“Europe is a future project that should be built day by day in order to make it a safer, more prosperous and social place”, affirmed the director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno, at the closing of the Carlos V-Marcelino Oreja European Award doctoral seminar today; a seminar entitled, “The European Project’s Modernization and Governance in a Plural Framework with Shared Values and Goals”, that took place between the 19th and 21st of June, at the Royal Monastery of Yuste.

According to the director, the Europe we wish to build is one where “health and education may be real social rights; one that seeks full employment and growth; that will allow the youth to be trained adequately enabling them to find a job after completing their studies so they may live decently; one that can turn the environment into a hallmark and fight for the achievement and maintenance of the Welfare State”.

In this sense, he added that we need a Europe that is aware of its “balancing role in the international arena, cohesive in diversity, respectful with disagreements and integrative with disability; firm in the preservation of its traditional and imperishable values: democracy, liberty, equality and solidarity”.

He mentioned the Spanish diplomat, Raimundo Bassols Jacas, in his speech as he is one of the most relevant figures of the Spanish integration process within the European Communities, and whose career was mentioned as an example of Yuste Foundation’s goal, “to be the nexus of union between the European Union and Ibero-America, built upon the pillars of loyalty, respect for respective identity, mutual benefit and solidarity to contribute to the promotion of democracy, respect for human rights, the promotion of peace and international understanding”.

Juan Carlos Moreno also expressed his gratitude and acknowledgement to Yuste’s academician and winner of the 2017 Carlos V European Award, Marcelino Oreja, and described him as a “person who builds a country and makes it stand out”.

In his speech he recalled the words that the French politician, Jacques Delors, dedicated to Marcelino Oreja, where he highlighted his “formidable experience in political and diplomatic life”, apart from considering him a reference for “whoever wishes to make or contrast personal judgement concerning any issue in the world”.

The director of the Foundation called on the doctoral students to not be pessimistic despite the setbacks in recent years, but to rather be a “stimulus in order to further relaunch Europe”, because they play a vital role in its future.

“Yuste is called to be a place for encounters and exchange of two different but, at the same time, complimentary worlds: Europe and Ibero-America”, claimed the director referring to the Foundation and, to this end, he pointed out that “we are all necessary”.


Ten doctoral students from Italy, Cyprus, United Kingdom and Spain have presented their work at the doctoral seminar “Carlos V-Marcelino Oreja European Award”. They have shared their research on European challenges; the risks of European democracy; the problem caused by borders and the protection of fundamental rights; the externalisation of migratory and border policies of the European Union; migrants; the union of banks and the crisis affecting the Criminal Law of the Union, during three days.


On the occasion of delivering the Carlos V European Award, the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation announces ten Carlos V European Studies Research and Mobility Grants. The Carlos V European Award aims to support the development of research on European issues; generate a network of expert researchers in the European sphere and encourage their mobility for participation in meetings, as well as to publish and disseminate the academic contributions made by the selected grant holders.

The scholarships are related to the figure of the winner of the Carlos V European Award and, in this manner the research topic is adapted to the curriculum of the winner. The call for scholarships is addressed to researchers from all over Europe, who are preparing a doctoral thesis in any of the different disciplines of human and social sciences.

Researchers participate in the Carlos V European Award Doctoral Seminar and their work is published by the prestigious scientific publishing house Peter Lang. All of them become part of the Yuste Alumni Network, made up of scholarship students in all editions, many of whom currently occupy relevant roles in the most important European institutions or universities.

The aim of the Network is to exchange knowledge so that researchers can work together and study specific issues affecting the future of Europe and seek possible solutions to the problems it faces. Nearly one hundred researchers from different countries such as Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Russia, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Cuba and Brazil, belonging to disciplines such as Sociology, Economics, Politics, History, Communication and Law, among others, have benefited from these grants.