The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, outlined her strategic priorities in a parliamentary hearing at the Congress of Deputies’ Foreign Affairs Committee. González Laya stated that Spain will actively work against nationalist approaches to international relations and stressed the importance of multilateralism, human rights, and the Agenda 2030.
Based on her remarks, Spain’s foreign priorities for the current term of office will include:
- Democratic governance, human rights, and gender equality;
- Multilateralism and regional integration;
- Global economy and socioeconomic progress;
- Climate change and sustainable development; and
- Spain’s foreign service.
Spain is expected to focus it's foreign policy efforts on the European Union, Latin America, Northern Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
González Laya also reiterated the Spanish Foreign Ministry's commitment to increasing Spain’s development assistance to 0.5% of its gross national income (GNI) by 2023. She stated that Spain will adopt a feminist foreign policy, and announced that a new law for international development cooperation will be discussed in 2020.
Press release – Congress of Deputies (in Spanish)
Transcript of minister González hearing – MAEUEC (in Spanish)