On Tuesday, July 14, the CEI International Classroom took place with the Spanish Ambassador to Poland, the Hon. Mr. Francisco Javier Sanabria Valderrama. The session was organized in collaboration with Cercle d’Economia.

The Ambassador began by analyzing the political situation in Poland. After the recent presidential elections on this July 12, an electoral cycle that began in the fall of 2018 ends with the regional and local elections, followed in May 2019 by the European and legislative elections in October 2019. A cycle that will not resume for up to 3 years and that has left the Law and Justice (PiS) party as the clear winner, although it is true that large cities, the Senate and most regions are under the control of the Civic Platform, the main party of the opposition.

In this context, the Ambassador emphasized the importance of the presidential elections. The President is a fundamental part of the Polish institutional framework. Not only does it hold the leadership of the State and, as such, its highest representation abroad, but it also has granted legislative initiative, sanctions the laws, and has veto power that must be overcome by a qualified majority of the Lower House and can submit to the Constitutional Court those bills that it deems contrary to the Constitution. This importance, together with the prevailing political polarization, translated into a strong mobilization of the electorate and a historically high turnout of 68.18% that gave a tight victory to the current President Andrzej Duda.

These elections have reproduced the political map that has been repeating itself in recent years. PiS has preeminence in the east of the country and in small towns, while the opposition wins in the west and in large cities. The political division is not reflected in social life. Poland does not suffer from chronic political violence. The divergences focus on the orientation that should be given to the future of Poland: while the PiS defends a conservative policy aimed at preserving national values, traditions and homogeneity, the Civic Platform opts for a liberal vision of society close to Brussels and Berlin. There are no disagreements about the fundamental historical facts of World War II and the communist regime, nor basically about the need for a close relationship with the US and a strong Atlantic Alliance.



On the social level, the Ambassador stressed that the Polish is a very dynamic society. People have jobs (unemployment is frictional, 6%), life plans, entrepreneurship and the desire to improve. Surveys invariably show that Poles face the future with confidence. This may respond to the recent history of the country, which has led new generations to want to pay tribute to their elders who suffered from war and communism, working for a better country. However, there is also an important cultural debate that, although it divides society, can also enrich it, the Ambassador understands, if a synthesis is achieved that is good for the whole. One of the government's policies that has caused the most friction has been the reform of the justice system. The reform is being analyzed by the different European institutions and, according to HE. Mr. Sanabria, you will only be redirected through the resolutions issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

As in other European countries, the coronavirus has also affected Poland. With a first diagnosed on March 4 and the first victim counted on 12, in mid-July the diagnosed amounted to 38,000 and the deceased to 1,600. In order to face this situation, the government took very drastic measures at the beginning, which were progressively attenuated until they became less than the current ones in Spain. The health crisis has not been overcome.

The economy, based on a strong agricultural and industrial sector, has experienced uninterrupted growth during the last 30 years, which allows us to speak of a "Polish miracle". However, like the other European economies, Poland will experience a recession this 2020 due to the pandemic. Recession from which V-shaped recovery is expected in 2021.

In figures, Poland received foreign investment of € 11,818M in 2018, growing 45% compared to 2017. This has been possible, in part, thanks to the creation of the so-called special economic zones, which are characterized by a privileged tax regime which, from this year, will cover practically the entire Polish national territory.



Regarding public works, Poland is in a period of expansion and development of its road and railway infrastructure. They are to highlight the project of the Great Airport Cent ral; a channel in the Odra estuary that empties into the city of Szczecin; and a gas pipeline to bring Norwegian gas through Denmark and the Baltic. In energy terms, Poland is strongly betting on offshore wind energy. They also point to nuclear energy in order to advance in the decarbonisation of their economy. Finally, it is worth noting the rapid digitization of the Polish economy. This is very advanced in the cities and has given rise to important companies such as Allegro, dedicated to electronic commerce, with a turnover higher than Amazon in Spain.

Poland is one of the countries whose citizens are more Europeanists (88%), even more than the Spanish. In the EU, Poland is particularly interested in the development of the common market, in the common agricultural policy and in cohesion policy. In fact, it is the main recipient of funds and will continue to be so in the next financial framework 2021-2027.

However, Poland does not understand that political union should be further deepened. Thus, it is a champion of enlargement, especially as regards the integration of the Western Balkans. Participation in the common currency, the euro, is not on the agenda, since it is understood that convergence with the EU average is still too low (72%). The question will arise when Poland approaches that average, which could occur in the coming years.

The Hon. Mr. Sanabria considered that the relations between Spain and Poland are excellent. From an economic point of view, trade in both directions in 2019 was around € 12,000 million, € 1 million of Poles have visited Spain each of the last three years and Spain is the fifth investor in the country in terms of accumulated stock with a significant presence of Banco Santander, CAF, Ferrovial or Acciona. More than 500 Spanish companies are installed on Polish territory. The Ambassador also highlighted the legislative efforts carried out by the government to facilitate the establishment of new companies and seek to improve the business environment.



At the cultural level, there are more than 60 institutes that offer teaching in Spanish, two Cervantes institutes (in Warsaw and Krakow) and a notable demand and sympathy for the Spanish language and cultures. All this makes Poland a favorable country for Spaniards also for business.

