Tajani in Spain meeting King Juan Carlos I and the new Government
Vice President Antonio Tajani visited Madrid for the first official meeting with the new Spanish government. He participated in meetings and conferences aimed to boosting growth and competitiveness in Europe. Mr Tajani met Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to discuss the EU strategy for growth, with particular attention to the issue of tourism, SMEs and jobs.
In this interview with the Spanish "Radio GESTIONA", Vice President Antonio Tajani stressed that tourism is a key sector to achieve growth and the development of the European economy. Despite the crisis, tourism is growing in Member States such as Spain, Greece, Italy and France. Europe has a great potentiall as tourist destination. To further boost tourism from Brazil, China and Russia, Europe has to develope a more flexible diplomacy towards these countries. To tackle the crisis, it is necessary to achieve a more political Europe and to develope a strong economic strategy focusing both on public debt reduction and on measures to boost the real economy: development of the internal market, policies to support SMEs and the third industrial revolution for innovation and sustainability.
During the visit other bilateral meetings took place with the Minister of Foreign Affairs José Manuel Garcia Margallo, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism Jose Manuel Soria, the Minister of Economy Luis de Guindos and the Minister of Public Finance Cristobal Montoro. Vice President Tajani participated in a high-level conference on tourism policy closed by His Majesty the King of Spain Juan Carlos I. Finally, invited by the Minister of Industry, José Manuel Soria, Vice President Tajani took part on 18 January in the conference "Nueva Economia". Mr Tajani has been received by His Excellency the Prince of Asturias Don Felipe de Borbón who opened FITUR, the most important tourism fair in Spain.
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