Author - Laurence Lemoine

How to deal with the state of alert in Spain when you are a foreigner

 Here are some info about the Spanish administration and the immigration procedures : they are paralysed. You can’t process any file or have any appointment in person.All deadlines suspended, both in procedural and administrative matters. Same for the time deadlines regarding appeals and court processes that were active.It means that if you had an appointment with the immigration office to get a NIE number, an European Certificate ,renew your TIE or residency card, nationality procedure or any other kind [...]

The afterwork

Lots of people on Wednesday night in the beautiful lounges of (also beautiful!) Hotel NH Collection on Calle Colon… Valencia-Expat-Services in collaboration with the Cámara Franco-Española de Comercio organized a great afterwork bringing together many expats and valencianos… About 90 professionals representing almost all sectors of activity, shared in a casual and informal way over drinks… A good atmosphere, great new meetings for some and happy reuniting for others… the evening was a real success! Laurence Lemoine

Las Fallas: You have to live them to believe them!

Here we go again the “Fallas” have started, even though there is a threat concerning the coronavirus for the moment nothing has interrupted these Incredible, amazing and unbelievable celebrations. These festivities are impossible to describe, they are as rich in activities as they are varied and quite spectacular ...You have to live them to believe them, all your senses will be alert, sight, sound, taste and odour an there is also  art, religion, pyrotechnics and gastronomy. Good mood is the [...]

Tourism industry bracing for economic impact of coronavirus

Published in: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-02-27/spain-bracing-for-economic-impact-of-coronavirus.html#?sma=newsletter_inenglish20200228m Businesses in Spain are eyeing events in Italy but say that it is too early to feel effects ahead of the Easter break Besides creating a public health crisis, the Covid-19 coronavirus is also having an impact on national economies. The Spanish stock market has retreated over 9% in six trading days as new cases of the disease have been confirmed. And the tourism industry is closely watching events unfold in Italy, where major cultural, trade and sports fixtures [...]

Ikon: Valencia‘s future new skyscraper

The work on the future skyscraper of the Kronos Homes company is starting now as the permission for construction has just been officially given by the Town Hall, even though the marketing process has already started.  This residential complex, made up of two towers, one of 30 floors high and the other of only 14 will be erected at the west end of the city, in front of the Melia Hotel which is currently the tallest building of Valencia with 117 meters high: Ikon, will be 114 meters high and will not steal the title of the highest building of Valencia… The Melia Hotel and the Torre de Francia (155 m high) will therefore remain at the top of the ranking (untilfurther notice)... The architect Ricardo Bofill is responsible of this emblematic project that will complete the Avenida Cortes in Valencia, a few steps from the Congress Centre and the future football stadium; the total investment amounts to approximately 70 million euros. A total of 203 accommodations, with prices ranging from 176,000 to 2 million euros, will be built with modern and dynamic designs to fit everybody’s needs. Of course, there will be swimming pools, gardens and solariums to enjoy the Valencian climate as well as a fitness center and a social dining area. The appartements have been on sale for [...]

Spaniards still eager to study in British universities in spite of Brexit

Publié dans: https://english.elpais.com/brexit/2020-02-20/spaniards-still-eager-to-study-in-british-universities-despite-brexit.htmlStudent applications have risen 30% since the 2016 referendum, but uncertainty remains over the future of the Erasmus exchange programAn increasing number of Spanish students are interested in studying in British universities despite Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, in a process commonly known as “Brexit.” Britain’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has seen a 30% rise in student applications from Spain since 2016, when Britain voted to leave the EU. Requests from German and Bulgarian [...]

Spanish rail company wins €5.6 billion contract to operate high-speed network in the United States

Publié sur: https://english.elpais.com/economy_and_business/2020-02-21/spanish-rail-company-wins-56-billion-contract-to-operate-high-speed-network-in-the-united-states.htmlRenfe will be responsible for the line between Houston and Dallas in what will be the largest ever deal reached by a state-owned company outside of SpainSpain’s state-owned rail company Renfe has won a $6 billion (€5.56 billion) contract to operate a high-speed train line between the cities of Dallas and Houston in the United States – the biggest contract ever secured by a Spanish public company outside of Spain, according to a press release issued by the firm [...]

Circular View looking for a new site

Circular View (Valencia’s future London Eye ?) is the huge touristic and commercial project, which struggle to see the day, which could give the city an additional advantage in terms of image and number of tourists… But the Consorcio 2007 which regroups the Marina of Valencia, the Generalitat and the town hall just have refused its installation in the heart of the Marina, arguing that it is not part of its medium or long-term development plan. Thus, the promoters [...]

Gibraltar, fishing and migrant rights: Spain’s post-Brexit red lines

https://english.elpais.com/brexit/2020-01-30/gibraltar-fishing-and-migrant-rights-spains-post-brexit-red-lines.html#?sma=newsletter_inenglish20200131m PM Pedro Sánchez is meeting on Thursday with the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, to discuss the future relationship between the UK and the bloc Spain has set down its red lines for the ambitious negotiation over the relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Britain leaves the 28-country bloc on Friday, a process commonly known as Brexit. The EU’s chief negotiator for the process, Michel Barnier, will visit Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Thursday [...]

Brexit : first, a transitional period

The British Embassy in Madrid has published a guide to clarify the situation of British residents here. Almost 80.000 British people live in the Region of Valencia and 3 million British tourists visit the area every year.From February the 1st to December the 31st of this year, things will remain stable with a transitional period of eleven months, but it will change at the beginning of 2021.You have to register as a resident in the Registration System and you [...]