Our newsletter turns 100 issues

The newsletter of the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg turns 100 issues  this month. With more than 3,000 subscribers, the newsletter is sent twice a month in two versions: Spanish and English. It collects information about the activity of the Chamber and its associated companies as well as news of interest for Spanish companies in Belgium and Luxembourg, among other contents.

Created in 2014, our newsletter is already considered as an indispensable communication tool for all those Spanish companies with a commercial or representation activity in Belgium and / or Luxembourg.

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Presentation of the Chamber at the University of Antwerp

On March 14th,María Catalán, the Secretary General of the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Belgium and Luxembourg, took part in the conference organized by the University of Antwerp.

The workshop was geared towards economics students. Maria Catalán presented bilateral trade data between Belgium and Spain and the role played by the Chamber for Spanish companies in Belgium.

Additionally, the Secretary General informed the students about the projects that the Chamber develops in relation with employment and entrepreneurship like the outstanding European program Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, for which the Chamber is a local  point in Belgium and whose objective is to promote the exchange of experiences among entrepreneurs in Europe.

Ordinary General Assembly of FEDECOM

The Federation of Official Chambers of Commerce of Spain in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (FEDECOM) celebrated on March 9th its Ordinary General Assembly in Madrid.

The meeting took place in the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce of Spain, and the Presidents and/or Secretary General of all the Chambers member participated in person or virtually. Alfredo Bonet, Internationalization Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Spain, and Enrique Fanjul, Technician in the General Subdirectorate of Analysis and Strategy of Internationalization of the Secretary of State of Commerce, also took part in the meeting.

The topics that were discussed during the Assembly were, for example, the functional link between the network of  Official  Chambers of Commerce abroad and the Chamber of Commerce of Spain, the added value of belonging to the FEDECOM network and the collaboration between the Chambers member. It was also decided to grant the FEDECOM’s Enterprise of the Year Award 2018, and to inform the members about the accession of new Chambers to the Federation.

The New Director General Trade of Policy and Competitiveness Welcomes the Representatives of the FEDECOM

Antonio García Rebollar, Director General of Trade Policy and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economy, Industry an Competitiveness, welcomed on March 9th in Madrid the Presidents and General Secretaries of the Federation of Official Chambers of Commerce of Spain in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (FEDECOM), concurring with the Ordinary General Assembly celebration.

Throughout the reunion, the FEDECOM representatives had the opportunity to inform the  Director General about the external Chambers network status and also about the different problems they are facing. A reform of the Royal Ordinance that regulates the external Official Chambers of Commerce was announced by Antonio Garcia Rebollar, with the aim of adapting its content to the current reality.

25/4 Expats Golf Trophy

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg has the pleasure to invite you to the 3rd Edition of the Expats Golf Trophy that will take place next Wednesday 25th April at the Golf Club d’Hulencourt.

The event is exclusive for members of the Chamber. Among the invitees, there will be numerous golf players expats in Belgium and members of other Chambers as well as representatives of the diplomatic body and international companies. In addition, for the non-professionals, an initiation course will be organized. After the tournament, a networking-cocktail and the awards ceremony will take place.

The members who wish to participate at the golf tournament or who want to introduce themselves in playing golf must register through the reply form found here: www.expatsgolftrophy.be

Do not hesitate to contact Diego Tasso for further information (diego.tasso@vaav.eu)

You can find the full program of the event in the following link. 

This event is organized in collaboration with:

Forum Committee Meeting

On the 26th of February, the Forum Committee, a working group whose aim is to offer, to organize and to follow the events of the Chamber, organized a meeting in the headquarters of the Chamber of Brussels.

During the meeting, chaired by Pablo López Álvarez (FTI Consulting), the last events organized by the “Business circle” platform were discussed and new initiatives at the local level and with the European institutions for the next few months were submitted.

About the Committees

The Committees are composed by some of our members as well as the responsible of the Chamber in the corresponding area.

These Committees have several responsibilities: to analyze thoroughly the proposals, problematic, projects and activities… Through them, the members influence daily the Chamber in order to better adapt the Chamber´s activities to the needs of the members.

At all time, a member can ask the President of a Committee to be part of the Committee and ask the Secretary General to create a new group.

The Chamber’s Yearbook 2018 is already available

The Yearbook 2018 of the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Belgium and Luxembourg is already available.

If you wish to pick up your copy at our Brussels headquarters or at the Delegation in Luxembourg, please send us an email to
info@e-camara.com (Brussels) or luxemburgo@e-camara.com (Luxembourg).

You can also read it through the Intranet by clicking on this link. 

The Yearbook includes a detailed description of the services that the Chamber offers to its members, the activity report of 2017 and a directory of members organized by activity sector.

The Chamber wants to thank the support of all the member companies, which allow it to continue improving and responding to the needs of our members.

In addition, we would like to thank the advertisers their collaboration in the Yearbook 2017, which have helped funding this publication:

The President of Fedecom took part in the plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

On the 21st of February, Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, President of the Federation of Official Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, took part in the plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, representing the federated Chambers.

During the meeting, the President stayed in good contact with the Board of Directors of the Spanish Chamber and advocated the importance of having an international network within the Spanish Chamber’s system.

New Year’s Cocktail 2018 Celebration in Luxembourg

Last January 24th, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg celebrated the New Year’s Cocktail in Luxembourg. Between the assistants, there were the Ambassador of Spain in Luxembourg and the President of Honor of the Chamber, Carlos María de Lojendio y Pardo Manuel de Villena. There were also many members of the Chamber, entrepreneurs, senior Spanish managers and representatives of European institutions and other local bodies.

Jose Luis Rodríguez Álvarez, Vice-president of the Chamber, thanked the participation to the assistants and remarked the evolution of the commercial relations between Spain and Luxembourg, promoted by the the Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, the Ambassador of Spain in Luxembourg thanked the Chamber for its work, and expressed his best wishes on this duty in 2018.

During the cocktail, two flight tickets to Madrid or Barcelona were raffled, courtesy of the airline Luxair.

The event was celebrated in the Meliá Hotel and more than 60 people attended.

The Chamber wants to thank the sponsoring and colaboration of Bodegas Salferso Wine and Luxair in the organization.

The Chamber supports the Three Wise Men Day in Belgium

As every year, the Three Wise Men, on their way back home, they stop in Bruges to give their presents to the Spanish-speaking children living in Belgium.

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, has taken part, one more year, in the organization of this special event.

The past Saturday 13th January, the event took place at the Bruges Dolphinarium (Boudewijn Seapark) where hundreds of children who have been dreaming for a year about this moment were gifted by the Three Wise Men with candy and presents.

A breakfast, an “indoor” amusement park, a dolphin show, a lunch and an afternoon snack were the perfect way of having a magic day for the families of the Latin American immigrants in Belgium, especially for their children. Also, children from refugees families living in Brugge attended to this remarkable event.

We shared the slogan “Not a single child without a toy”. Together we can achieve it.

The Chamber thanks the collaboration of all the individual participants and sponsor companies, and specially the contribution of ASBL FAMILLES DU MONDE:  https://famillesdumonde.eu/