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Bucharest ,  March 14, 2019

Vasco Cordeiro wants EU to value the work of regions on sustainable development and the fight against climate change

The President of the Government presented in Bucharest the Azores as a good example in Europe concerning the adaptation of policies and measures to ensure sustainability in various areas, defending that the European Union should value the role of regions in accomplishing this common goal.
 
"The carried out by many European regions in areas related to sustainable development and climate change is impressive. This work should be promoted and valued, because it can serve as an example and help the EU accomplishing the goals" defined for this matter, said Vasco Cordeiro.
 
The President of the Government spoke at the 8th European Summit of Regions and Cities taking place in Romania with the participation of hundreds of regional and local leaders who will debate and adopt, at the end of the meeting, a Declaration on the future of the Union European Union.
 
Vasco Cordeiro, as President of the Government and of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), will take part in the debate on the role of regions and cities in building a sustainable future. It will also feature the Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Markku Markkula, the President of the Assembly of European Regions, Magnus Berntsson, and the Mayor of Sibiu, Romania, Astrid Fodor.
 
According to him, the issue of sustainable development must be also linked to economic and social sustainability in order to ensure that citizens perceive these goals as their own and that the solutions to be adopted also allow them to solve the issues of their daily lives.
 
"Leadership is important to show the way, to create instruments and incentives, but we cannot win this battle if citizens do not feel it like a battle of their own," stressed Vasco Cordeiro. As he also noted, the European Union has set political goals and allocated resources, but it still has to value more the role and contribution of regions.
 
In the specific case of the Azores, it should be recalled that the Government has already approved the Regional Climate Change Programme. It stipulates 76 adaptation and mitigation measures, providing for the reduction of greenhouse gas emission by 2030, among other goals.
 
At the end of 2018, the Region already reached about 40 percent of renewable and endogenous energy use, said Vasco Cordeiro. This figure is above the target under the EU Energy and Climate Package for 2030. We expect to achieve 56 percent level of electricity production based on renewable resources by 2023.
 
In the context of environmental protection, the Azores have already started their certification process as Sustainable Tourist Destination in accordance with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria and with the United Nations' seal. Currently, this certification there are only nine regions and four countries bearing this certification.
 
The "(Re)New EUrope" is promoted by the Committee of the Regions and the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.
 
This event, held every two years, brings together leaders of governments and assemblies of European Union regions and cities, senior representatives of Member States and European institutions as well as representatives of other bodies.
 
Participants include the President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, the Prime Minister of Romania, Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu, the European Commission's chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, and several MEPs, among others.
 
The Bucharest Declaration will be adopted at the closing session, which will be attended by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. This document defines the vision of regions for a renewed European Union.
 
On the sidelines of this summit, the President of the Government met with the President of the Assembly of European Regions, Magnus Berntsson, to discuss "Eurodyssey," an exchange programme providing traineeships for young people abroad; 150 young Azores have already benefited from this programme.


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