Sports, health and food: the Pyrenees Business Summit, a cross-border day for innovation in Cerdany

As part of the European project Poctefa CCI pirineusmed II, CCI Occitanie and CCI des Pyrénées-Orientales, with the support of Cambras de comerç of Girona, Lerida and Andorra CCI in partnership with Bourg-Madame, the Sol transnational group organized the Soleil Agency, and the national portal network Voyageons, Pyrénées Agency, the second business summit in Pyrénées. This event, financially supported by the European Fund for Regional Development, is dedicated to the themes of sport, health and food.

Over a hundred people were present at 3And An edition of the Pyrenees Business Summit, after Bolquer and Les Angles, on the themes of sport, health and food as new drivers of economic development in the Pyrenees.

The event was held for transnational corporations and public actors in the presence of Tibo Felix, Deputy Governor for Recovery, Laurent Gause, President of CCI 66 (Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Michel Garcia, Department Counsellor representing Hermlin Malherbe and two of the mayors, Georges Armangol and Pierre Patai. Daniel Armisen, the city’s mayor, introduced in the morning. “This edition brings together the main actors and decision-makers, from Andorra, Catalonia and France thanks to the continuous mobilization of CCI 66, Occitanie and Chambers of Commerce inAndorra Girona and Lleida and their respective leaders“.

The floor was then taken by Michel Garcia, followed by Laurent Goose, head of CCI 66 who presented today. Josep Maria Pique, Director General of Health in Andorra, Antoine Le Pelec, CNEA Director at Font-Romeu and Xavier Espuña in turn brought their expertise in health, sports and food. Cecil Hernandez’s testimony (see box) was undoubtedly the highlight of the day. Round table, run by Genevieve Cluster, journalist at Voyageons differently, enabled dozens of local players (Clinique du souffle, Font-romeu Pyrénées 2000 station, UCPA, Cal l’Andreu,, Sololeil, Esports Cluster, Roc roi, Chemin faire ) to present their testimony in the field of intervention of each of them. The round table was concluded by Domitien Detry, Director of the Pyrenees Agency.

Mobilized public aid

Emphasis was placed on public aid that could be mobilized on each side of the border to support VSE SMEs and the Territories in the topics covered, and the new drivers of the Pyrenees economy. Claire Sarda Verges (Direct Director of the Pyrenees Europe) and Florent Martiche (Managing the European Post Office) on Europe, Thibaut Felix (Recovery Sub-Governor) on France’s recovery plan, David Torelles (Delegate Acció Alt Pirineu i Aran) on Generalitat and Anna Estel ( Responsible for Corporate Relations (Andorra Businness) for Andorra. “againstAnd the event reinforces our desire to include this cross-border region in future European and national projects and contribute to the mobilization of resources and activate cross-sectoral synergies and public-private partnerships, to make it a leading area of ​​excellence that is attractive and innovative, with an exceptional quality of life”, Organizers summarized.

Georges Armangol and Pierre Patai concluded Business Summit in the Pyrenees, “The initiative aimed to create a space for discussion and participation on new challenges in order to develop original development models for the economy of tomorrow in the Pyrenees and to create prospects on this basis for the dissemination of integrated and innovative projects for the regions. Discussions continued about sTan and unmissable taste of local produce.

Cecil Hernandez: My legs are paralyzed

Cecile Hernandez, gold medalist at the Beijing Paralympic Games, made a great presentation. It was through videoconferencing that the champ, who trained in Angles and Cerdagne, gave a moving testimony. Besides, who are the best ones to talk about sports, health and food? 20 years ago I had multiple sclerosis that appeared overnight,”I woke up one October morning, my legs were paralyzed. I was told I might never walk again or I still have a few years to live. This hardening is now my strength, my uniqueness, and the hero I have become. I have redirected my personal and professional life. I wanted to stay in the Pyrenees to train because I have everything thereCCI 66 President Laurent Gauze awarded him a medal for his unwavering commitment to the region.

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