King Felipe VI Opens Conference of Presidents in Palma

King Felipe VI greeting people in Palma

King Felipe VI greeting people in Palma. Credit: Casa SM El Rey

King Felipe VI presiding over opening ceremony at Presidents Conference of European Union Council.

The conference was held in Palma on Monday 22 April.

Attending were presidents of the legislative chambers of the different countries of the European Union, the president of the European Parliament, and a large number of leaders from European countries.

End of the Spanish Presidency

This act brings to an end the period of the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union, which began on 1 July last year.

On Sunday 21 April, the president of the Congress, Mallorcan Francina Armengol, hosted the summit of women presidents of legislative chambers, with a round table on women’s leadership.

King Felipe VI received the presidents of the attending Chambers in the hallway of the Royal Palace of the Almudaina on Monday 22 April, and also greeted delegates from the Balearic Government, including leader Marga Prohens.

The ceremony was attended by members of the Bureaus of the Chambers and deputies, senators and MEPs for the Balearic Islands.

Foreign policy debates

At 2:30 pm a session was held on the new challenges for liberal democracies.

Impact of social media and AI

Subjects for discussion were social media, AI and their impact on foreign policy and defence, the illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia and the conflict in the Middle East.

Rusan Stefanchuk, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, sent a video address.

The second session at 10.00 am on Tuesday 23 focused on the new fiscal rules of the European Union and the strengthening of the Economic and Monetary Union in the context of future expansion, social rights and environmental and climate change challenges.

The closing session scheduled for 12.30 pm is to adopt the Charter on the role of parliaments in an effective liberal democracy.

Massive security of 800 police officers

Security was massively stepped up for the event, with the deployment of 800 national police, many from mainland Spain.

The sewers below Palma were inspected and sniffer dogs were deployed in the areas where the leaders will meet.

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Annette Christmas

Annie Christmas loves language and communication. A long-time resident of Mallorca, she enjoys an outdoor life of cycling, horse riding and mountain walking, as well as the wealth of concerts and cultural events on the island. She also plays fiddle in a traditional Mallorcan dance troupe.