As for political relations, these were considered by the Ambassador as fluid, but susceptible of greater intensity. In the past two years, four bilateral meetings have been held between foreign ministers. Parliamentary forums and government summits are expected to resume in 2021. The latter have been held practically annually since 2003 but were parked in 2017 because of the political interim in Spain.

Finally, Ambassador Sanabria concluded that Poland sees in Spain a partner of interest, who shows respect for what Spain represents, for its history and for its projection in the world. The Ambassador pointed out that in Poland there is a good memory of the "honeymoon" in relations with Spain lived in the years prior to Poland's accession to the European Union, in 2004, which serves as an incentive to develop more if this bilateral relationship fits.



Report prepared by Hipòlit Gabaldà
Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps


Conference on Security and Defence

"NATO 2020: conjunctural or structural crisis.

Diagnosis on NATO on the 70th anniversary"



Organization: CEI International Affairs

This conference has a subvention from the Spanish Ministry of Defence


Directed by Dr Pere Vilanova


Date: October 29th 2020

Online format, by Google Meet


NATO 2020: it is about analyzing a crucial future scenario for transatlantic relations, to find out if we are facing a temporary or structural crisis. For this, we propose to make a diagnosis of NATO on its 70th anniversary, on the threshold of presidential elections in United States, which will be crucial for all intents and purposes and also for the Atlantic Alliance.

For this, this Conference will take stock of both the organization as a very useful political instrument during the Cold War and the three decades after its termination. The military operations in which NATO has been involved since 1999 and their impact on the international system will also be analyzed.







18:10 h. – 18:50 h. ROUND TABLE: 

NATO 2020: temporary or structural crisis. Diagnosis on NATO on the 70th anniversary



Evaluation of the evolution of NATO

Dr Pere Vilanova, Professor of Political Science and Administration, University of Barcelona.



Balance of the military operations in which NATO has been involved since 1999

Colonel Jose Luis Calvo Albero, Colonel of infantry of the Spanish Army.



Moderator: Mr Jordi Quero, Professor, CEI International Affairs.



18:50h. – 19:00 h. QUESTION TIME



19:00h. – 19:10 h. CONFERENCE CLOSING 






Date: October 29th 2020

Modality: Online format, by Google Meet

Enrolment: To attend the Conference it is essential to register here. Registration will be essential to receive the link of the online session.

Conference "Work in the EU"

Job Opportunities and Internships


The CEI International Affairs organizes one more year the Conference: "Work in the European Union".

It is an activity open to students, recent graduates and young professionals of any academic profile through which it is intended to publicize the work opportunities and practices that European institutions, as well as the different European agencies, currently offer.

This conference will be divided into two parts:

- The presentation of the different ways through which work can be achieved in the European Union: from internships, through temporary jobs to the European public service.

 - The contribution of personal experiences in European institutions, which will allow attendees to know first-hand the offers of internships and work in the EU.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020


4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Presentation of the Conference



Mr. Pol Martínez Boada, EU Careers Ambassador, UOC.


Mr. Ferran Tarradellas, Director of the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona.

Mrs. Géraldine Dufort, Official of the European Commission and advises in the Unit of promotion of the Spanish presence in Institutions of the European Union.


18: 15h. - 6:30 p.m. QUESTION TIME

Location: Aula Magna, Law School of the University of Barcelona.



You must register to attend the free conference: http://bit.ly/InsTrabajarUE

We are so proud of all our students!

The lists of successful candidates in the 4 exercises of the oppositions to the Diplomatic Career is already public, and 3 of our students are among those who passed: Guillem Manso García, Andrés de Zulueta de la Riba and Tomás Miquel Riba Núñez. All of them have been trained at the CE, between 2 and 3 years before passing the competitive examination.

8.1% of CEI Diplomats in the 72nd Promotion of the Diplomatic Career:





This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic in the middle of the oppositions, which could not be retaken until the end of June, our students have shown their great dedication and commitment to the Opposition.

After preparing all the Opposition tests, our students took the 4 tests: question test; text commentary and interview; language exam; and oral presentation of the agenda.

Evolution of CEI candidates and general candidates in the Opposition:





We are extremely proud to say that the percentage of CEI students submitted to the Opposition is 4.83% and the percentage of CEI students who have got a Diplomatic post 8.1%:





The competitive examination to Join the Diplomatic Corps works as established in the BOE, for this year, the call was 37 places, 2 of them reserved for people who have a recognized degree of general disability equal to or greater than 33%. These 37 places are those that have been contested in a first phase, which consists of 4 tests, which are what have led 3 of our students to overcome this part of the opposition.

Now, the next phase consists of an eminently practical selective course at the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

Our most sincere congratulations to Guillem, Andrés and Tomás for their great work!

We do not forget the rest of the students who haven't passed the 4 tests: You have a wonderful future ahead, and with exhaustive preparation you will surely achieve it on the following occasions!

If you also want to start in the world of Diplomacy do not hesitate to consult the information on the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps.

Have you been looking for a course on the European Union? Trust on the prestigious Course on the European Union!


This year we organize the 42nd edition, with the best of news: the price decreases from €575 to €200 thanks to the financing of the Spanish Secretary of State for the EU!


