The president of Fedecom takes part in the Plenary Session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

The president of Fedecom takes part in the Plenary Session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, president of the Federation of Official Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, took part on July 18th in the Extraordinary Plenary Session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, which took place at BBVA headquarters in Madrid, concurring with the celebration of the “Big Data, Big Day” event and the presentation of the BBVA Research’s “Impacto de la Digitalización de las Empresas Españolas” report.

During the meeting, José Luis Bonet, president of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, performed a first balance of the “Plan de Impulso a la Digitalización de las Pymes Españolas”, a project jointly launched with BBVA whose object is to explain and foster Spanish SMEs’ transition to a a digital environment. This program agrees with BBVA Research’s report when stating that, even if Spain is better equipped than other Southern European countries like Italy or Portugal, there is still a great margin of improvement when it comes to SMEs’ adaptation to new technologies.

To conclude, the forum stressed the importance of said adaptation not only to improve SMEs’ competitiveness in mature market niches, but also as an engine for exports to new markets. These tools, along with new data-engineering techniques, are, according to the experts, the future of Spanish small and medium enterprises.

IV Edition of the European Parliament for Enterprises

IV Edition of the European Parliament for Enterprises

The Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, represented by its President, Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, took part last 13 October in the IV Edition of the European Parliament of Enterprises (EPE) organised by the Spanish Chamber, and in collaboration with the European Parliament and EUROCHAMBRES.

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The event was opened by the President of the Spanish Chamber, José Luis Bonet, in the welcome cocktail which took place on October 12. As in previous years, in the framework of the European Parliament of Enterprises, a working breakfast was organised between the business delegation and the Spanish MEPs in the Hemicyle the 13 October.

The meeting was held in the European Parliament, from 08:15-10:00 AM in the MEPs’ locations.

After the MEPs’ speeches, a question and answer period was opened and the Spanish business representatives could interact with them.

The working breakfast aims to building bridges between the business community and the European legislators in order to encourage an exchange of opinions and views about policies and Community programmes of interest to companies.

The European Parliament for Enterprises was held during the afternoon. Under the slogan “Europe needs Business, Business needs Europe” more than 800 entrepreneurs of 45 different European countries gathered in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament and rose to their feet to demonstrate their belief in the European project. Besides, they had  the chance to have a direct debate with high representatives of the EU institutions and to provide them with a direct bottom-up feedback on EU policies. The Spanish delegation was made up of 70 entrepreneurs and representatives of different Spanish chambers of commerce led by the president of the Chamber of Spain, José Luis Bonet

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“The time has come for businesses to reiterate their capacity and willingness to provide solutions to the challenges of today: globalisation, unemployment, unfair competition, migration and climate change.” With these words EUROCHAMBRES` Chairman Richard Weber inaugurated the fourth edition of the European Parliament of Enterprises.

During the subsequent debates and votes on trade, the single market, sustainability and skills, companies called for EU policies allowing them to contribute addressing these challenges while being able to compete globally.

Plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce: “It is impossible to be competitive without being sustainable”

Plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce: “It is impossible to be competitive without being sustainable”

Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, President of FEDECOM Europe.Africa-Asia-Oceania, participated in the Plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, which was held on 19 July Santander Bank’s headquarters in Madrid. The meeting was also attended by the Director-General for Environment of the European Commission, Daniel Calleja.

Calleja highlighted that the Chambers of Commerce have a crucial role to play in implementing policies to promote the competitiveness and the growth of our businesses. He claimed that to consolidate the economic recovery we have to work in four areas: investment, internationalization, innovation and adoption of new production models, and, finally, integration and education.

In addition, the Plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce approved the incorporation of Gestamp, Orange, SEAT, SUEZ Spain, Deloitte and Fire de Barcelona as vocal collaborators. With the inclusion of this new group of companies the business participation in the institution through the vocal collaborator role is widened and strengthened. Which is is a key element in the Chamber system empowerment.

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

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

Business meeting of FEDECOM and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

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.

FEDECOM Ordinary General Assembly 2015

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.

Plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Plenary session of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce

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.

Plenary of the Chamber of Commerce in Spain – New organizational chart

Plenary of the Chamber of Commerce in Spain – New organizational chart

The President of FEDECOM, Juan Rodríguez-Villa Matons, participated in the last plenary of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Madrid on 29 September.

During the plenary the new organizational chart of the institution was approved. It aims to encourage internationalization and competitiveness of SME´s and to improve services for companies and coordination of the 88 territorial Chambers of commerce.

The highest governing organ of the Spanish Chamber has given green light for the appointment of Inmaculada Riera as the new managing director of the institution and for the launch of the public contest to fill the position of Secretary General, after the resignation of the current mandate holder, Carmen de Miguel.

Inmaculada Riera is a Law graduate who studied at the University of Barcelona; she completed postgraduate studies in International Politics and Economy at the University of Florencia (Italy); she has a degree in Comparative Law at the University of Strasbourg (France); PADE by the IESE, and Forex International Degree (A.C.I.) in financial markets.

Her professional career started in 1984 and was developed primarily in the private sector, within the economic-financial spheres, the field of international relations and innovation.

