Camilo José Cela University (UCJC) hosted the launch of the Senate of Economy, Europe, Spain Chapter, presided over by the Minister for Education, Culture and Sport and Spanish government spokesperson, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, and the former German Minister for the Economy and Chairman of the Senate of Economy, Walter Döring.
The event was held at the UCJC Almagro Campus, marking the opening of the Spanish chapter of this German institution. The Senate of Economy aims to be a meeting place for actors from the world of economics, science and society at large. These are the so-called Senate Ambassadors and, through their group, they strive to raise awareness on Senate objectives among politicians, economists, cultural actors and the media.
At the presentation of this new institution, the Chairperson, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, remarked that “at this time we should view Europe as a solution for improving a transforming globalised world, to provide more security, more prosperity and more peace. To be a stable ship in a choppy sea”.
In her speech, Ferrero-Waldner outlined the main lines of action for the Senate of Economy. ‘We advocate for a ecosocial world market economy, justice in a globalised world, for example a Marshall Plan for Africa, climate justice, social competence and ethical political, economic and social action, sustainability and the promotion of a new positive public image for governments in society. Our motto of ‘Economy for people’ derives from this idea, that is not a utopia, but an achievable aim if we all aspire to attain it.
The Senate of Economy has extended to many parts of Europe and the USA and, in the case of Spain, its aim is to maintain constant dialogue with political actors, particularly with European and international authorities, supporting solutions of relevant future issues.
A ‘Roman Senate’ and hope for Europe
The Senate of Europe and its Ambassadors aim to revive the idea of the traditional Roman Senate, in which a harmonious circle of senators act as independent thinkers to explore and define the common good in the face of self-serving private interests.
Its main objectives are: to establish an attainable international order, share basic responsibilities in economic and financial sectors, advocate responsibly and globally for respecting the dignity and values of all people and responsibility for the environment and nature.
Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, who presided over the event, agreed that “today Europe, and this has been an aspect of the difficulties we have faced recently, must balance the need for integration and what people really want” it is “very important to view Europe not only as a destination, but a place we must build together. We build it as Europeans. And it is not done as it was before, through deciders, it has to be done as a whole. And that is why institutions like this one play an important role”.
Méndez de Vigo was grateful for the invitation to preside the event. “I am very grateful to be able welcome this project to Camilo José Cela University, to remember Felipe Segovia, and also the teacher José Antonio Jáuregui”.
The event was also attended by the former German minister for the Economy and the former President of Land Baden-Wüttemberg and the Chairman of the Senate of Economy Europe in Germany, Walter Döring; Aldo Olcese, Chairman of Fundación Independiente; the President of SEK Education Group, of which UCJC is part, Nieves Segovia.
Olcese said in his address that ‘in order to truly help with a new, renewed and unrestricted spirit, we must ensure independence in judgement, criteria and action. This project is fundamentally the responsibility of individuals, each deciding freely with our own criteria.
Nieves Segovia said in her welcome address that “the Senate of Economy is founded today at a university, and I am glad that it is so, since economy and development of countries inevitably take their place in school classrooms and university lecture theatres.”
In hosting the presentation of the Senate of Economy at Camilo José Cela University and SEK Education Group, leader in international education, bears testament to our commitment to economy and education. SEK Group, a group free from economic, political and religious ties over its 125 year history, has constantly sought for the nexus point where learning, business and society intersect.