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A delegation from La Rioja at the BRIC

A delegation from the Spanish province on Thursday 19 November
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MM. F. Du Mortier and P. Van Vooren with the Rioja delegation

On Thursday 19 November, the BRIC received a delegation from the Spanish province of La Rioja, consisting of (from left to right on the picture):

  • Mr Florencio Nicolás, Director of the Chamber of Commerce of La Rioja
  • Mr Pedro Manuel Sáez Rojo, Municipal Advisor for sustainable urban development and economic expansion
  • Ms Concepción Gamarra, Mayor of Logroño
  • Mr José María Ruiz-Alejos Herrero, President of the Chamber of Commerce of La Rioja

and also (not in the photo):

  • Mr Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, President of the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Belgium and Luxembourg
  • Ms Bibiana Prieto, Commercial staff member at the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Belgium and Luxembourg

Purpose of this visit: to develop possible synergies and consider a collaboration between Logroño and the BRIC.

Logroño presents itself as a strategic bridgehead for any company wanting to open an office in Spain. It is a modern, smart and sustainable city, perfect for SMEs. In recent years Logroño has gained an international reputation and extended its influence in Europe through close ties with London, Frankfurt and Bordeaux. The city now wants to establish a similarly close relationship with Brussels.

From her efforts to make Logroño a Smart City, the Mayor of this Spanish city has asked to be introduced to the projects and initiatives that are being rolled out in this area in the Brussels Region. The aim is clearly to learn from these. After a presentation of the regional Smart City initiatives, the delegation made it clear it would step up efforts in this area.

In addition, a number of initiatives were explained in particular:

These projects are being rolled out in collaboration with the University of La Rioja and with innovative local businesses. They also consider the needs of the population, which is always consulted first. The Mayor emphatically expressed the wish that together with the specialists of the BRIC, a meeting should be held in Logroño to further examine some of the Brussels projects from which she wants Logroño to draw inspiration. This would also be an opportunity to investigate whether certain joint projects could be eligible for European support. To be continued!