DSC_0098The Extremadura regional government´s Counselor for Education and Culture Trinidad Nogales Basarrate inaugurated the Charles V European Award – José Manuel DurãoBarroso doctoral seminar entitled “History, memory and European integration from the perspective of the European Union´s (EU) transatlantic relations” held at the Royal Monastery of Yuste, headquarters of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation, from 26-28 January.

In her view, Barroso has done well in choosing this theme because it shows that “Atlantic waters do not separate two territories, but rather are favorable to all sorts of exchanges”.

Others taking part in the inauguration included Benita Ferrero-Waldner, President of the EU-LAC Foundation and former Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy and Commissioner for Trade and European Neighborhood Policy during José Manuel DurãoBarroso´s first term; the Director of the seminar and Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Extremadura, Enrique Moradiellos; the Director of the European Academy of Yuste Foundation Enrique Barrasa Sánchez, who welcomed the researchers; the Mayor of Jarandilla and President of the Local Action Group, VíctorSoriaBreña; the President of the La Vera County Council and Mayor of Villanueva de la Vera, José Antonio Rodríguez Calzada; and the Mayor of Cuacos de Yuste, EulogioLópez Moreno.

The seminar is structured around the research undertaken by the ten doctorate students who have obtained a scholarship from the European Academy of Yuste Foundation.

Trinidad Nogales highlighted that the research themes contribute to strengthening “commercial, academic and cultural links” between the European Union and the American continent. The Counselor also emphasized that the research papers presented in the multidisciplinary seminar are published by the prestigious Peter Lang academic publishing group, “becoming part of the scientific literature cherished by this Foundation”. Mrs. Nogales congratulated the grant-holders and encouraged them to make the most of “this scientific and personal adventure to confront new challenges”.


There are two Extremadurans among the grant-holders presenting their research papers in the seminar: Rodrigo CalvoTornero and César RinaSimón. Mr.Calvo´s research focuses on analyzing pro-Europeanist stances among exiled Spanish Republicans in America. Mr.Rina´s research paper, which also adopts a historical perspective, is entitled “Iberism, Europeanism and Latin Americanism. Unionist projects and utopias in Europe during the age of nationalism (1808-1975)”.

Eimys Ortiz Hernández and Adrián Dios Vicente both address commercial relations in their research, which focuses respectively on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as a complementary tool to overcome mutual challenges in the Mediterranean region, and the internationalization process of Spanish power utilities over the past thirty years in Latin America.

Katharina LuiseMeissener´s research focuses on analyzing the relations between the European Union, Brazil and Mercosur, and her paper is complemented by Kaiana Do Monte´s comparative study on the European Union and Mercosuranalyzing globalization as an element of regional integration.

Marta García Mato has studied the role of Spanish as a bridge for successful cooperation from a historical and sociological perspective; José Manuel Moreno Domínguezhas analyzed EU-Latin America cooperation in the important area of communication and information. RenataRibeiro Dos Santos has focused her research on the establishment of scientific links between both continents through the promotion of contemporary art, particularly the promotion of Latin American art in Spain and Portugal from 1992 to 2014.

Lastly, Vincent Genin from the University of Liège will present an international law research paper, focusing on an analysis of lawyers in Europe and the Americas between 1850 and 1930.