Do not miss the opportunity!


Book your place before Christmas for only €50: due to the high demand it is advisable to book in advance your place in the course, you are going to be able to do so until December 19th for €50.





The Course on the European Union is going to take place from March 2nd until May 20th. Classes are going to be held in CEI’s headquarters, Mondays and Wednesdays from 16h until 19h.




This course has a professional approach that is going to make you deepen your knowledge on the European Union in several areas: social, economic and political.




Do you want to train in situ? There is no better choice than the Course on the EU! You will be able to attend a trip to Brussels –planned for April 14th and 15th 2020 – during which you are going to continue with your training in the headquarters of several European institutions, living from inside the work that is done there.




Classes are going to be taught by experts on the European Union, in particular by senior civil servants, diplomats, lawyers and university professors that are going to provide a theoretical and practical approach of the European Union, as well as the work routines of the EU institutions.




A maximum of 5 unpaid internship places are going to be offered in several institutions related to the EU, such as: European Union Representation in Madrid, IEMed, Europe Direct, Eurecat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation…




You will obtain a diploma jointly awarded by the coorganizers: the CEI and the  the Secretary of State for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and the Secretary of Foreign Action and European Union of the Generalitat de Catalunya as a collaborator. A minimum of 80% of attendance to the sessions is required.


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The Course on the European Union is co-organized by the CEI International Affairs, the Secretary of State for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, with the collaboration of the Secretary of Foreign Action and European Union of the Generalitat de Catalunya.



Do not hesitate and ask now about the Course on the EU!


  • Remember that you can book your place for €50 before December 19th.


CONFERENCE: “Fragilities and frictions in the global economy: Diagnostic and implications”


Organization: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: "La Caixa", the Master in Internationalization UB and the Master Financial Markets UB


Date: 2nd October

Place: Palau Macaya (Passeig Sant Joan 108, Barcelona)


"The risks they plan on the global economy are as diverse as they are relevant and their eventual implications are far beyond the strictly economic or business spheres. On the one hand, economic growth has been the lowest since 2009 in 2019, reopening discussions about "secular stagnation". International trade and the expansion of global value chains experienced a slowdown even before the escalation of trade tensions since early 2018. Doubts about the extent to which the financial fragility that led a decade ago to the crisis had been "repaired" has reopened in view of the evolution of debt volume and quality, evaluating unimaginable scenarios a few years ago such as the persistence of negative interest rates or the emergence of private global digital currencies. Scientific-technological advances raise, in first term, as many hopes for progress and secondly, as misgivings about how their "dividends" and human-machine relations will be distributed, accentuating socio-political fears and misgivings. At the time, concerns about sustainability dimensions advance in public preoccupations and agendas. Having clear diagnoses is especially important in facing complex realities as those now faced, as well as evaluating the polyhedral scopes of their implications, as a basis for proposing lines of adequacy and action. This is the ambitious goal of the 2020 Macaya Conference."






  • Àngel Pes, CEI International Affairs.
  • Juan Tugores, Director of the Conference.


11:00 h. – 12:30 h. ROUNDTABLE: "Frailties and frictions in the global economy: Diagnosis and implications”

  • Federico Steinberg, Principal researcher at the Real Instituto Elcano.
  • Joan Tristany, General Director of AMEC.
  • Aurèlia Mañé, delegate of the rector of international relations and expert in energy and Arab countries.


Moderator: Juan Tugores, Professor of Economics at the University of Barcelona.







Date: 2nd October 2020


Location: Palau Macaya (Passeig Sant Joan, 108, Barcelona)


Registration: To attend the Seminar it is essential to register here.  



“The international (un)protection of victims of trafficking”


Organization: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: ”la Caixa” and CIMCETT (Research Group of the UAB and the UdG on International cooperation as an essential means for the fight against human trafficking)


Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Place: Palau Macaya (Passeig Sant Joan, 108 - Barcelona)



"Trafficked victims are addressed in the regulations in charge of fighting this scourge more as objects than as subjects of it. The lack of results that this perspective offers requires reflection on the need for a paradigm shift, which will be the focus of this conference. "







- Representative of the CEI International Affairs


- Montserrat Pi Llorens, Director of the Conference



17:15 h.- 19:00h. ROUND TABLE 


- Dr. Jorge Cardona, Professor of Public International Law, University of Valencia


- Mrs. Judith Carreras, Adviser at the OIT Office in Spain 


- Mrs. Valentina Milano, Professor of Public International Law, University of the Balearic Islands


- Mrs. Rosa Cendón, Coordinator of the SICAR Cat program, Barcelona



Moderator: Dr. Esther Zapater, Professor of Public International Law UAB, member of CIMCETT



19:00 h.- 19:30h. Debate and questions 



19:30 h.- 19:45h. CLOSURE OF THE CONFERENCE  



General information 


Date: February 20, 2020


Place: Palau Macaya (Passeig Sant Joan, 108, Barcelona) 


Registration: Registration required here


The 2019-2020 Promotion of the Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations has had the honor of being the first in many aspects: The first Official Master's promotion, the first Liriodendron tulipifera tree in the CEI ... but, above all, the first to experience many changes due to a global pandemic.


The 2019-2020 Promotion has finished its Master classes in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, adapting perfectly to the 100% online teaching methodology.


