The Political Network for Values begins with an initiative of Jaime Mayor Oreja, minister of Internal Affairs in Spain (1996-2001) and member of the European Parliament (2004-2014) as well as the coordinated efforts of a generous number of legislators from Europe, the United States, and Mexico. Before the increasing problems in the social and political environments that affect essential questions, they decided to create a transatlantic effort of legislators regarding life, the family, marriage, and fundamental rights.
After some bilateral meetings, the participating legislators reaffirmed the necessity of supporting international efforts for the defense of these shared values, in order to address international threats and problems simultaneously. In December of 2014, the first Transatlantic Summit took place in the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Year of the Family. This event formalized the Political Network for Values with a platform focused on international meetings and networking. The importance of the problems of interest of numerous experts and annalists translated into a meeting of more than 60 legislators and another 120 academics and representatives of the civil society. A reference point of the new initiative, they defined a Dialogue of Shared Values which have been ratified by the members.
Having obtained the result and a positive response from the legislators after the first summit, the second Regional Summit was inspired in 2015. The organizing committee has identified the necessity of focusing not only in a transatlantic way, (Europe- America) but also in the challenges that the legislators face at a regional level. From this perspective, the Regional Summit of the Americas was realized with a particular focus on the reality of the American continent. The event was successful because more than 80 political representatives and 40 academic leaders from the civil society attended and participated.