An event that has achieved to become a benchmark on its very first edition
IV Edition Foro La Toja 2022
From September 29th to October 1st
  • A unique meeting guided by the excellence of its speakers and guests.
  • A benchmark event for intellectual and academic discussion.
  • A space to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences.
2022 Programme
    • Thursday, September 29th
    • 04.30 pm Opening Session Amancio López Seijas, President of Hotusa Group and Forum Sponsor
      Alfonso Rueda, President of the Regional Government of Galicia
    • Award “Foro La Toja-Vínculo Atlántico”
    • 05.30 pm Vino Español
    • 06.00 pm Conversation Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs (streaming)
      José Manuel Albares, Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation
      Josep Piqué,Entrepreneur, economist and former minister
    • 09.00 pm Dinner
    • Friday, September 30th
    • 9.15 am Panel: The autonomy and energy security of Europe Mario Ruíz-Tagle, CEO Iberdrola Spain.
      Antonio Llardén, President of Enagás
      Beatriz Corredor, President of REDEIA
      Carmen Becerril, President of OMIE
      Iñaki Garay, Director of Communication, Brand and Advertising of the Public Business Entity Renfe – Operadora
    • 10.30 am Conference Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of Partido Popular
    • 11.15 am Coffee break
    • 11.45 am Panel: Iberoamérica in the new international order Jose Juan Ruíz, Elcano Royal Institute
      Andrés Allamand, Ibero-American General Secretary
      Mauricio Macri, Former President of Argentina
      Trinidad Jiménez , Exminister of Spain
    • 01.00 pm Conversation Felipe González, Former president of the Government of Spain
      Mariano Rajoy, Former president of the Government of Spain
      Anabel Díez, Journalist
    • 02.30 pm Lunch
    • 04.30 pm Panel: Cybersecurity: from need to urgency Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, Former vice president of the Government of Spain.
      Carmen Artigas, Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence
      Antonio Huertas, President of MAPFRE
      Carlos López Blanco, Senior Advisor at Flint Global
    • 05.30 pm Panel: Fight against inflation Isabel Schnabel, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
      Antón Costas, President CES
      Carlos Costa, Ex governor of Banco de Portugal

      Alejandra Kindelán, President of AEB
    • 06.45 pm Coffee Break
    • 07.00 pm Panel: “The demographic challenge and territorial cohesion” Alfonso Rueda, President of the Regional Government of Galicia
      Juanma Moreno, President of the Regional Government of Andalucía
      María Chivite, President of the Regional Government of Navarra.
      Ximo Puig, Director Asociada of Thinking Heads
      Edelmira Barreira, Former Government Commissioner for the Demographic Challenge
    • 09.00 pm Dinner
    • Saturday, October 1st
    • 09.00 am Panel: The future of globalisation
      Pablo Hernández de Cos, Governor of Banco de España
      Francisco Botas, Advisor Abanca
      Irene Cano, CEO Meta Spain and Portugal
      Javier Sánchez Prieto, President of Iberia
      Rocío Martínez Sampere, Director Fundación Felipe González
    • 10.30 h Panel: The rebirth of the Atlantic Link Juan Francisco Martínez Núñez, Secretary of State of Defense Spanish Government.
      Thomas Hitschler, Viceminister of Defense German Government.
      José Ignacio Torreblanca. ECFR
    • 11.20 am Coffee break
    • 12.15 pm Closing Josep Piqué, President Foro La Toja
      Pedro Sánchez, Presidente Gobierno de España (video)

