17 abr 2018
Energy interconnexions

THE PRESIDENT OF PORTUGAL IS COMMITTED TO CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION AND ENERGY INTERCONNECTIONS

He emphasized that we must fight for the European project, for a stronger and more united Europe, one that contemplates a banking and monetary union.

The President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, is committed to promoting cross-border cooperation and energy interconnections in Europe.   He said this during a business meeting at CEOE, which was attended by more than 300 businessmen from both countries and organized by the State Secretariat for Commerce; the Embassy of Portugal in Spain; Portugal’s Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade, AICEP; Portugal’s Business Confederation, CIP; Spain’s Chamber of Commerce and CEOE. Other participants included Román Escolano; Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness; the president of CEPYME and vice president of CEOE, Antonio Garamendi; his counterpart in the Portuguese employer’s association-CIP, Antonio Saravia, and the director general of Spain’s Chamber of Commerce, Inmaculada Riera. The meeting was chaired by the vice president of CEOE and president of the EU Commission, José Vicente González, and closed by the director general of International Trade and Investment from the Secretariat of State for Commerce, José Luis Kàiser.

The President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at CEOE
The President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at CEOE — ©CEOE

The president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said Spain and Portugal began to create very strong bonds in the 80s, with these strong ties having lasted all this time and he said that the next five years would be decisive to consolidate and renew what both countries created back then. He also mentioned that a national association should be complemented with a regional and local association, which is why he believes it is essential to strengthen cross-border cooperation.

Rebelo de Sousa also stressed the importance of adapting to the era of digitalization. He said that companies already approach their work while taking into account this process, with start-ups being a great example, and academic centres should do the same. He believes that business cooperation should go hand in hand with scientific and technological cooperation.