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Observatory on the European Union: with an introduction by Josep Borrell, Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation


Madrid, June 11 2018. Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, was at IE University on Monday to examine the performance of science, research and innovation in the European Union in an event hosted by IE’s School of International Relations Observatory on the European Union.

The Observatory on the European Union was launched by IE’s Transatlantic Relations Intiative, an initiative dedicated to developing applied and educational research focused on the improvement of our capacity to understand, anticipate and manage innovation and its externalities in political, economic, and social contexts.

In his address, Josep Borrell underscored the fact that growth has returned to Spain, after ten years of crisis. He also noted that productivity, on the other hand, is not growing, despite technological advances, and that growth in productivity is the key to progress.  Manuel Muñiz, Dean of IE’s School of International Relations and founder and director of the Center for the Governance of Change, stated that technology will play a key role in progress. “The reality is that technological change brings major challenges, ranging from the need to transform the labor market, to having to redefine what privacy means. Our societies are going to have to learn to leverage opportunities while managing challenges.” josep-borrell-tri-4

Diego Rubio, executive director of IE School of International Relation’s Center for the Governance of Change, delivered the opening remarks. Other speakers in the event included Paz Guzmán Caso de los Cobos, senior economist of the Representation of the European Commission in Spain, Román Arjona, chief economist at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, and  Beñat Bilbao-Osorio, senior economist at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

In addition to the Observatory on the European Union, the Transatlantic Relations Initiative of IE School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University fosters debate on European affairs, US policy, and other Ibero-American issues. IE School of Global and Public Affairs has launched three new observatories to examine these challenges. Each of these observatories organizes periodic round tables with experts in the fields with the aim of exploring key issues  challenges in the European and Ibero-American spheres.