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Agencia EFE Marks 75th Anniversary in City Where It All Began

BURGOS, Spain – Agencia EFE on Friday celebrated its 75th anniversary in this historic northern Spanish city where it began as a modest local news service.

The speaker of the lower house of Spain’s Parliament, Jesus Posada, joined Agencia EFE President Jose Antonio Vera to inaugurate the exhibit “Efe, 75 Years of Photos” at Burgos’ Casa del Cordon de Burgos.

The opening of the exhibit brought together figures from culture, politics, the law, the media and other sectors.

From the installation of its first teletype machine at an office in Burgos, EFE has expanded to become the world’s largest Spanish-language news agency and the fourth-biggest overall.

The agency’s more than 3,000 professionals from 60 countries produce 3 million news items a year, along with 900,000 photos, 40,000 videos and 40,000 audio reports.

EFE and the Cervantes Institute are “two of the great pillars” that sustain “Brand Spain,” Posada said at Friday’s event.

The day’s festivities included the unveiling by Vera and Burgos Mayor Javier Lacalle of a commemorative plaque at the site where EFE began operations on Jan. 3, 1939.

EFE’s staff spent nearly a year inside that first, cramped office, where they “experienced a Spain of war and post-war where journalism had nothing to do with what it is now,” Vera said.

Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, presided over the Feb. 13 inauguration of EFE’s new headquarters in Madrid.

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