      Panel: How the war in Ukraine has changed Europe
      Josep Borrell. Vicepresidente Comisión Europea (Keynote)
    • 02.00 pm Lunch
2022 edition
  • Josep Borrell
    Vice-President of the European Commission
  • José Manuel Albares
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Mauricio Macri
    Expresident of República Argentina
  • Andrés Allamand
    Ibero-American General Secretary
  • Isabel Schnabel
    Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
  • Pablo Hernández de Cos
    Governor of Banco de España
  • Carlos Costa
    Exgovernor of Bando de Portugal
  • Carmen Artigas
    Secretary of State for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence
  • Alberto Núñez Feijóo
    President of Partido Popular
  • Felipe González
    Expresident Spain
  • Mariano Rajoy
    Expresident Spain
  • Antonio Huertas
    President of MAPFRE
  • Mario Ruiz-Tagle
    Chief Executive Officer of Iberdrola Spain
  • Antonio Llardén
    Chairman Enagás
  • Carmen Becerril
    President OMIE
  • Alfonso Rueda
    President of the Regional Goverment of Galicia
  • Juan Manuel Moreno
    President of the Regional Government of Andalucía.
  • María Chivite
    President of the Regional Goverment of Navarra
  • Antón Costas
    President CES
  • Anabel Díez
  • Miri Barreira
    Senior Adviser Thinking Heads
  • Trinidad Jiménez
    Exminister of Spain
  • Josep Piqué
    Entrepreneur, economist and former minister
  • Alejandra Kindelán
    Chair and CEO of the Spanish Banking Association (AEB)
  • Rocío Martínez Sampere
    Director Fundación Felipe González
  • Carlos López Blanco
    Senior Adviser Flint Global & Presidente of Fundación ESYS
  • Soraya Saenz de Santamaría
    CUATRECASAS Presidency assistant, Councilor of State and Former Vice President of the Government
  • Jose Juan Ruíz
    Chairman of the Elcano Royal institute
  • Mr. Ignacio Torreblanca
    Director of the Office in Madrid and and Chief Investigator of the European Council on Foreing Relacions (ECFR)
  • Javier Sánchez Prieto
    CEO Iberia
  • Francisco Botas Ratera
    CEO Abanca
  • Beatriz Corredor
    President of REDEIA
  • Iñaki Garay
    Director of Communication, Brand and Advertising of the Public Business Entity Renfe – Operadora
  • Irene Cano
    CEO Meta Spain and Portugal
  • Thomas Hitschler
    Viceminister of Defense German Government
Central themes
Forum Boards
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a historic and defining moment in the future of international order. When the battle for world dominance seemed to have shifted to the Pacific region, Russia’s aggression on a sovereign nation in European territory has dragged us back to the worst moments in 20th-century European history and has forced all Western countries to redefine their strategic priorities. From defensive alliances to energy supplies; from cybersecurity to the future of financial and commercial transactions – countless aspects of our daily lives have been affected by the course of events in Ukraine.

The Russian invasion has marked a turning point in European security policy, as fundamental international rights have been blatantly violated through the occupation of a sovereign, independent state by a hostile force. The international reaction this aggression has triggered, especially on European soil, is proportionate to the gravity of the offence. The exemplary resistance by Ukrainian citizens has awoken the conscience of the people of Europe and – in contrast to what happened after the annexation of Crimea – the response has been resounding and ambitious. Germany’s shift of position with its decision to increase military expenditure has set a historic milestone, as has the decision by Switzerland to abandon its traditional neutrality to support the Ukrainian resistance.

It will be necessary to increase the defence budget, but there is also a need to design an industrial policy in line with the new strategic goals: telecommunications, the military industry, or the digital world are sectors that will require an increased input of Western research and cooperation. If the Internet was created as a tool for military use, research and development in the defence-related field will also have to generate new technological breakthroughs whose development and regulation should be shared on both sides of the Atlantic.

Just as the pandemic accelerated the digitalisation process in our society and stimulated innovative cooperation solutions at European level, the conflict in Ukraine has served to bring the debate on its energy independence to the forefront of European priorities. Europe seems to have accepted the pressing need to regain independence in terms of energy and the diversification of its energy sources.

The conflict in Ukraine has resulted in unprecedented economic sanctions that have not only seriously damaged the Russian economy, but will also have an impact on Western economies. Just as we were emerging from the aftermath of the pandemic, another international shock came to rattle the economic recovery process and add more uncertainty to current imbalances. Once again we need to recalibrate fiscal and monetary policies in light of the events taking place in Ukraine.

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the brutality with which it has been deployed poses an unavoidable challenge for liberal international order and for European security. To the challenges we were already facing – climate change, digitalisation, inequality – further new and more urgent ones have been added. Only through the strengthening of the Atlantic Link and the democratic principles on which it is based can we face with hope the period of uncertainty opening up before our eyes.
Why an Atlantic discussion forum?
The phenomenon of globalization and the appearance of new powers with a strong focus on being in the spotlight have transformed the classical geostrategic equilibriums. New areas of influence have burst with economic and political strengths which present a clear challenge to western countries and the values they have defended throughout history.

