Dastis and Bonet before the event./Photo: New Economy Forum
Eduardo González. 09/05/2017
“There is a basic agreement in the range of democratic parties represented in parliament in which the Cervantes Institute is a State issue not subjected to political ups and downs”. This is how satisfied the director of the Cervantes Institute, Manuel Bonet, was yesterday during his speech at the New Communication Forum, organized by New Economy Forum at Casino Gran Círculo of Madrid.
During the conference, which was presented by the Foreign Ministry, Alfonso Dastis, Bonet announced that the Cervantes Institute “will present a plan of cultural clash” (which he already mentioned during his recent appearance before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Congress of Deputies) to be developed both in Madrid’s headquarters and in the offices that the institution has abroad.
This clash plan, an expression with which it intends to “visualize the need to reach more excellence”, will be developed through “a much greater collaboration with public and private institutions, big museums, big foundations, the cultural industry, the management societies, the institutions promoting our gastronomy, our fashion and our design”.
The director of the Cervantes Institute announces that he will present a “plan of cultural clash” in autumn
Besides, the institution’s director was quick to deny the “black legend” about the supposed bad relations between the Cervantes and the Spanish Ambassadors assigned to the countries where the Institute has its offices.
“Relations with the embassies are excellent and there are very few points of disagreement”, he affirmed. “We do not have any problem to inform, at the same time, the head of the diplomatic mission and the Institute’s office in Madrid”, he continued. “When I was chosen director of the office in Paris, the ambassador was the first person I addressed”, he remembered.
According to Bonet, the Cervantes feels “comfortable” with its attachment to the Foreign Ministry and it does not mean any problem “to have to inform the minister and the secretary of State for International Cooperation, which is the president of the Board of Directors”.
“Our current situation does not create any problem, we feel comfortable”, he insisted, referring to his wish, recently announced by himself, to introduce a “statute of autonomy” in the Cervantes Institute similar to that big Spanish museums, such as Prado or Reina Sofía, have.
On the other hand, in a veiled reference to the working problems that the Institute has with its staff in Brazil, Bonet affirmed that, “whether they agree or not regarding aspects of their working conditions or salaries, all workers are proud to work for the Cervantes Institute”.