Visit of Congressman Darren Soto

11/25/2019 to 11/26/2019

Darren Soto, representative of Central Florida in the U.S. Congress, visited Madrid on the 25th and 26th of November invited by the Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU. with the aim of updating his perception of Spain and sharing common concerns in the framework of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Elected in 2016, Darren Soto represents Central Florida in Congress. He is member of the Energy and Commerce and Natural Resources Committees. As the first Floridian of Puerto Rican descent to serve in Congress he is also a proud member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Darren Soto met with representatives of BBVA and Iberdrola, the Royal Elcano Institute and the Cervantes Institute to discuss different issues like climate change, trade warfare, the digitalization of the economy and the importance of the Spanish language in the US. Congressman Soto also held an interesting meeting with the main representatives of the parliamentary groups during his visit to the Congress of Deputies.

He also had the chance to discuss the state of bilateral relations with Fernando Valenzuela, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, as well as with the Deputy Director of the European Commission in Madrid, Jochen Müller.

The agenda reflects the importance that Spain attaches to foster relations with the United States, and in particularly the State of Florida, where the connections with Spain are even more evident.