This morning we woke up in the Radisson Blue
Hotel in Malmö, which was awarded “Best Conference Facility 2011”, to start our
final day in Scandinavia. We spent our last day on Medicon village, a new
centre for research, innovation and entrepreneurship within life sciences.
Ursula Hilkvist Bengtsson, the Vice President of Medicon village, told us the
story about how Medicon Village was started in January 2012 in the research
facility of AstraZeneca, that decided in March 2010 to relocate its research
activities from Lund to Mölndal. This was a very inspiring story for our
Belgian delegation since we are facing comparable challenges with the closure
of Ford Genk in 2014. We received a guided tour through Medicon Village, and
our delegation got the opportunity to meet several Medicon Village companies in
the B2B session. On this closing day, both Minister Vandeurzen and Minister
Lieten gave their point of view on the importance of this visit for the Flemish
After 4 very fruitful but exhausting days we
returned to Copenhagen airport, for the flight home.