Resolution of Creative StartUp Europe Program

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, Finnova, FIBICC, the Department of Culture and Department of Labor and Social Security of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium, participating entities of Programme’s Creative StartUp Europe, agreed on providing personalized support fostering a relevant improvement as well as contributing to the general development of initiatives aimed at all program’s participating candidates*.

The Creative SartUp Europe Programme’s goal is primarily focused on the acknowledgement of the entrepreneurship of every Spanish young person located in Belgium regarding the cultural sector and creative industries. So on, this program aims at positively contributing to the empleability of Spanish youth living abroad in the cultural sector and creative industries.

In addition to this, thanks to the Program, the importance of culture and innovation as tools for the enhancement of social and economic development is recognized. As well as contributing to the stimulation of new generations to be employed at cultural projects abroad.

The Creative StartUp Europe Programme accounts for a relevant support towards culture, creation and innovation conceived as paths for entrepreneurship and support of enterprising in Belgium.

*Fulfillment of call’s requirements is required.

Board of Directors meeting

Last May 19th, the Official Chamber’s Board of Directors met in Brussels.

During the meeting, annual 2015 accounts of the Chamber were approved. A specific date was also scheduled for the celebration of the General Assembly, Tuesday 28th of June in Brussels.

Furthermore, the program of the Chamber’s next months’ activities was introduced and other relevant topics for the institution were discussed along the meeting. Further discussion focused on the Chamber’s strategic plan in the mid and short term.

The President of FEDECOM participates in the Plenary of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, President of the Official Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, participated in the Plenary of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, which took place on 19 April in Madrid.

Iberia, Banco Sabadell, Endesa and Alstom España became member of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce. With these incorporations the corporate involvement in the Plenary, which is the highest governance body of the institution and in which the 28 largest Spanish companies are represented in their respective sectors, is strengthened.

The President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, José Luis Bonet, highlighted the commitment of the large companies with the institutional project of the Spanish Chamber, which became evident once again with these new incorporations. “The improvement of the competitiveness of SMEs and its internationalization are two strategic objectives of the Spanish Chamber and the leading capacity of the most important companies of the country is essential in order to achieve these objectives”, Bonet emphasized.

The institutional support of the large companies as well as its economic contribution allow the launch of new support programs for the SMEs and entrepreneurs in order to strengthen the Spanish production system and its implementation by means of the 88 Chambers, which ensures the structuring of the territory.

Source: Spanish Chamber of Commerce

NH Hotel Group launches its NH Collection brand in the Netherlands

With the re-opening of three out of twelve Amsterdam NH Hotel Group hotels, the Company’s upper-upscale brand NH Collection has been officially launched in the Netherlands on 7 April.

After a period of refurbishments, NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, NH Collection Doelen and NH Collection Barbizon Palace have been inaugurated as flagship hotels in the presence of CEO Federico J. González Tejera and Managing Director for the Benelux, UK, France and Africa, Maarten Markus. Likewise, the FEDECOM President (Federation of Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe-Africa-Asia-Oceania), Juan rodríguez-Villa Matons.

Federico J. González Tejera, Global CEO of NH Hotel Group has personally travelled to Amsterdam to be part of the launch. “We feel very proud of launching three iconic NH Collection hotels today in this key strategic country”, stated González Tejera. “This launch brings us a step closer to our ambition which is that one day, whenever anyone contemplates a trip to a city for an overnight stay or meeting, for business or pleasure, they will always ask themselves if there is an NH at their destination”  highlighted the CEO of the Company.

Apart from the three NH Collection Hotels, NH Hotel Group also invests in other Amsterdam properties. Amongst others, NH City Centre Amsterdam and NH Schiphol Airport have been refurbished as well. Also, this summer the construction of nhow Amsterdam RAI will start, which will become the largest hotel of the Benelux with 650 rooms and 91 meters altitude.