Western civilization is being challenged by new political and economic models. However, the Atlantic axis maintains its status as a reference space in the world order. Beyond conjunctural circumstances, the two shores of the Atlantic constitute a community with a homogeneous cultural model that has defined our societies on both sides of the ocean. A humanistic model that protects the human being conceived as a unique being and whose rights and freedoms must be protected and preserved.

Our history is Atlantic, as it is our reality and will necessarily be our future. Not only is this accurate from the geographical point of view, but also culturally and economically. Despite competition from other areas of the planet, the Atlantic space continues to be an area integrated by economically, politically and socially developed countries, in an overwhelming majority.

Foro Atlántico "La Toja" is created as a space for dialogue between both sides of the Atlantic, an invitation to look together at the challenges we share, the problems we have to face and the possibility of doing it together. This is a major opportunity to look to the future from our common roots and our shared interests.
A vocation of excellence and plurality
Unlike other events, Foro Atlántico “La Toja” is posed as a singular meeting which is guided only by the excellence of speakers and guests. The forum is not meant to be a crowded date, but a benchmark for intellectual and academic debate. The guests will have the opportunity to listen to experts talking about their respective fields and to chat with them in an atmosphere specially designed to promote that exchange of ideas and experiences.

The independence of the criterion, plurality and excellence are the approach that will define the organization of the forum, which has no economic or business interests. It is guaranteed a balanced representation of the countries that form the Atlantic area to ensure the different visions and contributions of both seashores and hemispheres.
In defense of liberal democracy
Liberal democracy is one of the elements that have defined the value system of our western civilization. Nowadays this model, based on the limitation of political power through institutions, in open deliberation and respect for minorities, seems to be suffering a profound crisis that appears in many different ways: the rise of excluding nationalisms, the delegitimization of the representative system, the accession to power of messianic and authoritarian leaders, the attacks on the separation of powers or the press freedom, etc.

Populisms of all kinds, conceived as a way of subverting democratic institutions from within democracy, represent a clear threat to our current model of society. Our political systems must reconnect with citizens to rebuild the bonds of trust on which to articulate the representative systems. It is necessary that open societies are able to give effective answers to problems such as inequality and social exclusion, insecurity or migratory flows that foster disaffection.

Beyond the purely academic or political debate, it is also important to pay attention to the influence that this phenomenon is exerting on other aspects of reality such as the economy, the rights of individuals or the geostrategic situation. The rise of protectionism, the manoeuvres of internal destabilization as a new form of confrontation between countries or the growing risk of massive disinformation are some of the symptoms and consequences of this new paradigm.

All these elements are a subject for discussion and reflection at Foro Atlántico “La Toja”, always based on an unequivocal commitment to the values of liberal democracy and its achievements throughout history.
The location
Galicia, a land with an atlantic spirit
Galicia is the most Atlantic of the Spanish regions, thanks to its location in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula and to its character, always related to the sea.

The history of Galicia offers multitude of references that connect with the organization of a project of this nature in its territory. Galicia constituted a forum of attraction and cultural mixing thanks to the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, a phenomenon that undoubtedly contributed to build the current European identity and, by extension, the occidental culture.

The proximity – even with the language – between Galicia and Portugal brings to the forum the Iberian character. The celebration of this kind of meeting outside the common locations as Madrid and Barcelona also contributes to offer a more plural and balanced image of the Spanish reality.
Gran Hotel de La Toja, an iconic establishment
With over 100 years of history, Eurostars Gran Hotel La Toja 5* is truly iconic.
Galicia is the most Atlantic of the Spanish regions, both due to its location in the far north-west of the Iberian Peninsula and due to its character, which has always been connected to the sea. The history of Galicia has many references that tie in with the organisation of a project of this nature in the region. Galicia represented an appealing cultural melting pot as a result of pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. This undoubtedly contributed to shaping current European identity and, by extension, Western culture. The proximity -even linguistically- of Galicia to Portugal adds to the Iberian nature of the Forum. Holding a meeting of this kind outside the usual venues of Madrid or Barcelona also helps to convey a more diverse, balanced image of Spain.