Armindo Monteiro, President of CIP – Confederation of Portuguese Business, and Antonio Garamendi, President of the Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE), took part in a lunch-debate organised by the Spanish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CHP) in Madrid.

The meeting centred on the theme “Economy and business in the Iberian context” and was attended by personalities from both countries’ business and institutional worlds. The leading players in the Portuguese and Spanish business sectors emphasised the predominance of common ties between the two countries and the need to use this strength to help the European economy regain competitiveness, which it is in danger of losing compared to other regions.

In his speech, Armindo Monteiro highlighted “the Iberian mechanism as an example of the benefits of the common relationship and how both countries and areas of co-operation have only two limitations: our imagination and the will and openness to try to reach the necessary consensus”.

In addition to the Presidents of CIP and CEOE, António Calçada de Sá, President of CHP, and João Mira Gomes, Portuguese Ambassador to Spain, also gave speeches.

Read the joint CIP, CEOE, and CHP press release here.

The event was also supported by the following companies: Auren, Belzuz, EDP, Fidelidade, Prosegur, and Banco Santander.