They did not resign themselves and asked to celebrate their graduation, how could it be and when could it be: With a mask, reduced capacity, without catering, with a staggered arrival ... and they did it!



With the consent of the Department of Institutional Relations and Protocol of the University of Barcelona, ​​a very special and emotional graduation could be held, following the strict protocol security rules.


The graduation included the parliaments of:


  • Dr. Àngel Pes, Director of the CEI International Affairs


  • Dra. Helena Torroja, Academic Director of the CEI


  • Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde, Executive Director of the Master 2019-2020


  • The closing conference by HE. Mr. Grammenos Mastrojeni, Italian Diplomat and Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean.


  • The speech of the students by Mrs. Núria Iglesias Ollé, Delegate for the Human Security Itinerary within the Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations.



The CEI will always be your home, good luck in your internships!


Your promotion will never be forgotten!




We interviewed Dr. Marta Abegón, director of the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy, to resolve the most frequent questions about the course:



What is the origin of the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy?

The Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy, organized by the CEI International Affairs with the collaboration of the Diplomatic School of Madrid, has been held annually for nineteen years. The purpose of this is to know and discuss the basic lines of current Spanish foreign policy, its projections and main challenges.



What is the methodology of the course?

The Course, which takes place over a week, is structured in five round tables composed of two speakers, one of them with a political or diplomatic profile invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and the other from the academic or professional world. This format allows encouraging debate and discussion from diverse perspectives and approaches, as well as allowing their enrichment from the contributions and questions of the attendees.



Who is Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy aimed at?

The Course is addressed to the general public and to those interested in international relations, diplomatic relations and Spanish foreign action. Also, the Course is especially interesting for university students, particularly enrolled in Law Studies, Political Science or International Relations.



Can this training be taken in each edition?

No doubts. The format of the course is the same as in previous editions but the themes vary each depending on the agenda, priorities and strategic areas of the external action of Spain. In this sense, not only is there no problem in repeating attendance to the Course, but, on the contrary, this allows us to keep abreast of developments or changes in course, thus obtaining knowledge in perspective.



 What knowledge will be obtained by those who attend this edition of the Course?

The participants in the present edition of the Course, apart from knowing the main challenges and strategies of the foreign policy of Spain in their geographical projections of greater interest (Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Latin America), will have the opportunity to discuss Spain's role in the fight against climate change, as well as its action against the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

Have you ever considered focusing your career on Sustainable Development? If so, you will like to know if it is a good time to train in sustainability.

Dr Àngel Pes, Director of the CEI International Affairs and former President of the Spanish Network of the Global Compact answers your questions:








You will know in depth all the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, which will prepare you to have the knowledge necessary to make an effective transition to sustainability, enabling you to respond urgently and effectively to the challenge of climate change.





The academic program of the Master in Sustainable Development will cover the 17 SDGs and the current COVID 19 global crisis: 


  • Sustainable Development Economy
  • Inclusive Sustainable Development and the SDGs
  • Sustainable development and climate change


For this we will have highly qualified teachers, from the academic field (both social and natural sciences) and from the business field, with the best experts in the sector.






By completing the Master’s degree in Sustainable Development (blended learning), among others, you will be able to develop your career in:


  • Civil servant positions at government bodies or agencies with direct responsibility for any aspect of the 2030 Agenda or SDGs (e.g. the Catalan government, provincial governments, town councils).
  • Officer at a non-governmental organization in the field of development cooperation, the environment or the protection of human rights.
  • Sustainability manager at a national or international company.



Do not hesitate and find out now about the Master’s degree in Sustainable Development! The Master will start in September 2020 (academic year 2020-2021), and will have a degree from the University of Barcelona.

CEI's news course, Stock Exchange Sessions, aims to answer the question:


What should we know in order to manage our personal wealth?


The Stock Exchange Sessions have the goal of truly answering the aforementioned question and offer the necessary tools of analysis in order to understand the working of different stock markets. You can check the Teaching plan.


The Stock Exchange Course pretends to make a reflection and give eminently practical perspective on the stock exchange, as well as an understandable vision of the different financial products and their risks.


The aim of the Stock Exchange Sessions is to approximate financial markets to university students. Nonetheless, the course pretends to provide the students with the tools that help them to have a critical ability in analyzing a changing environment.





The program has a duration of 75 hours, distributed in seven classroom conferences, one Trading Competition virtual online and one Practicum.


The Trading Competition virtual online wants to approximate the professional operation to the student, taking into account the acquired knowledge of the University Courses, elaborating a diary of operations that must be attached to one justification for each operation. The attendee will have to present a minimum of 5 explained operations.


The Practicum is going to consist in a deep analysis of a Spanish company of the Spanish Continuous Market. The activity is going to be presented in pairs in order to promote teamwork and the capacity to discuss about different points of view in economic and business analysis.





180 euros for the enrollment. 


  • All the students who enroll the Stock Exchange Sessions are going to have a 50% discount in the Practical Course on Stock Exchange, organized by CEI and Borsa de Barcelona.


  • All the students are going to receive by mail the BME Research report, with the analysis of current financial markets.





