2021 edition
  • Alberto Núñez Feijóo
    President of the Regional Government of Galicia
  • Alfonso Fernández Mañueco
    President of the Regional Government of Castile and León
  • Angel Gurría
    Former Secretary-General of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
  • Ángel Ubide
    Managing Director of Citadel LLC
  • Antonio Costa
    Prime Minister of Portugal
  • Antón Costas
    Prime Minister of Portugal
  • Antonio Huertas
    President of MAPFRE
  • Augusto Santos Silva
    Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal
  • Aurea Moltó
    Director of Política Exterior Magazine
  • Bruno Maçaes
    Political scientist
  • Carl Benedikt Frey
  • Carlos López Blanco
    Senior Adviser at Flint Global
  • Cristina Herrero
    President of the AIReF (Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility)
  • Emiliano García Page
    President of the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha
  • Enrique Goñi
    President of the Instituto Hermes
  • Enrique Iglesias
    Former Ibero-American Secretary General
  • Fátima Báñez
    President of the Fundación CEOE (Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations)
  • Felipe González
    Former Prime Minister of Spain
  • Gloria Lomana
    Journalist, writer and political analyst
  • Ignacio Rivera
    CEO of the Hijos de Rivera Corporation
  • Ignacio Sánchez Galán
    President of Iberdrola
  • Janka Oertel
    Director of the Asia Programme at the ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations)
  • Javier Pereiro
    Managing Director of the Fundación Empresa - Universidad Gallega
  • José Juan Ruiz
    President of the Elcano Royal Institute
  • José Manuel Albares
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation
  • José Vicente de los Mozos
    Deputy Managing Director of the Renault Group
  • Josep Piqué
    President of La Toja Forum
  • Juan Carlos Escotet
    President of ABANCA
  • Lara Lázaro
    Researcher at the Elcano Royal Institute
  • Emile Laurence Tubiana
    CEO of the European Climate Foundation
  • Leon Panetta
    US Exsecretary of Defense and ex Director of the CIA
  • Mariano Rajoy
    Ex-President of the Spanish Government
  • Miguel Arias Cañete
    Former European Commissioner
  • Nadia Calviño
    First Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
  • Pablo Hernández de Cos
    Governor of the Bank of Spain
  • Pedro Sánchez
    Prime Minister of Spain
  • Pilar Cernuda
    Journalist, writer and political analyst
  • Rebeca Grynspan
    Secretary-General of the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
  • Sara de la Rica
    Director of ISEAK (Initiative for Socio-Economic Analysis and Knowledge)
  • Shlomo Ben Ami
    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel
  • Sir Julian King
    Former European Commissioner
  • Tímothty Garton Ash
    Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford
  • Ximo Puig
    President of the Regional Government of Valencia
Third edition
The third edition of La Toja Forum-Atlantic Link brought together nearly 40 high-level speakers and over 100 prominent representatives from companies, institutions and organisations connected with the economic, political and academic world.

The great media impact of its discussions has positioned La Toja Forum-Atlantic Link as an essential space for dialogue between both Atlantic coasts. Since its first edition, it has succeeded in becoming a benchmark for public conversation, an invitation to analyse the challenges that we share, the problems that we must face and the possibility of doing so together.
  • 9 tables 148 accredited journalists
  • 30 accredited speakers
  • 3 days of discussion
Media coverage
The significance of the forum sparked great interest among the media and journalists, who covered the event in great detail
  • Over 45 media 148 accredited journalists
  • 658 mentions 455 in press · 105 on television · 98 on radio
  • 1.640 hits on digital platforms
  • 8.588.109 Total Impressions in Twitter
Central themes
Forum Boards
  • A new geostrategic balance
    The global geopolitical landscape is undergoing major changes, most notably the holistic struggle between the United States and China and the growing prominence of the Indo-Pacific over the Atlantic. The aim is to debate these issues from an Iberian, European and Ibero-American perspective, in order to make progress in defining a relevant role for Europe and Latin America.
  • Digitalisation: The rules of the game
    Europe has just launched its European Digital Strategy, an ambitious project to regulate essential aspects of the digital economy and put it at the service of the people, European competitiveness and its environmental priorities. Having always opted for abstentionism in the face of Big Tech, the USA is now discovering in Europe's regulatory spirit an effective tool for controlling the political neutrality of the big platforms while providing a joint and democratic response to China's technological hegemony.
  • The future of employment
    The economy that emerges from the pandemic will be much more technological than it was pre-COVID. The rate of digitisation and automation has accelerated without us being able to anticipate the full implications of this process for the labour market. According to WEF data, in 2022, 42% of all working hours will be carried out by machines, compared to the 29% recorded in 2018. The same study also claims that automation could be responsible for the loss of 75 million jobs worldwide in the coming years. Although new technologies may bring more growth and more and better quality jobs, they will also require a huge effort in terms of adapting workers and companies to avoid creating new inequalities and social exclusion.
  • Tools for recovery
    The adaptation of the Spanish economy to the post-COVID world is one of the great challenges of the next decade. Not only because it is necessary to recover the dislocated welfare levels and macro-balances, but because it is essential to demonstrate that Spain has a solid, realistic and coherent Country Plan that is aligned with European rules and is capable of driving the sustainable, digital and inclusive growth that is needed to ensure the welfare of future generations. We will discuss which policies, instruments and types of governance can make this possible, with speakers from the world of institutions, markets and academia.
  • Afghanistan and its impact on the new world order
    The planned withdrawal of the United States and their NATO allies from Afghanistan has caused a great impact on Western societies. Twenty years of military and humanitarian efforts in the area collapsed in a matter of hours, causing the chaotic mass departure of Western troops and thousands of refugees who hoped to flee the country. What happened in Afghanistan will have undeniable consequences in the international liberal order. The trusted relationships between the US and the members of NATO have been affected by the unilateral decision of President Biden. The US abandons a strategic position in Asia which other powers will try to occupy in order to extend their dominance in the area. Europeans are wondering where their institutions have been in this crisis and the Western block, as a whole, is seen to be in retreat. The failure of Afghanistan once more shapes the path to pragmatism in international relations, against the idealists who believed it possible to impose democracy in the area.
  • The financing of the autonomous regions: addresing diversity and cohesion
    If a year ago we recognised the impressive ability of the Autonomous Regions to curb the Covid-19 health emergency across Spain, we are now witnessing the exemplary way in which they are implementing the vaccine roll-out. Over the course of this lengthy crisis, the autonomous regions have been vindicated as an essential and efficient administration model. However, the differences in demographics, income and activity between the autonomous regions threaten the principle of equality among Spaniards and add further strain the ever-complicated debate on regional financing.
  • The commiment to the environment. An urgent challenge
    The pandemic has cast doubt on many of the certainties that had defined our societies except one: the fight against climate change. Environmental commitment has been reinvigorated with the return of the USA to the Paris Agreement and the Green Deal proposed by the EU as one of its strategic priorities. People are more concerned than ever about the environment, companies about adapting their processes to sustainability commitments and public authorities about establishing the necessary policies to promote the required transformation fairly and inclusively.
  • The key players in the recovery
    The EU Next Generation funds are an unprecedented tool that will help to truly modernise the Spanish economy, pursuing full digitalisation and planning an orderly and fair transition towards decarbonisation. However, we are not starting from scratch. Spanish companies have done their homework, showing indisputable leadership in facing these unavoidable challenges. European funds can be the lever for our future development, but they need to be accompanied by other actors such as businesses and economic reforms to ensure that the post-pandemic upturn is sustained over time and becomes a genuine recovery.
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