Government commits to "anticipatory governance" at EU level to protect Spain's long-term strategic interests

Spain takes part in first meeting of European Foresight Network

News - 2021.4.16

Representatives of the 27 Member States will take part in the meeting to debate the foundations of its first project: to design Open Strategic Autonomy (OSA) to help the European Union navigate the technological, climatic, geopolitical and social transformations that will take place from now to 2040 and guarantee its economic sustainability vis-à-vis such powers as the USA and China. The first dashboards on socio-economic resilience that are being prepared by the European Commission will also be presented along with the strategic foresight work being carried out by three Member States: France, Finland and Spain.

A European network with a view to the future

The European Foresight Network was set up in November last year on a mandate from Ursula von der Leyen to be run under the auspices of the European Vice-Presidency for Inter-institutional relations and Foresight headed up by Maros Sefcovic.

The President of the Government expressed his immediate support for the initiative and announced Spain's commitment to it as part of the effort to modernise decision-making mechanisms and to commit to so-called "anticipatory governance".

Spain is represented on the Network by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, and by the Director of the National Foresight and Strategy Office of the Presidency of the Government, Diego Rubio.

It is hoped that the initiative will serve to combat short-termism, govern with a longer-term outlook and defend Spain's strategic interests and those of the EU over the coming years.

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