Throughout this week, leaders of Tunisian progressive political parties are attending several work sessions and exchange of ideas about our political system in Madrid and Barcelona.
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On Tuesday, the Tunisian leaders visited the IDEAS Foundation headquarters where they had lunch with the director of the IDEAS Foundation, Carlos Mulas; the head of the Area of International Cooperation, Antonio Estella; and the head of the International Network, Carmen de Paz. Mulas showed his support for the democratic process underway in Tunisia and stressed the importance of institutional strengthening of their political organizations, which are essential to consolidate a system of progress and freedom in our neighboring country.
Next, the director of Institutional Relations of the IDEAS Foundation, David Giménez Glück, shared the Spanish experience at a seminar on strengthening institutional relationships. The audience showed its satisfaction at the end of the presentation noting the great contribution of these initiatives to their parties taking into account the need to learn from stories of the transition to democracy.
Delia Blanco, presidenta de la Comisión de Cooperación Internacional en el Congreso de los Diputados, además de la reunión mantenida en el Congreso de los Diputados con el Secretario de Estado de Asuntos Exteriores e Iberoamérica, Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo, y con el portavoz adjunto de los socialistas de la Comisión de Asuntos Exteriores y miembro de la Asamblea Parlamentaria para la Unión por el Mediterráneo, Jordi Pedret.
Among the work sessions scheduled for this week, the most notable are a meetings with Elena Valenciano, secretary for International Relations and Cooperation for the PSOE, Pedro Sanchez, member of the Election Committee, María González, Secretary for Innovation of the PSOE and Delia Blanco, president of the Committee on International Cooperation in Parliament, as well as a meeting in Parliament with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Latin America, Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo, and the deputy spokesman of the Socialists for the Commission on Foreign Affairs and member of the Parliamentary Assembly for the Union for the Mediterranean, Jordi Pedret.
On Thursday the leaders from the Tunisian progressive political parties will participate in the Glocal Progress conference in Barcelona, an initiative promotes by the IDEAS Foundation in collaboration with the Center for American Progress and the Foundation Campalans. On this day, the mayors of Paris, Rabat, San Jose, Costa Rica, Toulouse and Barcelona will present and sign the “Declaration of Mayors of Progressive Cities of the Future”.