of history”. Martínez de Codes talked about how if the church had been divided into two, it was because of the work of Lutheranism, the Swiss reformists, and the birth of Anglicanism leading to successive divisions and reunifications. Finally, the co-director ended her speech recalling how the Joint Declaration between Catholics and Lutherans on the Doctrine of Justification in Augsburg on 31 October 1999 was “a huge leap in the dialogue between both communities after five centuries of rupture about...
Campus Yuste tackles the eradication and prevention of endemic diseases

Campus Yuste tackles the eradication and prevention of endemic diseases

  José Ángel Calle Suárez, Director of AEXCID – Extremadura’s International Development Cooperation Agency, opened the course ‘Europe facing global challenges, from cooperation to development. The eradication and prevention of endemic diseases: malaria’ which is part of the Campus Yuste academic project from the European Academy of Yuste Foundation. In his speech, the director talked about how “cooperation is the best tool for bringing about equality, and healthcare is a good instrument to help achieve it”. Health is part of AEXID’s roadmap because “it brings about equality of opportunity and the redistribution of wealth” as well as forming part of the Sustainable Development Goals. It needs resources dedicating to it because “endemic diseases continue to be a great hurdle we can’t get over”, he said. As Ángel Calle sees it, if other global illnesses have been eradicated which we would not have thought possible 25 years ago, and almost all children in the world now receive schooling, “we can also get rid of malaria”. To do so, we can use tools such as cooperation, it being a “driver for equality in healthcare, and defending the role of healthcare workers because they play a structural role in development policies”. For the speakers, the main cause of malaria in the world is directly related to poverty, but in order for it to be eradicated, it is also essential to invest in research and innovation. The fight against malaria in Spain officially began in 1920 and by 1935 students from different parts of the world had already been trained at the Navalmoral de la Mata Institute of Hygiene, an important advance at...
Simone Veil, Carlos V European Award holder, has died

Simone Veil, Carlos V European Award holder, has died

  French lawyer and politician Simone Veil (Niza, 1927), who won the Carlos V European Award in 2008, has died at her home in Paris at the age of 89. The President of the Foundation, the Board of Trustees, members of the Academy and the whole team at the European Academy of Yuste Foundation feel the enormous loss of this great person, politician, defender of women’s rights, and committed Europeanist, expressing deepest sympathies to her family and friends. Veil received the award at a formal ceremony presided over by the King and Queen of Spain on 18 June at the Royal Monastery of Yuste. Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament from 2007-2009, and Guillermo Fernánez Vara, President of the Regional Government of Extremadura attended the ceremony, along with diplomats, regional, national, and European politicians, ambassadors, and other personalities in European culture and thought. The Award jury emphasised how the recipient was “an example of defending social issues, fighting spirit, and creativity in making and creating policy. A woman whose distinguishing quality clearly knowing the world of ideas, who was voted unanimously to receive the award in recognition of her courage and determination in particularly turbulent times”. In her speech, Simone Veil, the first female president of the European Parliament, recalled the difficulties she encountered when setting up a Commission for Women’s Rights, whilst recognising that, paradoxically, this helped raise the profile of the institution and her work in many countries. The winner of the Award, a holocaust survivor, recognised that she had never stopped fighting because discrimination against women had disappeared, although there was still much to do,...
The new European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation will strengthen Extremadura’s role in Europe and Ibero-America

The new European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation will strengthen Extremadura’s role in Europe and Ibero-America

  The European Academy of Yuste Foundation’s Board of Trustees, presided over by the President of the Regional Government of Extremadura, today approved the agreement for its merger with the Extremaduran Centre for Study and Cooperation with Ibero-America (CEXECI), which will form the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation. The agreement is a culmination of the merger process of the two foundations, which started in December 2016 after being ratified by the Regional Government of Extremadura’s Governing Board and approved by both foundations’ Boards of Trustees. The statutes of the new foundation were also agreed at the Board of Trustees meeting. The merger hopes to make the most of working together and integrating the assets and resources of both foundations. The union of the European vocation of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, and the Ibero-American vocation of CEXECI will create a new, extraordinarily powerful and bolstered institution, which will function as a vehicle for the transfer of knowledge and ideas between Europe, Extremadura, and Ibero-America, aiming to be a bridge of union between territories, spaces, and cultures. FAEIY’s goal is to promote and consolidate the promotion of democracy, respect for human rights, and the advancement of peace and international understanding; as well as comprehensive, balanced, and sustainable development for all the peoples and nations of the world, especially through the promotion of culture, research, the spreading of understanding, and social integration....