The King gave a royal audience with the Spanish Railway Association (Mafex) on the occasion of its 15th anniversary

HIS MAJESTY THE KING WELCOMED ON SEPTEMBER 26TH, THE COMPANIES THAT COMPRISE THE ASSOCIATION’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, HEADED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SAME, MR VICTOR RUIZ PIÑEIRO.

King Felipe VI received, on September 26th, at the Zarzuela Palace, the Spanish Railway Association (Mafex), whose Steering Committee composed of representatives of the companies Amurrio Ferrocarril y Equipos, ArcelorMittal, Bombardier Spain, Caf, Idom, Indra, Ingeteam, La Farga, Metalocaucho, Talgo, Sener, Sice, Tecnivial, Thales España and Typsa, who attended under the auspice of the company’s President, Víctor Ruiz Piñeiro and accompanied by the Secretary Jaime Hernani and the Managing Director Pedro Fortea.

Víctor Ruiz Piñeiro indicated that “it is an honour to be received by his Majesty on a date of such special significance for us as is the celebration of the 15th anniversary as the reference association of the sector on a national level, while being one of the most relevant on the international stage.”

During the meeting, from within MAFEX the monarch was informed of the evolution of the association throughout the fifteen years of its career path, its beginnings, evolution and consolidation in the national and international railway panorama in order to reach the 89 current partners who represent more than 80% of the foreign turnover of the Spanish railway sector.

The audience served to transfer to the King the challenges and concerns facing the Spanish railway business sector both nationally and internationally. MAFEX officials explained how the railroad, due to its advantages in terms of sustainability, capacity and safety, amongst others, must play a key role in the future of mobility of people and freight in Spain. Similarly, he was confident that the railroad is at the top of the priorities of the Spanish Administration when it comes to structuring national transport and sustainable mobility policies of the future, so that, our country, can be an example at the time to help achieve the environmental aims set forth by the European Union and those assumed by the international community. To achieve all of the foregoing, MAFEX insisted on the need for a commitment and state consensus in Spain to define a long-term rail infrastructure and rolling stock investment plan, based on a global transport strategy and stable, and preventing this road map from being modified either by economic cycles, or by political changes.

During the reception, MAFEX’s president thanked the monarch for the confidence always shown towards the association, and in general towards the Spanish railway sector, through the various engagements in which he has offered his presence throughout this period.