Sport, health and food: Pyrenees’ business summit, a cross-border day for innovation in Cerdagne

As part of the European project Poctefa CCI pirineusmed II, CCI Occitanie and CCI des Pyrénées-Orientales, with the support of Cambras de comerç in Girona, Lerida and Andorra CCI in partnership with Bourg-Madame, the cross-border cluster Sol Soleil, Agence des Pyrénées , Voyageon’s national portal network, hosted the 2nd Pyrenees Business Summit. This event, financially supported by the European Regional Development Fund, was dedicated to the themes of sport, health and food.

More than a hundred people were present at the 3and edition of the Pyrenees business summit, following Bolquère and Les Angles, on the themes of sport, health and food as new drivers of economic development in the Pyrenees.

This event for cross-border companies and public actors took place in the presence of Thibault Félix, Sub-Prefect of Recovery, Laurent Gauze, President of CCI 66 (Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Michel Garcia, Ministerial Council representing Hermeline Malherbe and two inter-municipal Presidents, Georges Armengol and Pierre Bataille. Daniel Armisen, the city’s mayor, introduced the morning. “This edition brings together major players and decision-makers from Andorra, Catalonia and France thanks to the unfailing mobilization of CCI 66, Occitanie and the Chambers of Commerce of‘Andorra Girona and Lerida and their respective royal sticks“.

Michel Garcia then took the floor, followed by Laurent Gauze, President of CCI 66, who presented the day. Josep Maria Piqué, Director General of Health of Andorra, Antoine Le Bellec, Director of the CNEA of Font-Romeu and Xavier Espuña came back with their expertise in health, sports and food. Cécile Hernandez’s testimony (see box) was undoubtedly the highlight of the day. A round table, moderated by Geneviève Clastres, journalist for Voyageons different, allowed a dozen local players (Clinique du souffle, Font-romeu Pyrénées 2000 station, UCPA, Cal l’Andreu,, Sol soleil, Esports cluster , Roc roi, Chemin faire) to bring their testimonies within their respective fields of action. The round table was closed by Domitien Detrie, director of the Agence des Pyrénées.

Mobilizable public assistance

The focus was on public support, which can be mobilized on each side of the border to support VSE-SMEs and the areas addressed, new drivers of the Pyrenees economy. Claire Sarda Vergès (Director of Europe Direct Pyrénées) and Florent Martiche (European Fund PO Department) spoke on behalf of Europe, Thibaut Félix (Deputy Head of Recovery) on the recovery plan France, David Torelles (Delegate Acció Alt Pirineu in Aran) on behalf of the Generalitat and Anna Estel ( responsible for institutional relations Andorra Business) for Andorra. “USand the event strengthens our desire to include this cross-border territory in future European and national projects and to help mobilize resources and activate cross-sectoral synergies and public-private partnerships to make it a pilot area of ​​expertise that is attractive, innovative, with a outstanding quality of life “, summed up the organizers.

Georges Armengol and Pierre Bataille finished Pyrenees Business Summit, “initiative aimed at creating a place for discussion and sharing around new challenges in order to develop original development models for the benefit of the future economy of the Pyrenees and on this basis establish the perspectives for the dissemination of innovative integrated projects for the territories. Discussions continued around pteeth and inevitable tasting of local products.

Cécile Hernandez: “I had lame legs”

Gold winner at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, Cécile Hernandez made a remarkable intervention. It was at video conference that the champion, who trains in Angles and Cerdagne, delivered a gripping testimony. Also, who is better than her at talking about sports, health and food? She was struck 20 years ago by multiple sclerosis, which appeared overnight.I woke up one morning in October, my legs were paralyzed. I was told that I might not want to go again or that I had a few years left to live. This sclerosis is now my strength, my uniqueness and the master I have become. I reoriented my personal and professional life. I wanted to stay in the Pyrenees to train because I had everything thereLaurent Gauze, president of CCI 66, presented him with a medal for his unwavering commitment to the area.

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