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Friday March 25, 2022 at 07:30

A congress to continue deepening the relationship between Europe and America

A congress to continue deepening the relationship between Europe and America A congress to continue deepening the relationship between Europe and America

Academics from both sides of the Atlantic meet in a three-day Congress where topics such as democracy, cultural ties or the fight against organized crime, among others, will be discussed. The former Prime Minister, Felipe González, opened the Congress.

Raul Garcia Hemonnet

The Rey Juan Carlos University, through its Center for Ibero-American Studies, organizes together with the University of Extremadura and the Yuste Foundation the 'II International Congress between Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe'. It is a meeting of experts from both sides of the Atlantic to reflect on major issues such as democracy, cultural exchange between the two shores, the fight against organized crime and shared history. The Congress has a hybrid format, although a large part of it takes place in person in the town of Guadalupe in Cáceres.

The inaugural speech was given by the former President of the Government (1982-1996) Felipe González, who in a "speech marked by the need to highlight the values ​​of democracy in the current situation, reviewed his personal experience and of Government both in Europe and Latin America”, explains the professor and professor in the area of ​​Public International Law and International Relations Cástor Díaz Barrado, president of the Organizing Committee of the Congress.

The rector, Javier Ramos, also participated in the inauguration, in whose speech he referred to the current international situation, the need for societies to reinforce their commitment to sustainable development and the importance of strengthening the link between Europe and Latin America. The president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara, and the rector of the University of Extremadura, Antonio Hidalgo García, among other personalities, also took part in the opening ceremony.

4 large sessions and 14 communications

On the first day, issues such as the different areas of cooperation between Latin America and Europe in relation to democracy, culture and the fight against organized crime were analyzed.

On Thursday, a session on history was held where the role of Extremadura in the relationship between Europe and Latin America was examined through different papers and communications.

The Congress ends today, Friday, with a round table on the fight against drug trafficking and against organized crime.

In addition, throughout the sessions, 14 communications prepared by young researchers from both sides of the ocean are presented, including those from the Rey Juan Carlos University, "a transcendental part of the Congress," according to Cástor Díaz Barrado.

The URJC, protagonist

In addition to being part of the organization, several members of the university community of the Rey Juan Carlos University will participate in the event. Cástor Díaz Barrado moderated a round table on cultural exchange between Europe and Latin America and Sagrario Morán Blanco, Professor of International Relations at the URJC, moderated the first session and the round table on Friday. Researchers and teachers José Anguita, Sara Matamoros and Alfonso Muñoz will present papers on topics such as the EU and the fight against drug trafficking, human trafficking in today's world and the situation of organized crime in Europe.

In total, 240 registered in what is intended to be an event that contributes to the rapprochement between Europe and Latin America as two regions with many common ties.