“We are continuously working on the optimization and expansion of our NH Hotel Group portfolio. The launch of NH Collection in the Netherlands is the next milestone. The three flagship hotels have been fully refurbished and the results are stunning. Our guests are very thrilled with the new and improved hotels and that is in the end what we are doing all this for: hospitality is our core business,” says Maarten Markus, Managing Director of NH Hotel Group in the Benelux, UK, France and Africa.

Brussels attacks

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg reacts with dismay to the new terrorist attacks on European soil, this time in Brussels.

Among others, no less dramatics, the images of the attacks in Madrid (2004), London (2005), Paris (2015) have come to our minds.

Once again, the civil solidarity and the repulsion of violence were the first feelings coming from our hearts.

The many strong expressions of support the Chamber has received are an example of that human and, at the same time, humanitarian reaction.

Thank you all for your support messages.

We will continue with the commitment to work towards building a better world.

Brussels, 22 March 2016

Business meeting of FEDECOM and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

On 10 March a representation of the European Chambers that are part of the Federation of Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (FEDECOM) travelled to Madrid for a meeting with the team in charge of the Integral Programme of Qualification and Employment (PICE) Management at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

The PICE is an initiative of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce. It is part of the Entrepreneur and Young Employment Strategy of the Spanish System of Youth Guarantee. It contains a series of measures offered to all the young people to which Youth Guarantee addresses. These measures are customized and deal with the improvement of education and qualification as well as with the promotion of job creation and self-employment.

Federation of Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe aims at cooperation with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in some of the projects that integrate the Programme and that include actions abroad for young people.

María Catalán, Secretary General of FEDECOM and the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, Igor Urra, Secretary General of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain and José Manuel Escoín, Secretary General of the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in France, participated in the meeting.

First Administrative Board meeting of the Chamber

On 14 January the Chamber´s first Administrative Board meeting of the year took place in Brussels.

During the meeting, the different projects the Chamber will start up this year were presented and the upcoming activities of interest to the member of the Chamber were discussed as well as, among other things, the review of services to members. The Chamber’s President reported about FEDECOM´s activity and the relationship the Chamber´s members have with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

FEDECOM Ordinary General Assembly 2015

The Federation of Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (FEDECOM AISBL) organized on 9 December its Ordinary General Assembly in Madrid. The meeting took place at the premises of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and included the participation of the Director General of Trade and Investment, Antonio José Fernández-Martos, the Director General of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Immaculate Riera and representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and FEDECOM. The Chamber´s members of FEDECOM who couldn’t be present at the Assembly joined by call.

During the Assembly, among other discussed issues was the role currently played by the Secretary of State for Trade and Investment in CAMACOES network activity and the functional link between the Official Chambers outside and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce. The activity report and the annual accounts for the year 2014 were approved by the Federation as well.

Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons (Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg) was reelected as Chairman of FEDECOM and José Miguel Garcia (Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in France) and Felix Bonmatí (Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Italy) were appointed Vice-Presidents.

New INTRANET exclusively for members

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg has designed an INTRANET space, of exclusive use for members with the aim of promoting interaction and business opportunities among our members.

The Intranet will allow the member:

  • To update your business profile and make it visible for the rest of the members of the Chamber
  • To access exclusive promotions and information for members
  • To increase your contact network in Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg
  • To access useful information from your sector of activity

The Chamber will give each member a user name and a password to access the Intranet through the link www.e-camara.com/intranet/

In case you have not received it, please contact our technical support info@e-camara.com.

We would like to encourage you to use this new tool and benefit from it. We remain at your entire disposal for any suggestion or recommendation you would like to give us.

Plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce on 24 November

On 24 November the Plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Madrid took place. Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, as President of FEDECOM Europe-Africa-Asia-Oceania, participated in the meeting, which was also attended by the President of FECECA, Rafael Roldán.

The Plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce appointed Adolfo Diaz-Ambrona as Secretary General of the institution. The new Secretary General, whose incorporation into the Chamber will take place in January 2016, has been selected by a public tender procedure.

The public tender to appoint the Secretary General of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce was launched on last October 5th publishing the vacancy announcement in the largest daily newspaper in Spain and on the website of the institution, as established by the Chamber’s Internal Regime Regulations.