Wednesday, October 20

Don Felipe claims from Barcelona the role of Catalonia in Spain and Europe




The Rey has chaired this Wednesday the gala dinner that has put the finishing touch to the first day of the conference of the Circle of Economy in Barcelona. Before an audience in which a large part of the Catalan business class was represented, the Monarch has vindicated the role that the community should play. He did so in a few words addressed to Javier Faus, president of the economic institution, in which he highlighted his “determined defense of the role that Barcelona and Catalonia should play throughout Spain and in the rest of Europe.”

Today’s event was also attended by the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, the first president to visit Spain since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In his speech, presented in Spanish and Catalan, Don Felipe thanked the gesture and extensively glossed the ties that unite Spain with this thriving Asian nation. “We can speak of solid and growing economic and trade relations between our two countries, even though they have been temporarily affected by the current pandemic. Even so, there is an important margin to continue expanding and deepening our ties, given the size and potential of both economies “, highlighted the Head of state.

Trapero, with King Don Felipe
Trapero, with King Don Felipe – EFE

Taking advantage of the motto of the economic conferences of the Circle this year, “The great reconstruction”, Don Felipe has highlighted the need to deepen the diversification of the Spanish economy, also taking advantage of its presence abroad. “Spain, like other friendly nations, has the firm intention of boosting its economy to make it more productive, stronger, more modern, more sustainable and, ultimately, with a greater capacity to adapt to future setbacks,” he pointed out before a auditorium in which the Catalan president, Pere Aragonès, was not present, who has left the hotel where the meeting took place before the gala dinner.

With his words, the Monarch has also vindicated the potential of Spain coinciding with the visit that the president of the European Commission, Úrsula Von der Leyen, has made the country to formalize the approval of the EU to the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of Spain, which is the first step for the start to receive 69,500 million euros in subsidies during the 2021-2026 period.

Discreet presence of the Generalitat

The umpteenth rudeness of the Generalitat to the King (Aragonès has briefly coincided with the Monarch before leaving) has not tarnished a day in which the Catalan business community has vindicated its commitment to economic development and has remembered two of its most relevant representatives MAryan Puig and Arturo Suqué, recently deceased. Don Felipe has also joined in thanking him for his work in the Circle and in favor of economic progress. “Both are magnificent examples of values ​​such as openness to the world, progress and humanism, which should always preside over the economy. Our most heartfelt memories, full of gratitude and admiration, for both of them and all the affection for their families ».

This Wednesday’s appointment in Barcelona was attended by, in addition to the King, the vice president of the vice president of Economic Affairs of the Government, Nadia Calviño, the minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, and the president of Korea of ​​the South, Moon Jae In. The mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, the Catalan Minister for the Presidency, Laura Vilagrà, and the Catalan Minister for Foreign Action, Francina Alsina, among others, were also at the dinner. political, diplomatic and business representatives.

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