Last week the Committee of the Regions (CoR) President visited several high-level technology centres in the Basque country including EBN Member BIC BIZKAIA, specialising in advanced manufacturing and clean technologies, as well as CIC bioGUNE, and TECNALIA.
As part of a visit to the Basque Country by a delegation from the European Committee of the Regions, CoR president Markku Markkula visited Bizkaia Technology Park at Zamudio in the outskirts of Bilbao. He was accompanied by several members of the Basque government. The technology park there was first created 25 years ago, and now houses 226 highly-specialised companies with an overall workforce of more than 8 000, and joint overall turnover that rose to nearly EUR 3 billion in 2015.
Mr Markkula commented that "The Basque Country is a shining example of development and job creation, building on the knowledge economy and technological innovation. If we can develop centres of technological excellence, such as the Bizkaia Technology Park, it is thanks to the intelligent use of public-private partnerships".
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