OCTOBER 3,4 AND 5, 2024
SEVILLE, JUNE 12, 2024 - CaixaForum Seville ● ILLA DA TOXA, OCTOBER 3,4 AND 5, 2024 - Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de La Toja ● SEVILLE, JUNE 12, 2024 - CaixaForum
The Foro La Toja presents its sixth edition in a decisive year for defining the new framework of global geostrategic relations. 160 million Americans will decide whether Donald Trump returns to the presidency, with the consequences that such a change could bring to the polarized American society and an increasingly unstable international landscape. Additionally, 400 million Europeans will also elect their representatives this year in elections that will allow us to gauge the strength of formations challenging the major political consensuses upon which the European Union was built.

This electoral uncertainty is coupled with other serious causes for concern, such as the development of the wars in Ukraine and Gaza or the protectionist tensions in the global economy. Crises have long since become the new normal where governments and international institutions are compelled to carry out their work. Instability, turned into the new paradigm of governance, forces a revision of public priorities: security takes precedence over profitability, and strategic autonomy over free trade. However, not everything is a cause for pessimism; in recent years, we have also seen that the magnitude of the challenges has compelled different actors to strengthen their cooperative ties and explore more effective governance formulas.

Strategic and economic instability has also returned the State to a starring role as a protagonist in economic activity. The fiscal stimulus policies developed to overcome the COVID crisis are now joined by new tools aimed at ensuring strategic control of critical sectors for any country, such as energy and communication networks. In this environment, increasing economic regulation is seen as an indispensable tool to tackle major global challenges such as the decarbonization of the economy or the development of Artificial Intelligence. However, at the same time, more and more actors warn of the risks of hyper-regulation as a potential brake on the development of innovation and new economic activities. Simultaneously, it is necessary to address social unrest and restore confidence in the market economy’s ability to create and distribute wealth across society, which involves making employment the focus of economic policies. Probably the greatest challenge today in this field is anticipating and preventing the impact that Artificial Intelligence will have on the current model of labor relations.

Since its first edition, the Foro La Toja-Atlantic Link has continually reflected on the values that define our liberal democracies. This year, we continue to do so by addressing the widespread phenomenon of social polarization. The health and efficacy of a democratic system depend on minimal consensuses on values common to the entire society. Polarization undermines these consensuses and, consequently, makes our political systems less efficient and less democratic.

We will reflect on all these issues on October 3, 4, and 5 at our traditional meeting on the island of A Toxa. In the debates, we will have internationally renowned speakers such as Daron Acemoglu, Martin Wolf, Simon Montefiore, and Yasha Mounk. In addition to the institutional presence of the Government, the Xunta de Galicia, and the opposition leader, we will once again hear from the most authoritative voices in the business world to hear their suggestions on the reform agenda that our country needs.
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First confirmed speakers
  • Agustín Rayo
    Dean of the Harvard Humanities School
  • Alberto Núñez Feijoo
    President of the PP and leader of the opposition
  • Alfonso Rueda
    President of the Regional Goverment of Galicia
  • Angel Ubide
    CEO and Head of Global Fixed Income and Macroeconomics Studies at Citadel
  • Antonio Costa
    Prime Minister of Portugal (2015-2024)
  • Antón Costas
    President CES
  • Arancha González Laya
    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain
  • Beatriz Becerra
    MEP for Spain (2014-2019)
  • Carlos López Blanco
    Senior Adviser of Flint Global and President of the ESYS Foundation (Business, Security and Society)
  • Daniel Gascon
    Translator, writer and screenwriter
  • David Autor
    MIT Economics
  • Dolores de Cospedal
    Spanish Minister of Defense (2016–2018)
  • Enrico Letta
    Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy
  • Fátima Báñez
    Minister of Employment and Social Security of Spain (2011-2018)
  • Josep Borrell
    High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
  • Luis Garicano Gabilondo
    Member of the European Parliament (2019-2022)
  • Mariano Rajoy
    President of the Government of Spain (2011-2018)
  • Martin Wolf
    Associate Editor Financial Times
  • Simon Sebag Montefiore
    British historian
  • Victor Lapuente
    Writer for El País
  • Yasha Mounk
    German-American political scientist and author
  • Thursday 3rd October

    16.30h - Official opening
    Josep Piqué Award Ceremony
  • 18.00h - Spanish wine
  • 18.30h - Conference
  • 19.00h - The new normality: living with conflict
  • Friday 4th October

    09.30h - An agenda for Spain
  • 10.30h - The State and its growing economic protagonism
  • 11.45h - Coffee-break
  • 12.00h - The Pandemic of polarisation
  • 13.15h - Speech. Dialogue
  • 16.30h - An agenda for Spain
  • 17.30h - New political cycles in Europe and the USA
  • 18.30h - Coffe-break
  • 18.45h - Autonomic Dialogue
  • Saturday 5th October

    09.30h - An agenda for Spain
  • 10.30h - Dialogue
  • 12.00h Coffe-break
  • 12.30h - Closure
  • This program is subject to changes and modifications