IMG_5928The European Academy of Yuste Foundation launched its Campus Yuste training programme today with the opening event on ‘From the Treaty of Rome to the Maastricht Treaty. Ongoing advances in the process of European integration’ which is on until Friday at the Royal Monastery of Yuste.

The opening speech was given by Ramón Jáuregui, President of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (Eurolat) who said that anti-European sentiment is due to “anti-grass roots measures being put into action” and this, in turn, is linked to what is possibly one of the most prevalent ideas in European culture, that “the paradigm of progress has fallen down”, adding that many of Europe’s citizens look to the future with uncertainty. In Jáuregui’s opinion, there is potential for Europe, a Europe which will stride ahead with urgent necessities such as “energy, digital, banking, monetary, and social union, among other things”.

José Ángel Camisón Yagüe, professor of public law at the University of Extremadura and course director, looked back from the start of European construction in 1992. He concluded, “Europe is not a perfect model to follow: it needs to keep improving in the future”.

The course will examine the legacy of the Maastricht agreement; the ongoing challenges Europe faces; cooperation on criminal justice; the role of citizens in the process of European integration; the role of Europe in the world 60 years later; perspectives on the future of Europe in the global context, and other themes.

Speakers on the course include Teresa Freixes Sanjuán, Jean Monnet “ad personam” lecturer and lecturer in Constitutional Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona; Araceli Mangas, ‘Jean Monnet’ lecturer in European Studies; Elisabetta Holsztejn, Political Affairs advisor at the Italian Embassy in Spain; Matthijs Van Bonzel, Dutch Ambassador in Spain; Susana del Río, member of the EU Commission on Citizenship and Governance; Alejandro Cercas, Co-Director of the Jean Monnet EU-Hope European Integration module at the University of Extremadura; Ignacio Ubaldo Vega, spokesperson, Judges for Democracy; José Ignacio Sánchez Amor, member of the lower house in the Spanish Parliament and Socialist spokesperson on Brexit for the Courts.

Twenty-seven students are attending the course from the Universities of Valladolid, Seville, Salamanca, Castilla–La Mancha, Valencia, Rey Juan Carlos, Complutense, Alcalá de Henares, Extremadura, Carlos III and Barcelona.

Juan Carlos Preciado, Vice-Dean of Quality at the University of Extremadura; Juan Carlos Moreno Piñero, Director of the Foundation; José Ángel Camisón, professor of Public Law at the University of Extremadura; and José María Hernández, Mayor of Cuacos de Yuste, all took part in the opening.


The aim of the Campus Yuste programme is to put on specialist courses and meetings aimed at encouraging debate and reflection in university students, researchers, and professionals, on the process of European construction and integration, as well as current issues in Europe and other themes related to the history and memory of Europe and the founding principles of the foundation. This is all examined from a multidisciplinary perspective and in the unique setting of the Royal Monastery of Yuste, which facilitates contact and exchange between students and speakers sharing their reflections with subject experts and first-rate academic, political, and social personalities, making this ultimately a space for reflection, thought, culture, and science.

The aim of the Campus Yuste grants is to raise awareness of the training programme, and get as many people involved as possible, including those from beyond our national borders, with the grants making it easier for university students, researchers, experts, and professionals interested in the study areas to participate and attend.

This summer’s theme is broad and diverse, and will examine from a multidisciplinary and international perspective, global challenges from cooperation to development, and how to eradicate and prevent endemic diseases such as malaria, a course sponsored by AEXCID – Extremadura’s International Development Cooperation Agency.

Other courses will look into the socio-economic, political, and cultural effects of thirty years of Spain and Portugal’s integration with the European Union; the impact of the Reformation in the era of Emperor Carlos V and his stance on Protestantism, and its impact on Europe now, coinciding with 500 years since the publication of Martin Luther’s Reformist Theses; as well as relations between, and challenges facing, the European Union and Latin America in the present day. In addition, continuing Campus Yuste’s work on analysing the main challenges facing the European Union, this year will see an analysis of the role of Europe in terms of migratory movements, the European Union’s role in the world, and its relations with other global powers, including Ibero-America.

The Campus Yuste programme will continue in October with three seminars looking at: the migratory and financial crises which have hit Europe; the role of the media as a tool to safeguard liberties and human rights and its role as a speaker for the challenges facing institutions; and finally, a seminar on the need to mainstream a gender-based approach at all levels of society to fight against violence and discrimination towards women , as well as promoting equal rights and opportunities, under the framework of the ‘Europe facing global challenges from cooperation to development’project, funded by AEXCID.