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Foreign Minister defends image of Spain abroad

Wed 5th Jun 2013
Foreign Minister defends image of Spain abroad

Spain's Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, has defended the image of his country infront of EU lawmakers in Brussels.

"The Spanish reality is much better than the image that prevails abroad" he explained to delegates whilst presenting the Country's 'Brand Spain' initiative.

The FM went on to say how Spain "is seen as a good place to visit and to spend vacations or retire, but not so good to invest or work", and that the country was generally considered to be unsophisticated and low-tech. He also lamented the dated sterotype of Spain as being a country of Flamenco dancers and Matadors.

As far as growth of the Economy of the Spain is concerned, "The key is markets' and institutions' confidence in the country and the confidence to attract investment and create jobs," Garcia-Margallo said.

The Minister also presented case studies to prove Spain's place in the world as a leader and innovator in areas such as business, culture and sport, noting that 3 of the world's Top 10 chefs are Spaniards, the country's success in football over recent years, and the Spain recently being reported to be the 2nd largest exporter of Wine in the world.

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Comment on this Story

@John - That's horrific! I hadn't realised pensions had actually been cut, I just thought the annual increase was frozen! Was there any reason for the cut given?
Ed Bishop - Fri, 14th Jun 2013
The Finance minister says that Spain is a great place to retire. Thats what I thought until this government reduced my pension by 60%. I am English and have been resident in Spain for 30 years.
John - Fri, 7th Jun 2013
With regard to the FM's comment about >unsophisticated and low-tech< I can say the internet facilities are exactly that. Very expensive and unstable. How can businesses survive with a service that is so unreliable. If you want busines to invest in Spain - fix it !
Dave - Fri, 7th Jun 2013
" He also lamented the dated sterotype of Spain as being a country of Flamenco dancers and Matadors " ... Not True : Spain is also a Country of Corrupt Politicians, Incompetent Bankers and excessive expenditure on unnecessary Infrastructure !
Paul Coulson - Thu, 6th Jun 2013

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