FAES' Overview of Activities in 2012


 FAES Foundation has undertaken several significant activities throughout the year 2012. These include the celebration of events such as the Ceremony granting the IV FAES Freedom Award to Mario Vargas Llosa; the ninth edition of the FAES Campus and its counterparts in Argentina, Colombia, Central America and the Caribbean and Peru; and the publishing and launching of the reports Rescuing the Euro, El mito fiscal. Razones para un debate and Latin America. An Agenda for Freedom 2012. In addition to this, FAES has published four annual issues of its magazine Cuadernos de Pensamiento Político, six FAES Papers and, with its publishing house Gota a Gota, three new books.

Amongst the major events organised by the Foundation in 2012 are the awarding of the IV FAES Freedom Award to Mario Vargas Llosa, appointed unanimously by FAES’ Board of Trustees following a proposal of its president, José María Aznar, for his work in defence of freedom.

Other major events in 2012 have been the launching, in Berlin, as part of the annual conference of the European Ideas Network, the Special FAES Paper Rescuing the Euro, written in collaboration with Fernando Fernandez, and translated into English and German; and the report El mito fiscal. Razones para un debate, published by FAES and written by Gabriel Elorriaga, Ángel de la Fuente, Juan José Rubio, Santiago Álvarez and Pascual Fernández , in Barcelona.

Also noteworthy was the launching in Cadiz, to celebrate the bicentenary of the 1812 Constitution, of the FAES strategic report Latin America. An Agenda for Freedom 2012. The report promotes the joining of similar-minded parties of the region around common ideas and viable projects to consolidate liberal democracy, respect individual freedoms, enforcement of the Rule of Law, institution-building and open economy.

Furthermore, the report was also released in the US Capitol, in Brazil where a cooperation agreement with the foundation of the Social Democratic Party was also signed, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Argentina. It was also handed to the Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the U.S. House Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, to the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, Nicolas Monckeberg; to former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón; to the president of the Christian Democrat Organisation of America (ODCA), Jorge Ocejo; and to the president-in-office of the Liberal Network for Latin America (RELIAL), Hector Ñaupari; among other authorities of the international scenario, as well as to various groups such as the Venezuelan opposition, or the Union of Latin American Parties, UPLA.

Another of the main activities carried out by the Foundation has been holding the ninth edition of the FAES Campus, celebrated ever since 2003 in Navacerrada. Led by Secretary-General of FAES, Javier Zarzalejos, the Campus has hosted, on this occasion, amongst other speakers, the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy; the vice-president, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo; the Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, the Minister of Finance and Competitiveness Luis de Guindos; the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, José Ignacio Wert, the Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality, Ana Mato, and the secretary-general of the Partido Popular and regional president of Castilla-La Mancha, Maria Dolores de Cospedal. The Campus also featured international personalities such as economist Arthur B. Laffer; historian and Regius Professor Emeritus of Oxford University, John Elliot, Germany’s Secretary of Finance, Steffen Kampeter; and former presidents of Colombia and Bolivia, Belisario Betancur and Jorge Quiroga, respectively.

The success of this gathering devoted to the study and analysis on the major issues discussed in Spain and in the world has driven an expansion of the format, for the third consecutive year, to Argentina. It has also been organised for the first time in Peru and Central America and the Caribbean, and is already set for its opening this January in Chile.

During 2012, FAES has also published the book Los españoles ante el cambio, by José Ignacio Wert. The Foundation has also worked on the books published by its imprint, Gota a Gota, Ahora, y para siempre, libres, by Martin Alonso; Europa ante una crisis global, coordinated by Víctor Pérez-Díaz, and launched in Madrid and Barcelona, which will soon be published also in English, and two editions of Desmontando el progresismo. La izquierda en sus cavernas, by Edurne Uriarte, launched in Madrid.

Similarly, FAES’ journal Cuadernos de Pensamiento Político has published issues 33; 34; 35; and 36; and FAES Papers no. 159 to 164, concerned, among other issues, on market unity and recovering competitiveness; the measures of the EU to confront the crisis; the elections in the United States, and the political situation in Venezuela, as well as a tribute to the political figure of Manuel Fraga.

Among other events, in 2012 FAES held in Madrid the "seminar FAES-Google on ‘The impact of the Internet on the economy’; the one organised by FAES and the Embassy of South Korea on the occasion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul; and the launch of the Index of Economic Freedom written by the ‘Heritage Foundation’. Several seminars have also been held at the Foundation such as the one organised by the European Ideas Network on the role of the EU in the ‘Arab Spring’ and the one organised in Barcelona in coordination with ESADE Law School on Human Rights.

Alongside these activities, FAES has organised meetings in its Center for Atlantic Studies on the elections in the United States, and in the FAES Centre for Latin American Studies on recent political events that have taken place in Venezuela. In addition to this, FAES also organised the XI FAES-CES Program of Latin American Visitors, and the I Program of Middle East and North African Visitors.

Moreover, during 2012 the Foundation has held frequent meetings with leading figures and institutions, foundations, party organizations, international think tanks, amongst them the Centrist Democrat International, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the National Democratic Institute.

FAES also organised with the Partido Popular of Aragon its Tarazona’s Summer School and attended the 17th National Congress of the PP, which was held in Seville, as well as the regional congresses of the party in Madrid, Catalonia, Aragon and Murcia.