Washington, XVII Annual CAF Conference - Development Bank of Latin America Aznar: “The EU-US free trade agreement is the first step to redefine the Atlantic policy” 


    _ “The Atlantic needs to be considered as a whole, including Latin America and Africa. It is not true that the future is confined to the Pacific basin"

    _ “I am a committed Atlanticist”, Aznar stated, “the values of freedom, democracy and Rule of Law are essential in the global world.”

    _ Ambrosetti Forum.- Aznar debated about employment and growth on Saturday 7 in Italy.

José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain and President of FAES Foundation, participated in Washington in the panel “Toward a new Transatlantic Society” of the XVII Annual CAF Conference, organized by the Development Bank of Latin America, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Dialogue. “The free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States is a great initiative that must be achieved and considered as the first step to renew and redefine the Atlantic policy”, Aznar stated. 

Aznar declared himself to be “a committed Atlanticist” and stated that “the values of the Atlantic community-freedom, democracy, Rule of Law and open societies-have become more necessary than ever.” “The ideas of the Atlantic policy are essential in the global world that we live in, a world which is going through huge changes and which is facing big challenges regarding security, stability and prosperity. That is the point of the Atlantic Alliance: working together to face the challenges of the twenty-first century better”, Aznar stated. In this respect, he recalled that FAES Foundation recently published a strategic report which contained both intellectual and economic arguments in favour of the treaty, as well as the steps and measures to be taken and implemented in order to accomplish it.


According to Aznar, "global changes imply that the classic definition of an Atlantic community based on the relation between Europe and the United Status is no longer enough." “That relation is still essential, but it is necessary to renew and redefine it. In the case of Europe, it is crucial to do it in terms of security, demography and competition. In that of the United States, it is desirable to incorporate solid allies and to continue promoting stability and security”, Aznar stated. 

For that reason, Aznar declared that “the Atlantic must be seen as a whole”, and highlighted the need for the future free trade agreement to be “open to countries of Latin America which have proved to be committed to freedom, democracy, and the values of open societies.” “It is a historic opportunity for the region to gain influence, to become part of the solution instead of the problem and to achieve power of decision”, Aznar stated, and added that it is also an opportunity for most of Africa.

Regarding the strength of new emerging powers, Aznar stressed the importance for the Atlantic basin “to maintain its influence and to act.” “If we consider the Atlantic as a whole-its institutions, economy, energy reserves, raw materials and arable land-, we will come to the conclusion that it is not true that the future is confined to the Pacific”, Aznar stated.

Luis Alberto Lacalle, former President of Uruguay, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, President of the EU-LAC Foundation, Frances Burwell, Vice-President of the Atlantic Council, Ricardo Hausmann, Director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and Jean-Louis Ekra, President and Chairman of the African Export-Import Bank, participated in the panel on Atlanticism together with Aznar.


Once he concluded his trip to the United States, Aznar went to Italy on Saturday 7 to participate in the 39th edition of the Ambrosetti Forum in Villa del Este, which takes place in the town of Cernobbio, and to which he has been invited for the tenth consecutive year. The President of FAES Foundation participated in a panel about employment and growth. Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, Jean-Claude Trichet, former President of the ECB, Joaquín Almunia and Antonio Tajani, Vice-Presidents of the European Commission, Mario Monti, former Prime Minister of Italy, and John McCain, United States Senator, participated in this year’s edition, “Today and Tomorrow Scenario for Competitive Strategies.”