Online registration: From October 1st to March 10th 2020


Duration of the course: From March 11th 2020 to April 31st 2020


You can make your registration sending to drey@ceibcn.com


  • Registration form


  • ID


  • The payment slip of 180€





In order to pass the Stock Exchange Sessions it is necessary:


  • To attend to at a minimum of 50% of the classroom sessions.


  • Presentation of a orders diary (30%).


  • Presentation of the Practicum. (70%).


At the end of the Stock Exchange Sessions, having completed the whole program, a Certifying Diploma is going to be delivered by the Centre d’Estudis Internacionals (CEI), and Borsa de Barcelona, BME.


The course counts up to 3 ECTS credits in the Faculty of Economics of the University of Barcelona. Moreover, it also counts up to 3 ECTS credits in UIC





You can check the Teaching planFor any inquiry, you can contact by calling: +34 93 205 45 16 or by email: drey@ceibcn.com.

Would you like to be an expert in European Projects? Become the professional your company needs!


With the Course on European Projects you will specialize in the European environment and we will guide you in the design of the financing strategy with European funds, as well as in the presentation of a proposal.



Financing options


  • Discounted course fees for Spanish companies through FUNDAE (antigua F. Tripartita).


Tuition Express Loan: Total term of 10 months, 0% interest rate (APR from 6.90% to 11.92%), 3% opening commission (minimum € 50). No study fees, amortization or cancellation.



Starting in October 2020, we started this new online training, which will allow you to learn how to formulate European projects with the most prestigious experts evaluators of European innovation aid programs, such as:



Horizon Europe HorizonEurope mini
Eurostars-Eureka Eurostars
Innowide Innowide
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What will this online course consist of?


Through the learning by doing methodology, which ensures practical use of the classes, master classes will be taught in streaming on the following areas:


  • "Innovation in the European environment"
  • "Drafting of European Projects"
  • "Writing Persuasive Proposals in English"
  • "Practical training" for drafting a clear, concise proposal focused on the criteria of the call.

The distinctive character of this course has one of its bases in preparing students to prepare proposals in English, with an exclusive module dedicated to persuasive writing in English, something totally pioneering in courses of this type.


To access the course you must prove the level of English (minimum B2). 



What degree will I get?


Those who attend the course, who pass the tests, will obtain the Expert Title (for university graduates) in European Project Writing issued by the University of Barcelona (UB).


Those without a previous university degree may obtain an extension certificate.

Under the title “United Arab Emirates, its economy and bilateral relations with Spain”, the Hon. Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), participated the last October 22 2019 in the International Classroom program organized by the CEI International Affairs.


At the meeting, to which different personalities from the business and university world attended, the Ambassador Álvarez spoke about the history, politics, economy and the place that Spain has on the relations with the UAE.


Starting for a summary of the country’s history, the Ambassador Álvarez explained the particularities of the British colonization of the UAE, based on a protectorate system with a high autonomy in internal affairs, as well as the historical process of the federation of the emirates after its independence. Moreover, he said that, despite the country’s federal character, the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the most prosperous, has been consolidating its power and centrality in the federation, as reflected in the fact that the highest authority of the UAE, the president, is the emir of Abu Dhabi itself, Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEI


The UAE stands out because of its internal stability.


  • Without a liberal democratic regime, the rulers have assured their relative legitimacy through their will and ability to raise the living standards of citizens.


  • The particular composition of the population also stands out: of the county’s ten million residents only one and a half million (a 12%) have the Emirati nationality.


  • The workforce bulk is foreign, in many cases long-term residents who cannot obtain the Emirate nationality due to the limited naturalization regime.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEI


With regard to the characteristics of the market and the existing economic opportunities, the Ambassador emphasized on the hiper-competitive nature of the Emirate market and the particular idiosyncrasy of the business customs, which require to investors an approach based on perseverance and confidence relationship with local partners.


The UAE has achieved to occupy a position as business hub thanks to its geographical position, at the mid-way between Europe and the Asia-Pacific, and the liberal nature of its society, very opened to what comes from abroad in comparison with other countries of the area. The Ambassador Álvarez also pointed out that the percentage of oil and gas industries’ revenue with respect to the GDP is relatively low (30%) if it is compared with other countries of the Persian Gulf. It is in this way because the Emirates have managed to diversify its economy; specially, they are fomenting bank, energy and tourism sectors (including medical tourism) and infrastructures.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEI


Regarding the country’s foreign policy, Ambassador Álvarez pointed out the policy of alliances that the UAE have forged over the years: alliance with the United States and alienation with the capitalist block during the Cold War, as well as a policy of good relations and no enmity with the main regional powers (including Iran). This situation allowed the UAE to focus on its internal development without having to be involved in regional conflicts.


Nonetheless, in the last years, a change in this approach can be perceived, with new nuances and vectors that start to break some past equilibriums. Either the economic model for development itself or its regional strategic vision and the involved diplomatic re-equilibriums have derived in a higher participation in foreign politics, especially at the regional scope, where it has played and is playing a significant role in the development of Yemen, Syria, Libya or the Horn of Africa. In foreign politics, as well, the UAE stands out for being one of the countries that invest more money in OAD.


