The Galician government strengthens its ties with the European Union during a visit to Brussels to discuss Galicia’s priorities before the European Union
— The second vice-president of the Xunta de Galicia, Diego Calvo, made an institutional visit where he announced the implementation of a strategy to strengthen Galicia’s position in the European sphere.
— During his visit to Brussels, accompanied by the General Director of Foreign Relations and with the EU, Jesús Gamallo, Diego Calvo visited the Fundación Galicia Europa and met with the Ambassador Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Union.
Brussels, 21st September 2022. The second vice-president of the regional goverment of Galicia, Diego Calvo, made his first trip to Brussels on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21. Accompanied by the Director General of Foreign and EU Relations, Jesús Gamallo, Diego Calvo visited the office of the Fundación Galicia Europa (FGE) on Tuesday, where he met the professionals and trainees who work in the organisation. He also observed the work carried out by them promoting Galician participation in European affairs for more than 30 years and, above all, defending Galician interests before the European Union.
“At a time when the EU is playing an increasingly important role in the face of the successive crises we are experiencing, it is necessary to strengthen our presence in Brussels to defend Galician interests in the complicated Community decision-making process,” explained the Second Vice-President.
He also recalled that the Galician External Action Act, aproved last year, gives Fundación Galicia Europa the mandate to represent the Galicia before the institutions and bodies of the European Union, following the guidelines of the regional government and respecting the principles of unity of the Spain’s external action.
Just Transition, the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), the possible reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, the role of Galicia within the Automotive Regions Alliance, or the participation in the debate on the ecological transition embodied in the European Green Pact, are some of the issues addressed by the Fundación Galicia Europa in collaboration with the different departments of the Xunta de Galicia to identify the decisions that may have an important impact on Galicia.
Diego Calvo: “At a time when the EU is playing an increasingly important role in the face of the successive crises we are experiencing, it is necessary to strengthen our presence in Brussels to defend Galician interests in the complicated Community decision-making process”
On Wednesday, Diego Calvo met with Marcos Alonso, ambassador permanent representative of Spain to the EU. The meeting, which was also attended by the Director General for External Relations and EU Affairs, Jesús Gamallo, focused on the upcoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2023, but also addressed issues such as the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), deep sea fishing and the need for a just transition to climate neutrality by 2050. The six months of the Spanish Presidency will be very important for the Galician goverment that is willing to help organising the two informal councils to be held in Galicia next year: the meeting of fisheries ministers, to be held in Vigo in July, and the meeting of economy and finance ministers, to be held in Santiago de Compostela in September.
Galicia is also appealing for encouragement for the call to establish an Atlantic macro-region to strengthen political and economic cooperation between the Atlantic regions. Spain and Portugal support this measure, pending agreement with France and Ireland.