The King of Spain, Felipe VI, is making his fifth visit to Malaga, since he took over as Head of State, this Wednesday afternoon, 17 November. The reigning monarch is presiding over the Cotec Foundation for Innovation European summit which is being held in the Edgar Neville Auditorium, at the provincial government’s headquarters.
The conference is also being attended by the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, along with the general directors of Cotec Spain, Portugal and Italy, Jorge Barrero, Jorge Portugal and Carlotta Quattro, respectively.
It will include the presentation of a report that analyses the situation and evolution of intangible assets in Spain, Italy and Portugal prepared by Cotec Spain in collaboration with the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (IVIE).
The summit will be followed by an early dinner for a select group of guests at the Hotel Miramar.
The monarch has visited the city previously with Queen Letizia, in September 2014 to preside over the inaugural dinner of the XIX Spain-United States Forum, and in November 2015 to deliver the National Awards for Innovation and Design at the Cervantes Theatre. Later, in 2017, he was in Malaga again for the Transfiere Forum, a European forum for science, technology and innovation, and on that occasion, when he was not accompanied by Queen Letizia, he also visited the Malaga Museum.
Finally, in 2018, he awarded Gold Medals of Merit in Fine Arts together with the queen at the Centre Pompidou Málaga. On that occasion he was loudly applauded when he said, "Malaga hides an admirable paradox: that of being one of the oldest cities in Europe and at the same time one of the most modern."