IPA Spain invites you to the 65th IPA World Congress and Friendship Week 2020!

10 Feb 2020

Annotation 2020-01-31 101949Dear IPA friends,

On behalf of the Organising Committee and all members of IPA Section Spain, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 65th IPA World Congress followed by the Friendship Week (Barcelona & Madrid).

The IPA World Congress will be held from 13-18 October 2020, followed by the IPA Friendship Week from 18-25 October 2020. All information related to both events can be found directly on our website at https://wc2020.ipaespana.org/.

We have worked very hard to find a place where we can celebrate our World Congress with the best conditions and prices. We also decided on this location as it is interesting from a tourist point of view.

The venue we have chosen is the Olympic Congress Centre, which is part of the EVENIA Olympic Resort composed of 4-star hotels and a congress centre (auditorium), located in the heart of the Costa Brava, in a residential area of Lloret de Mar (1000m from the beach, 12 minutes’ walk).

We know from experience, that the working days at the congress are very hard, and for this reason we have made every effort and put special interest into the social programme.

It will be exciting for all, delegates, observers and visitors. During the World Congress, you will have the opportunity to spend a different and fun evening with a Medieval live show and a Spanish flamenco dance festival, unique in Catalonia and in a real medieval castle.

We will visit Barcelona, take a sightseeing tour and a skyline tour by boat. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, always following and leading the latest international trends, which becomes evident in particular if you look at its architecture.

For those of you who want to take part in the Friendship Week after the World Congress, I assure you it will be amazing. Colleagues from IPA Madrid and the IPA Catalunya communities have prepared a programme that you will not forget for years to come. You will be accompanied 24 hours a day by members of the organising committee.

We will visit Barcelona and Madrid, take a ZIP train to climb to the top of the Holy Mountain of Montserrat, visit the interior of the Sagrada Familia, and also take a tour in a small train to one of the largest ‘cava’ factories in the world.Annotation 2020-01-31 102018

The transfer to Madrid will be on the high-speed train ‘AVE’, a great experience! Colleagues from IPA Madrid will be waiting for us and show us the capital of Spain, full of historical monuments and unique places.

We will visit ‘The Madrid of the Austrias’ which is the name given to one the most touristic areas in the centre of Madrid, located between the Puerta del Sol and the Royal Palace and where some of the most important monuments of Madrid are concentrated. It is named for having been built, mostly, during the reign of the Habsburg dynasty.

We will also visit other cities, such as:  Toledo, Avila and, if we have enough time, the unique and magnificent Aqueduct of Segovia, one of the most amazing masterpieces from Roman times.

In Toledo we will take a half-day guided tour to visit this monumental World Heritage city, the capital of the Spanish Empire under Carlos V. The visit to the medieval city of Avila will impress you, due to its magnificent city walls. We will also visit the National Police Academy (CNP).

This year marks the 70th anniversary of our Association, and this milestone will be celebrated at the IPA World Congress in Spain. The IPA was founded on 1 January 1950 under the Esperanto motto of 'Servo per Amikeco' (Service Through Friendship). Arthur Troop became the first Secretary General of the British Section. His notion of an association with development of social, cultural and professional links amongst its members, in an environment free from distinction of rank, gender, race, language or religion, became a reality. The International Police Association currently comprises 65 National Sections, and IPA Spain was affiliated on 11 September 1961, during the 3rd World Congress in Stuttgart, Germany.

The National Executive Committee of IPA Spain has taken the decision to hold its general assembly during the weekend coinciding with the World Congress. This means that, in addition to those attending the World Congress, we will have all our delegates and visitors with us: about 180 more people. If we add the participants in the Friendship Week, who will also stay initially in the same hotel, we can conclude that for a few days that space will be totally IPA territory, can you imagine?

Well, now all that remains is for you to encourage yourselves and complete your registration for these events in the form provided on the website, as soon as possible.

We are waiting for you with open arms!

Servo per Amikeco

Arturo Salinas Marin, President IPA Spain