Encuentro con el Embajador de España en Emiratos Árabes Unidos - CEIRegarding the relations with Spain, it should be highlighted, on the one hand, the great trade superavit of Spain towards the UAE and, on the other hand, the fact that the largest Spanish colony in all Asia is found in the UAE. In addition, the Ambassador also pointed out the interest that the Emirate citizenry has in the Spanish culture.


Mr. Álvarez ended by highlighting the role that the Expo Dubai 2020 is going to have in the building of a good country’s reputation within the international community.


Report elaborated by Manel Gispert

Internship at CEI International Affairs - Degree in Global Studies, UPF

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Are you in? If you want to imagine yourself in internships like these, do not hesitate to inform yourself about the Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations.

The Constitution of 1988 establishes Brazil as a federal republic with 26 states and one federal district (the capital city, Brasilia). The National Congress, formed by the Federal Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, is the body on which the legislative power at the federal level resides.


The President, currently Jair Messias Bolsonaro, is elected every four years by universal suffrage and holds simultaneously the Head of State and Government, since Brazil is a country under a presidential regime, which also gives him broad powers.


Regarding to the economic conjuncture, Brazil has a Gross Domestic Product of 2.02 trillion dollars, the reason why it is one of the largest world economies. In addition, despite moderately, it continues to grow year after year after the hard crisis that the country suffered. Furthermore, the inflation, one of the main persistent economic concerns in the whole South America, has been kept below the objective set by the country’s central bank (3.8% vs. 4.5%).


With regard to the diplomatic relations with Spain, both countries have always enjoyed good bilateral relations. Moreover, with around 133.000 people, Brazil is the third South American country with more Spaniards. In addition, some agreements have been signed between both countries in order to promote political and commercial relations, it’s important to mention that Brazil is the country in the whole Latin America that receives more Spanish exports.


The Hon. Mr. Fernando García Casas, Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of Brazil, is going to talk about the current situation and the relations of Brazil with Spain, commercially and diplomatically.


Source: Brazil Country Tab (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation). 



Meeting and lunch:  


Date: 26/11/2019


Aimed at: Journalists, academics, representatives of institutions, and entrepreneurs (at the express invitation of CEI International Affairs) 


Hours: from 13:30 h. to 4:00 pm.


PlaceAvda. Vallvidrera, 25. Barcelona.


Contact: Sra. Àngels Vara


Price: 75 Euros (corresponding to lunch)

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You will know in depth all the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, which will prepare you to have the knowledge necessary to make an effective transition to sustainability, enabling you to respond urgently and effectively to the challenge of climate change.





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  • Sustainable Development Economy


  • Inclusive Sustainable Development and the SDGs


  • Sustainable development and climate change


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Students from the professional world will have to complete a project that can be implemented at a company or institution.






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After the long history of the International Classroom program, carried out by the CEI with the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, we have initiated a new activity: CEI’s Afterworks!


We have had the pleasure of counting with Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates, to inaugurate this innovative event:



In the context of the periodic visits of Ambassadors of Spain in the exterior that we receive at the CEI, we have initiated a new cycle, CEI’s Afterworks!



What are the CEI’s Afterworks?


CEI Afterworks are private events, in which people assist thanks to a CEI’s invitation. The event usually takes place during the afternoon (from 19h) at the Soho House Barcelona private club.

Afterworks’ aim is to get the young and the business public closer to the different Ambassadors that we are going to receive over the course so that they can know more about a specific country, and at the same time get in touch with the Ambassador and do networking with the rest of assistants.



The first Afterwork, with the of the Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates


We had the big pleasure of inaugurating this activity with Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates, as a keynote speaker.


The event was carried out around a brilliant introductory explanation of the country by the Ambassador focused on historical, economic, political… issues to afterwards open a discussion and a time for questions in which such different issues were treated:


  • Advice for the firms wishing to operate in the United Arab Emirates.


  • Women’s situation in the country.


  • Human Rights’ situation.


  • The denomination of tax haven.


And a long etcetera that allowed the assistants to know even the best tourist recommendations of the country by the hands of the Ambassador.



SAVE THE DATE: The next Afterwork is going to take place on November 26th, with the Ambassador of Spain to Brazil.

On 25 February, the CEI’s International Classroom took place with the Ambassador of Spain to Peru, H.E. Mr. Ernesto de Zulueta Habsburg-Lorena. The session was organized in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia.


The ambassador began his presentation by pointing out that Peru is possibly on the doorstep of a cycle change after the social riots that have rocked the Latin American continent during 2019, coupled with the political will to break ties with a corruption that has led the last four former presidents to be convicted, charged or become fugitives from justice. This change will coincide with the celebration in 2021 of both the bicentenary of the country's independence and the presidential elections.


He then defined the recent political context of the nation. The ambassador took office in 2015 with the 2016 Peruvian pre-election campaign, which was to enable the 4th democratic-era presidential respite after Fujimori. He wished to emphasize that it was the first time that the two final candidates for the presidency coincided with the current economic model and in order to reduce the social inequality that continues to hurt Peruvian society. After an economic dynamism that had led to a triple in GDP per capita since the beginning of 2000 and with the apparent political consensus, the 2016 elections were hopeful but President Kuczynski would eventually resign in March 2018 dotted with the Odebrecht corruption case.


