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McDonnell to go on trade mission to Europe


Gov. Bob McDonnell is headed off Monday on another foreign trade mission.

The governor will spend 10 days in Europe promoting Virginia’s agriculture and tourism industries. He’ll visit Germany, Britain, Switzerland and Sweden.

McDonnell’s schedule includes meetings with automotive companies in Germany; pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland; and business leaders in the automotive, aquaculture, construction, banking, agriculture and other industries in Sweden.

In London, he’ll be talking to the Travel Channel about Virginia tourism, holding a Virginia wine-tasting event and meeting with agricultural and food product importers.

McDonnell has led several international trade missions as governor, including trips to Japan, Korea and China. He’s also previously visited Europe.

Those trips have helped encourage foreign companies to expand to Virginia, and opened up new export opportunities for Virginia businesses, according to a press release from the governor’s office that announced the trip.

In the release, McDonnell said his past trade missions “have yielded enormous results” for Virginia trade, including about $200 million in new agricultural export deals in the past two years.

His latest trip to Europe, he said, will help build on existing relationships with European businesses and create new ones.

“Europe is an important corporate and trade partner with Virginia, and it is essential that we continue to expand the presence of European companies in Virginia as well as look for new export opportunities to this region,” McDonnell said. “I look forward to sharing Virginia’s success story as the top state to do business and bring back even more economic successes from this trade mission.”

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