She occupied responsible positions at the Venecia Savings Bank (Italia), the Bank of Sanpaolo (Grupo Instituto Bancario Sanpaolo di Torino), Arthur Andersen and PwC. She was a teacher in economic and financial matters at ESADE and other Spanish universities and European Institutions and was a speaker on many occasions at various Seminars and Conferences at both national and international level for economic and financial matters.

She was member of the Italian Forex Club, of the Assotiation Cambiste Internacional and of the Spanish Forex Club. She is a permanent member of the Tribuna España-Italia, organized annually by the CIDOB and AREL, and is member and speaker at the Tribuna España-Corea. She actively participates in the Advisory Foundation Spain-India and she also participated in the forums of the Advisory Foundations Spain-Japan and Spain-China.

Inmaculada Riera has been deputy of the CiU at the Congress of Deputies during the seventh, ninth and tenth legislature. She has occupied the positions of vice-president at the Commission of Economy and Finances, the presidency of the Sub-Commission for Privatizations and she has been spokeswoman at the Commissions of the ´Pacto de Toledo´ agreement, Science and Innovation, Industry, Telecommunications and I+D+I, and deputy spokeswoman at the Economic Commission.

Furthermore, she was member of the Spanish Delegation at the interparliamentary meetings of the ESA (European Space Agency) and she was a permanent member of the interparliamentary meetings of the OECD.

Coordination with the network of the Chambers is done by María Teresa Gómez Condado, Director of Coordination of the Chambers. She is Technician at the Civil Administration of the State; she has a degree in Law and Political Sciences and Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid; she holds a diploma in French Language and Civilization at the Sorbonne University of Paris; she has a master´s degree management development at the National Institute of Public Administration, a master´s degree in Corporate Management at the IESE and Executive Development Program at ESADE.

Teresa Gómez Condado worked in the private sector as director at the Banca Institucional, Banco Santander and the Banco Santander Central Hispano. At the public administration she fulfilled various positions: general director of MUFACE, director of the Centre for Institutional Cooperation, deputy secretary-general of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce and deputy secretary-general of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, among other things.

The President´s Office is headed by Mercedes Pizarro. As a graduate in Economic and Business Sciences, Mercedes Pizarro was incorporated in the Spanish Chamber of Commerce after she passed through ICEX Spain Export and Investments, an organization where she was Director of the Industrial Technology and Professional Services division between 2013 and 2015. Previously, she was manager of the Projects Division at the same organization, in the period 2012-2013.

Pizarro also has extensive experience in business organizations since she worked at the Fomento del Trabajo Nacional, the Catalan employers´ organization, for 11 years. At this organization her professional path started as Junior Technician of the Economic Department. Afterwards, in 2004, she was appointed director of this department. As an economic and financial analyst, she also rendered services at Catalunya Caixa as Senior Technician of the Research Department for six years (1998-2004).

Communication and Marketing management is done by María Jesús Luengo. She holds a degree in information sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid and arrived at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce since the foundation of the Savings Bank Foundation (Funcas), where she worked as Communication Manager. Previously, she occupied the position of Communication and Protocol Manager at AENA and Communication manager of the second vice-presidency of the Government and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. With an extensive experience in communications, she was responsible for the economic information at Canal+ and CNN+ for 14 years.

The management team of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce is completed by Alfredo Bonet, International director; José Luis Coll, director of Competitiveness; Mar Pérez, Financial director and director of General Services and Pedro Galán, director of Information Systems.

Alfredo Bonet occupies the position of International Director. As an economic and business sciences graduate, Bonet is Commercial Technician and State Economist. He occupied various administrative jobs: general director of Promotion of the ICEX, secretary general of foreign trade and secretary of state for Foreign Trade. Furthermore, he was economic and commercial advisor at the embassies of Spain in Miami and Milan, as well as at the Permanent Delegation of Spain to the OECD in Paris. In the private sector he has been general director of the consultancy firm Altair Asesores.

José Luis Coll is director of Competitiveness. As a Law graduate at the Complutense University of Madrid, he was incorporated in the former Higher Council of Chambers of Commerce in 2003, coming from the Regional Council of Chambers of Castilla and León. In the private sector he worked at Grupo Pfizer, at the Banco Español de Crédito and at Iberdealer, in addition to practicing law for various years.

Mar Pérez is director of the financial department. She studied economy at the Complutense University of Madrid and has a Master´s degree in Business Administration and Management at ICADE. She has about 20 years of experience in the field of finances of the institution and has an extensive record in the multinational private sector in both consultancy and restoration of luxury properties.

Pedro Galán is director of Computer Systems. As a technical engineer in Computer Systems, he has been responsible for the department of Information Systems of the former Higher Council of Chambers of Commerce since the year 2000. Previously, he has been system administrator, programmer and analyst programmer at Camerdata.

Finally, the Plenary has approved Felipe VI the concession of highest distinction of the Spanish Chamber, the Grand Cross of the Order of Congress of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, for his contribution to the development and internationalization of Spanish companies.

Source: Spanish Chamber of Commerce