Vice President Martín Vizcarra then took office leading a government mired in a political crisis that has been marked by the constant confrontation with the Legislative, controlled by the Fujimorista Popular Force party, as well as the shock caused for the uncovering of the bribery network in the judicial elites (Lava Jato case) and the new revelations of the Odebrecht case, for the impact by the revocation of Fujimori's pardon, and for the emergence of populism both messianic (THE FREPAP) and nationalist (Union for Peru).




Vizcarra has even had to overcome a vote of confidence, but its firm commitment to fighting corruption and its proposals for political and judicial reforms have led it to maintain unprecedented levels of popular approval among the last presidents. However, being constrained by the obstructionism of the Congress, he dissolved it in September last year and called early congressional elections last month. The results have given a fractional hemicycle but it has undermined the weight of fujimorism so it is hoped that it will now be able to continue with its draft constitutional reform that posed, inter alia, the monitoring of party financing to increase transparency or the elimination of congressional re-election.


Mr. Zulueta Habsburgo-Lorena noted that closing the important economic gap between Lima and the other regions and reflecting the good health of macroeconomic data into real social improvements are also presented as political challenges.


It then proceeded to present the economic context highlighting the high annual average growth over the past two decades (about 6% until 2013, just over 3% from then until 2018), its low inflation, contractual stability and enviable strategic position, making it the 5th most attractive country for investment in the region and has led it to number 72 according to the index of global competitiveness of the World Economic Forum and to call for admission to the OECD.


According to the ambassador, another dynamic aspect of Peru's economy is its defense of multilateralism and free trade that is reflected in the trade agreements it has signed with more than two dozen countries, the economic complementation agreement with Mercosur , its membership in the Pacific Alliance and the WTO, its subscription of the Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP) or the 2013 Multipart Agreement with the EU which liberalises 95% of bilateral trade.


EmbEspPeruAs weaknesses in its economic structure he mentioned dependence on raw materials, institutional weakness, social inequality, regional disparities, high informality exceeding 70%, and deficit in infrastructure and innovation.


In terms of future forecasting, the country is expected to grow at an average rate of 4.4% between 2020 and 2030 backed by economic policies that improve competitiveness and productivity, and reforms that serve to continue attracting private investment, increase enforcement of public investment, ensuring legal certainty, simplifying administrative barriers and increasing tax transparency. The ambassador is optimistic and believes that in this context great opportunities open up for Spanish companies, pending the signing of a double taxation agreement.


Spain has been a permanent investor in the Peruvian territory since the 1990s. And in fact, it leads the ranking in relation to the accumulated balance of foreign direct investment, focusing especially on the telecommunications, financial services and oil and gas extraction sectors. Currently there are more than 400 Spanish companies established in Peru, among which are almost all of the IBEX and progressively with the internationalization of SMEs, these have also been entering the market. In the trade area, the bilateral balance is in deficit for Spain, with the coverage rate normally around 40%. On the other hand, he noted that Spain's observer status in the Pacific Alliance allows him to act on two axes: boosting the Peruvian internal market and as an internationalization base for the Alliance in the EU and Africa.


Another key aspect that was mentioned is that the sectors with the best prospects to undertake projects are infrastructure, water and sanitation services, agro-exportation, the circular economy, education and health services.


Finally, the rapporteur gave a recommendation to facilitate the performance of SMEs in Peru which he invited to take into account the difference between the two countries with regard to the maturation periods of the projects and to always include in contracts the arbitration clauses conflicts.



Report prepared by Inés Casado Montes

Sudent of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps.

One of the CEI International Affairs’ founders is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, that's why the CEI is considered as the Barcelona Diplomatic School.


Thanks to such a close relation, the Master in Diplomacy former students have been included this year in the beneficiaries of specific Ministry scholarships for paid internships.


A new opportunity to do an internship


All the students of the Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations do mandatory internships during their formation, which can be carried out in International Organizations like the United Nations, different institutions of the European Union; Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Representations of Spain; private firms; NGOs…


Where are some of our former students going to do the internships?


On the one hand, the greater part is going to do the internship of more than 9 months of duration representing the State in the Exterior:






In other cases, the internships are going to be in Madrid, in the AECID:





On the other hand, some of our former students are going to remain in the capital city, to do the internships in the Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry: María Luisa peña, Enric Rubiella and Carlos Cañellas.


We wish you all the best of luck and take full advantage of this opportunity!

The meeting began with a brief introduction by Dr. Ana G. Juanatey, in which she spoke about sustainable development during COVID-19. The academic commented on the price that the economies will have to pay to accelerate the economic recovery: the prioritization of the growth objectives before other global challenges, especially the environmental ones that are codified in projects such as the 2030 Agenda or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Along the same lines, Juanatey mentioned that currently several public administrations are dismantling many of the environmental regulations approved in the past. Before giving the floor to the ambassador, Dr Ana García Juanatey asked the ambassador what, in her opinion, would be the Chinese position on this dilemma.

The Hon. Mr. Rafael Dezcallar de Mazarredo began his speech with a brief contextualization on the growth of the Chinese economy, in which he emphasized its speed. The Asian country has been able, in a relatively short period of time, to eliminate large segments of poverty within its territory.


