David Martínez Hornillos, Director of Commercial and Economic Office for the Spanish Embassies in Belgium and Luxembourg

David Martinez Hornillos is the new responsible of Economic and Commercial Affairs of Spain in Belgium and Luxembourg. Due to his position, he is Honorary Vice-President of the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, having technical advice functions.

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David Martinez Hornillos, comes from the Cabinet of the Minister of Economy and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos, in which he worked as Economic Advisor Board Member. Besides, he has occupied other important positions in the Spanish Administration, stressing his position as Spanish representative in EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – London).

On 4 September, the incorporation of the new Honorary Vice-President took place at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Chamber. We wish David Martinez Hornillos all the best in his new position and we offer him all our support to ensure a common approach, which is none other than the defence of the interests of the Spanish Economy and hence the good name of Spain.

The Chamber collaborates with the Eurpean Commission to eliminate regulatory barriers

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg has been invited by the Internal Market Management of the European Commission to participate in a project whose purpose is to remove obstacles from the provision of cross-border services in the European Union.

The Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg has been invited by the Internal Market Management of the European Commission to participate in a project whose purpose is to remove obstacles to provision of cross-border services in the European Union. The initial aim is to identify examples of barriers (regulatory, administrative, fiscal, concerning standards, etc.) that companies have to deal with and put them in a disadvantage position compared to domestic competitors. This fact shall form a basis for a possible review of the Directive of Services, in force since 2006. We would thank our members if they could send us any information about examples of possible barriers and discrimination they suffer when they operate in the Belgian and Luxembourgian market. We encourage you to participate in the online survey which the Commission has run and which is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/internal-market-services-businesses?surveylanguage=en

Meeting of Board of Directors of AISBL FEDECOM & Higher Council of Spanish Chambers of Commerce

On 15th May, a meeting of Board of Directors of FEDECOM was held in Brussels, where the main issue focused on the present and the future of the Official Spanish Chambers of Commerce abroad within the framework of the Basic Law of 1 April 2014 of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation.

Members of the Board of Directors of FEDECOM attended the meeting as well as other representantives of the Federated Chambers of Commerce. Javier Cantero, Director General of Higher Council of Chambers and Juan Talavera, International Department, also attended as guests.

The new adopted Law of Chambers and its repercussion on official chambers abroad was debated. The law provides the connection between the Chamber of Spain and the net of the official Chambers abroad, with the main aim of taking part in the Internationalisation Plan for Spanish companies. Moreover, the possibility of representation of the Chamber of Spain in relevant territorial areas was also suggested.

Furthermore, Joseba Arriortua was appointed as Deputy Chairman of FEDECOM and María Catalán was appointed as General Secretary of the Federation during the meeting, both unanimously.

The Chamber presents Brussels as a business and investment destination for Catalan companies

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Spain and Luxembourg participated on 8 May in a conference in Barcelona about business and investment opportunities in Brussels, organized jointly by Brussels Invest & Export, the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona and the Belgian Government. About fifty Catalan business representatives attended this event.

During the event, the Vice-president of the Chamber, Pablo López Álvarez, referred to Belgium as an investment destination and to the close trading relationships between Spain and Belgium. “In spite of its small size, Belgium is the twelfth Spanish supplier and the seventh client of our country”, reminded López Álvarez, also highlighting the potential of Brussels as a “platform to access other European markets and to establish dialogue with the European Union which finds itself at the origin of nearly 80% of the laws affecting Spanish companies”. Likewise, the Vice-president explained the services offered by the Chamber and the partnership the Chamber has with Brussels Invest & Export to offer Spanish companies that want to open a market in Belgium the adequate accompaniment.

Among other personalities the event counted the participation of the Ambassador of Belgium in Spain, Jan de Bock, the economic and commercial counselor of Brussels Invest & Export in Spain, Ariane Leonard and the head of international relations of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, Josep Maria Cervera.

 

Fernando Gómez Avilés-Casco, Counselor-Chief of the Economic and Trade Office of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium and Luxembourg

The Board of Directors of the Chamber wants to thank the collaboration of the Economic and Trade Counselor, Fernando Gómez Avilés-Casco, who, for the last 4 years, has accompanied us as the Honorary (institutional) Vice-president.

Before his establishment in Brussels, Fernando Gómez Avilés-Casco was General Director and Vice-president of the Spanish High Council of Chambers of Commerce. His integration in the Board of Directors of the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg involved the contribution of his exceptional experience in the world of chambers.

This experience, combined with his serious and friendly character, allowed to define the aims of the Board of Directors. We highlight his decisive intervention in the integration of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in our Chamber.

With Fernando Gómez Avilés-Casco, Spain had an economic and commercial leader in Brussels, who’s efficient and loved and who showed, next to his wisdom, his diplomatic soul.

His new destination in Spain, allows him to change routines and passions, born out of a professional life to dedicate himself completely to his priority passion: his family.

Thank you for everything, Fernando.

 

Change at the Secretary of State for Trade

D. Jaime García-Legaz Ponce, Secretary of State for Trade, now dependent of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, assumed the leadership of a new executive that inherited competences of various secretaries and undersecretaries.
The Secretary of State for Trade will assume extremely important issues, part of which will be the same as the ones from the old Secretary of State for Trade, among these the relation with the Official Chambers of Commerce of Spain Abroad (CAMACOES).
His work will consist of continuing the promotion of Spanish exports, key issue at a moment of negative perspectives for global trade, deal with themes such as tariff issues and fight to ensure the competitiveness of Spanish exports. He will also have to take decisions, also abroad, in which the objective of defending a unified market is stressed.