On 9 May the Spanish legal community accepted a special invitation to celebrate Europe Day at the launch of the ELI Spanish Hub. The event took place in the prestigious Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies, was opened by the Centre’s Director, Benigno Pendás, and the President of the European Law Institute, Diana Wallis. President Wallis and Director Pendás highlighted the distinctively challenging moment that Europe faces and strengthened the role that the European legal community has to play in responding to those challenges. One of the coordinators of the Spanish Hub, Carmen Jerez Delgado, Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid and member of the ELI Council, led the event through its agenda. Professor Rafael Illescas, member of the ELI Council, presented the ELI to the audience as an expert, who has been involved in it since its creation.
The first round table of the event, focused on the interaction between European law and Spanish law, and counted on the participation of Encarnación Roca Trías, Magistrate of the Spanish Constitutional Court, Théophile M. Margellos, President of the OHIM Boards of Appeal and Professor Ángel Carrasco Perera, Professor of Private Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
The second round table was chaired by Albert Ruda, co-coordinator of the Spanish Hub, Associate Professor at the University of Girona and member of the ELI Council. This part of the event included presentations by Juan Luis Requejo, Legal Secretary at the CJEU and Professor of Constitutional Law, and by the Secretary General of the ELI, Dr. Rosana Garciandía, who gave the audience an overview of the way the ELI works on a daily basis. Dr. Garciandía highlighted the importance of counting on an organisation with such an active membership as the ELI, in order for the legal community to respond to all the challenges that had been mentioned during the event.
The Spanish Hub is already planning an upcoming event. The details will be available soon.