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Greetings to Current & Prospective Members of the United States-Spain Council

It is my pleasure to serve as the Honorary Chairman of the Council and I look forward to helping further its commitment to promoting and maintaining strong relationships among government, business, and cultural leaders between the United States and Spain.

I am honored to follow in the footsteps off former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, former Senator Bob Graham of Florida; former Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, former Senator Mel Martinez of Florida, and Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey. Since its creation, the Council has developed close ties with the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, the Embassy of Spain in Washington, and the Spanish Royal family.

The Council would not be what it is today without our membership. We would like to formally welcome our new members and thank returning members for their continued commitment to strengthening ties between our two countries.

Every year, the Council hosts an annual Forum - alternating between the United States and Spain. The 2016 forum was held in Spain in the historic city of Santiago de Compostela. The Forum covered topics pertaining to cybersecurity, decarbonization and the role of cultural institutions in social progress, global integration and economic development. Participants and panelists included speakers from the highest levels of government in both countries, experts in a variety of fields, academia, as well as major financial institutions and industrial companies worldwide.

Additionally, each year, in coordination with the Spanish Embassy and the Fundacion Consejo Espana-EEUU, the Council’s Young Leaders Program (YLP) offers 10 young professionals from across the country the opportunity to travel to Spain and experience the country through a unique social, cultural, economic and political lens. Dates for the 2017 are currently being finalized. We invite those interested to apply once applications are released in the summer of 2017. 

Sincerely,

Tim Kaine

Honorary Chairman