Letter from the Chairman of the Board

Welcome to the website of the Fundación Consejo España-EE.UU., an institution created in 1997 to promote cooperation between Spain and the United States in commercial, business, scientific, and cultural affairs. It also aims at improving the mutual understanding and reciprocal image of both societies, sharing all these goals with our counterpart organization, the United States- Spain Council, currently chaired by Congressman Joaquín Castro.

The Foundation, which has the invaluable support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, is a private foundation governed by a board that gathers representatives of the public administration, political arena, academia, cultural entities and a number of large Spanish companies, reflecting the high level exchanges between the two countries. This relationship is reflected in the annual Spain-US forums organized by the Fundación and the United States-Spain Council, where relevant topics in the areas of trade, defense, technology, infrastructure, energy or the role of Spain in the EU are discussed.

Yet there is ample scope for further enriching that relationship. The current situation underscores the need to expand economic, strategic and cultural ties beyond the European Union and, in particular, with the US. In this context, the mission of the Foundation gains importance, establishing itself as a privileged platform to facilitate dialogue and build bridges between companies, organizations and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

The relationship between our countries is not limited to business. We all know the large number of Spanish students that earn their degree in large American universities, but perhaps not everyone knows that Spain is the third largest destination for young American students abroad, after the United Kingdom and Italy, attracting more of them every year. In turn, the contributions in art, science and technology are reaching exceptional levels that the Foundation aims to project through programs such as the visit of young American leaders.

Another priority line of work for the Fundación is the study and dissemination of our common historical legacy through various seminars, exhibitions and publications. The relationship between the two countries can be traced back to the Independence and foundation of the United States of America providing a unique common past that deserves to be appreciated.

I invite you to explore our site and to learn more about the programs and activities of the Fundación Consejo España-EE.UU. as well as to contact us to clarify doubts or make suggestions about our activities. Thank you very much.

Juan Lladó
Fundación Consejo España-EE.UU.