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Mariano Rajoy, junto al vicepresidente de Volkswagen, Francisco Javier García Sanz.

On the occasion of the inauguration of the Barcelona International Motor Show prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced that the Volkswagen Group will invest 4.2 billion euros in the country, “probably the largest industrial investment ever made in Spain”.

At a lunch with executives from leading car manufacturers on the occasion of the 38th Barcelona International Motor Show, the President of the Government highlighted the contribution made by this sector to the Spanish economy.

Spain is the leading European manufacturer of industrial vehicles, the second-leading manufacturer of passenger vehicles in the European Union and the ninth worldwide.

Mariano Rajoy added that the sector is a “prime indicator” of the strength of the economy and is presently showing “the sustained reactivation of our entire industrial sector, and hence of the national economy as a whole”.

The President of the Government pointed out that in the first quarter of the year, the production of vehicles exceeded 714,000 units – 15.5% up on last year – and exports have grown by 12.3%. Moreover, car registrations have now recorded eight straight quarters of growth.

Rajoy underlined that these positive figures translate into the creation of quality jobs – “the main national goal” – and in the last 12 months, unemployment has fallen in the industrial sector by some 45,700 people, the number of people in work has increased by 142,500, and that almost 10% of the fall in unemployment in the month of April came from the industrial sector.

He thanked the representatives from the automobile sector for having supported the Spanish economy during the crisis through their investments, “when very few people were committing to us”.

The PM then announced that the Volkswagen Group, whose Global Vice-President met with him at Moncloa Palace on Thursday, will invest 4.2 billion euros in our country, “probably the largest industrial investment ever made in Spain”.

This investment will be made between now and 2019 and will be allocated to equipment, facilities and R&D at the SEAT factories in Martorell (Barcelona) and the Volkswagen factories in Navarre.

“This ambitious project not only guarantees the future of these globally cutting-edge factories, but it also represents an unprecedented endorsement of the leadership of the Spanish automotive-supply industry, where this investment will have a major impact in terms of both activity and employment”, he pointed out.

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Pitt was allegedly photographed in the Vega Baja town of Los Montesinos

BY ANDREW ATKINSON reporting from Los Montesinos
BRAD Pitt could yet make Alicante based sleepy town Los Montesinos a stopping-off point in the star actor’s hectic life schedule – along with Angelina Jolie.

Pitt was allegedly photographed in the Vega Baja town of Los Montesinos two years ago, having arrived in Spain by private jet at Murcia, San Javier airport.

Sceptics find it hard to believe that the star-struck couple would settle down in Los Montesinos – but they have an affection for Spain – having also visited Madrid and Casares in recent times.

Pitt was seen dining with daughters Zahara and Shiloh in Madrid, and Brad and Angelina purchased Spanish artwork from an art Gallery in Casares, following a visit in the province of Malaga, Andalusia, purchashing two paintings, painted on glass, one a 16th Century-style female portrait of Isabella.

Los Montesinos, near to Guardamar, La Mata and Torrevieja – amongst other resorts – has similar scenic views as Casares Costa – a beach side strip of residential urbanisations, bars and restaurants.

It is said that Pitt and Jolie are seeking a quiet, relaxing place – such as Los Montesinos – where they were reportedly seen with bodyguards in tow, after driving the short distance from Murcia, to view a huge property worth 1 million plus euros.

Photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their six children were taken in Los Montesinos square, near to the Church, featuring a picturesque bell-tower, when they were in town on vacation – allegedly seeking a property.

Pitt and Jolie reportedly took time looking around Los Montesinos, having arrived in two Mercedes S-class cars along with bodyguards.

And locals in Los Montesinos have revealed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have visited on more than one occasion.

Pitt starred in the film ‘The Councilor’ – a crime movie based around drug importers in Spain.
And Pitt, who shot scenes filming in Monte Pego, reportedly celebrated a colleagues birthday in Fortuna, Murcia, having been looking at property.

Pitt and his family are friends with retired football icon David Beckham and his wife Victoria and their four children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.

Pitt has told the media that he wanted the former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid star to coach his children football.

Beckham was offered to give Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s children Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne personal lessons.

And Beckham who played for Preston North End in 1995, while on loan at Deepdale from Manchester United, aged 19, has said that he would like Pitt to play his character, if a film of his career is made.

As Author of the book: ‘David Beckham-In at the Deep End’, Preston-born Andrew Atkinson, who has featured on VivaTVs ‘Let’s Talk Show’ said: “If Brad Pitt does purchase a property in Los Montesinos, and invites David Beckham over, I will gladly speak to him about Becks’ days at North End.

“David Beckham has always remembered his roots in the game, and his short ‘apprenticeship’ at Preston North End as a teenager in the old third division.”

Andrew added: “Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their family would be a welcome addition to the Vega Baja and Los Montesinos – it would be a perfect ‘Pitt-stop’ in their hectic life schedule.”

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