“There are no easy solutions to complex problems”

 

Susana Díaz delivers strong message in favour of a united Europe at inauguration

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The president of the Andalusia government Susana Díaz delivered a strongly worded address to Adeje authorities and guests this morning inaugurating the Adeje Summer University. With her theme concentrating on challenges to Europe, like all those speaking she first expressed her sympathy with the families of the victims of the Nice carnage and her rejection of terrorism in all its forms. “Nice is at the heart of Europe, what happened last night chilled all our hearts”, she said.

Turning to her main theme, she first looked to her own country, Spain, and the changing face of politics here “which is letting down more than a few”. The fact that the country has been run by a caretaker government only dealing with matters of urgency given the lack of compromise after two general elections needs to be addressed. “The choices that have been made by the people haven’t been transformed into a government”, adding that Spain was entering a difficult and complicated phase, saying it would appear that the time for absolute majorities was over and the time for pacts had arrived. She said that recent events’t helped the “need to give people confidence in the body politic. When politicians are working to solve people’s problems is when they will begin to trust us again”.

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Díaz said the country had become polarised, but while in their daily lives people were used to making compromises “we – politicians- need to change” to reflect that willingness to reach agreements. It was, she added, “impossible to propose easy solutions to complex problems”, and those who tried risked dangerous consequences, pointing to Brexit as one such example. The Andalusia president said a divided population, such as is the UK today, is never a solution. “You cannot move ahead if you have one half of the population of the country feeling they have won, are victorious over the other half”. British society today, she said, was divided, as the result of a Prime Minister who, to resolve an internal political problem, has caused enormous problems for his own country and for Europe. “We must always put the general interest above all others, whether we are in government or opposition”, she remarked.

The matter of poverty, not just in Spain or Europe, but globally, was also mentioned, as was the need for investment from the Central European Bank, the need to tackle inequality in Europe, poor working conditions in many countries, and the need, reflecting comments made earlier by the Adeje mayor, for investment in education to guarantee a better future. “We are seeing in other countries, in Asia, in Poland, new educational pacts, investment in innovation….pacts with the business sector leading to increased employment and the elaboration of a productive network”.

There is also, Díaz stressed, the need for a better social model and a fiscal pact at European level. “When there is a violent economic crisis the people of Europe need to feel protected”. And if we were all working from the same sheet we could avoid “fiscal dumping and destroy fiscal tax havens”.

On the roles of the Canary Island and Andalusia in Europe, she stated that “we need to have a stronger voice in Europe and Europe needs to hear our voice”.

The Adeje mayor, welcoming the President of Andalusia to the inauguration of the 24th Adeje Summer University, and said this educational model had evolved to meeting changing needs over the 24 years of its existence. From a few courses, Adeje was now home to the University’s South Campus with the first full time four year course Tourism students about to graduate.

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The rector of the University of La Laguna, Antonio Martinón, congratulated Adeje on the 24 years of partnership in this venture and joined with the mayor in looking to a more international Campus in the future as part of the overall internationalisation of third level education.

The regional education minister Soledad Monzón congratulated the rich variety of courses on offer and in particular mentioned the course on prevention of gender violence in schools and the workshop on the creation of materials for special needs education.

Carolina Darias, the president of the Canarian Parliament said the Adeje Summer University was also an excellent support for tourism in the island, a forum for debate which added quality to this holiday destination. She congratulated the mayor on his constancy in ensuring funding for the academic endeavours well as the University of La Laguna, applauding the encouragement of education, saying “we have the ideas, we have the desire, we have the talent”.

 

The regional government vice-president Patricía Hernandez said we were living in a complicated world with many challenges, educational, environmental, social, etc and therefore the kind of courses on offer in the Summer University we were well designed to deal with such complexities.

Susana Díaz to inaugurate Adeje Summer University

 

SUSANA DIAZ

The address will look at challenges to Europe today

The President of the regional government of Andalusia, Susana Díaz Pacheco, will make the inaugural address at the XXIV Adeje Summer University, under the title “Retos y desafíos de la Europa de hoy” (Challenges facing Europe today). The inaugural event will take place next Friday, July 15th, at 11am, in the Adeje Convento de San Francisco, and is open to the public. Local, regional and University of La Laguna authorities will also be present.

A graduate of law from the Universidad Hispalense and with a diploma in social institutions from the International Institute of San Telmo, Susana Díaz has held the position of President of the Andalusia Junta (regional government) since September 2013. She has had a full and busy political career in the region, having held a number of important positions in the Andalusian branch of the socialist PSOE party as well as institutional positions in the Seville Council, the Andalusian parliament, the Congress of Deputies, the Senate and the Andalusian government.

As president she has prioritised the mobilisation of resources for job creation, protecting the welfare state and introduced transparency and control measures regarding public fund use in the region.

Over the 24 years of the Adeje Summer University there have been many prestigious inaugural speakers. Including witter and journalist Diego Carcedo, architect Guisa Marcialis, ex-president of the Spanish government Felipe González Márquez, human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe Álvaro Gil Robles, judge Baltasar Garzón, and broadcaster Rosa María Calaf among many others. (Full list available online, www.uvadeje.es).

Courses and workshops for this year’s Summer University will run from Monday July 18th to Friday July 22nd. There is a wide range of topics on offer, from medicine to sport to tourism and much more. There are also courses on resilience, Buddhism, meditation, and social marketing. Each course runs over three mornings,at a cost of €25 and earns the students 1 ECTS credit. Workshops are in the afternoons, lasting one day, at a cost of €10. More information on courses and workshops and registration – www.uvadeje.es.