This economic growth, of course, has been translated into political influence in the International Community. For example, through the Belt and Road Initiative (IFR, BRI), which has made many investments in infrastructure around the world, with special attention to Asia and Africa. Although the ambassador highlighted the challenges that the Asian nation has ahead of today (high public and private indebtedness, the doubts generated by the development of its financial system, etc.) one of the long-term priorities of the great Asian country is technological development and the transition to the digital economy as a catalyst to develop projects based on artificial intelligence (AI). China has developed a parallel and competitive digital environment to that of the United States, and wants to create modern armed forces with the aim of being able to face the American influence in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the area of ​​the South China Sea.

The relationship between China and the United States was one of the aspects that the ambassador analyzed in depth. Specifically, he spoke of the objective that the US has pursued since the Asian country began to develop: change the rules of the game of globalization, which in his opinion have favored China. In some cases, this translates into seeking decoupling, which consists of eliminating global value chains that it considers favorable to China. However, this carries a high degree of difficulty, as many large American multinationals rely on Chinese suppliers. Another complication that the American government has with this strategy is the comparative advantages that the Chinese economy has today: it produces at a lower cost, it has large infrastructures and competitive suppliers as well as abundant and qualified labor and, finally, It has the largest internal market in the world.

Following this explanation, the ambassador described how the Chinese economy had reacted to the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Specifically, he mentioned that the virus affected global value chains and caused rising unemployment and the closure of many small and medium-sized companies. This happened at the beginning of the crisis, because the country was the focus of the pandemic, and later because international markets were severely affected. Although the initial blow was hard, since the outbreak arose within its borders, China has been the first to be able to control the pandemic, in addition to becoming the global supplier of medical supplies such as masks or respirators. This has sparked even more rivalry with the United States, which has resulted in a fight for the narrative about the pandemic, with consequences such as the US withdrawal from the WHO, which responds to the US strategy of targeting China as guilty of its extension.

In this context, what should the EU's foreign policy be?

The solution, for the ambassador, is based on the European Union's search for its own political and economic space, not in automatic alignment with China or the United States. The EU has the economic and political weight to be able to do it. Although the Union agrees with the United States on the fundamental political values ​​that it defends and that China must open up its economy more, including the financial sector, it does not share the American position of waging a trade war with China or of ending globalization, global value chains and the multilateral system. Furthermore, China, despite its growing influence in Eastern Europe, sees the EU as a potential ally, which can be an effective counterweight to American influence.

Embajador de España en China

In the case of Spain, the Hon. Mr. Dezcallar described the relations between both countries as good. He stressed that, in the eyes of China, Spain is not a secondary country, given its influence in Europe, the Mediterranean and Latin America. However, it has not been possible to take advantage of the full economic potential of this cooperation. Despite having a negative balance of payments with China (with a coverage rate of 23%), there are many possibilities to develop a good collaboration in different areas such as trade, investment, technology, tourism, fashion, etc. However, different factors in the recent situation of both countries, as well as the situation created by the pandemic since the beginning of 2020, have made it difficult until now to carry out short-term projects. In the future, there are very positive perspectives to fully develop the different fields of cooperation included in the Declaration approved on the occasion of President Xi Jinping's visit to Spain in November 2018. Furthermore, at this time, China has set a goal of breaking the deadlock. development caused by COVID-19 to develop the internal market - unlike the strategy followed to emerge from the 2008 recession, based on construction and infrastructure - and here Spanish companies, especially those in the service sector, can develop interesting projects in the Asian country.

In short, China is clearly in a process of growth and development, although there are still sectors where it lags behind the US. However, the ambassador repeatedly stressed that China's interest at the moment is to avoid dependence on third countries in key areas such as technology, economy or defense, rather than replace the US as a superpower in the international community.

Report prepared by Luis Tort-Martorell

Student of the Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations

The Constitution of 1971 establishes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a federal monarchy formed by seven entities with a high level of autonomy named emirates. The most powerful political and legislative organ is the Federal Supreme Council or the Council of Emirs, formed by the seven emirs, who choose their president every five years.


Nonetheless, since the founding of the UAE, the tradition is that the president of that body is the emir of Abu Dhabi (federal capital of the UAE), currently the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The prime minister, elected by the Federal Supreme Council is the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also emir of Dubai and vice-president of the UAE.


Regarding the economic situation, the UAE is characterized by the high economic freedom enjoyed in the country. Its economy is highly based on the extraction and export of oil, although the jewelry production and export sector is also important.


Currently, Spain and the UAE are strengthening this diplomatic relations both in the political field with numerous meetings between the heads of State and Government of both countries and in the economic area that, despite the latest drops in Spanish exports to the UAE, their overall calculation has increased in 920 million euros since 2009.


The Hon. Mr. Antonio Álvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the United Arab Emirates, is going to talk about the current situation and the relations of the United Arab Emirates with Spain, commercially and diplomatically.


Source: United Arab Emirates Country Tab (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation). 



Meeting and lunch:  


Date: 22/10/2019


Aimed at: Journalists, academics, representatives of institutions, and entrepreneurs (at the express invitation of CEI International Affairs) 


Hours: from 13:30 h. to 4:00 pm.


PlaceAvda. Vallvidrera, 25. Barcelona.


Contact: Sra. Àngels Vara


Price: 75 Euros (corresponding to lunch)


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