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7 Oct 2011

Jean Charest promotes the Plan Nord in Spain

The Premier of Québec was greeted in Barcelona by Catalan Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Senén Florensa on the first day of his mission to Spain.

Québec Premier Jean Charest is leading a mission in Spain to present the Plan Nord to Catalan and Spanish politicians and to promote this development project with the Barcelona and Madrid economic establishments. This is the Premier’s first mission to Spain. He is accompanied by Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie.

“Getting a large-scale project like the Plan Nord off the ground requires a capacity to attract outside resources and investments. A number of Spanish companies are world-leaders in their sectors of economic activity and have the expertise and the capacity to invest that could benefit Québec. Catalonia, with which we have a close cooperative relationship, is also a strategic partner for Québec in Spain,” said the Premier.

Barcelona

During this mission, Mr. Charest will hold discussions with Artur Mas, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya. These discussions with the head of the Catalan government will give the Premier the opportunity to:

  • Present the full potential of the Plan Nord
  • Take stock of cooperation between Québec and Catalonia.

The Premier will also meet with Núria de Gispert, the President of the Parliament of Catalonia, as well as a number of members of parliament.

Jean Charest will also hold discussions in the Catalan capital with Francesc Xavier Mena, the Minister of Enterprise and Labour. Minister Mena, as well as Lluis Recoder, the Minister of Territory and Sustainability, will accompany the Premier to his presentation of the Plan Nord to business executives at Pedralbes Palace.

Madrid

In order to strengthen Québec’s ties with the Spanish government and to present the Plan Nord, the Premier will hold discussions with:

  • Trinidad Jiménez García-Herrera, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
  • Esperanza Aguirre, the President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid.

The Premier will also take advantage of a major conference in the Spanish capital by addressing an audience of business and political representatives attending the Nueva Économía Fórum.

Québec’s relations with Spain
Québec Government Office in Barcelona
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