Galicia and the European Commission examine together the opportunities for Galicia of “REPowerEU”
— Ana Ramos, director of the Brussels office of the Fundación Galicia Europa, opened the seventh meeting of the year of the cycle of meetings “FGE | Galicia Next Generation”.
— Ana Ramos highlighted the importance of REPowerEU in the current energy context, as well as the funding opportunities that this plan could have for Galicia.
Brussels, 28th September 2022. Ana Ramos, Director of the Brussels office of the Fundación Galicia Europa hosted the sixth annual edition of the “FGE | NextGeneratiOn Galicia”, a monthly forum between Galicia and the European Commission aimed to discuss and exchange information on EU policies that have an important impact on Galicia economy and society.
Ana Ramos underlined the importance of REPowerEU, the action plan through which the European Commission aims to phase out dependence on imports of Russian gas, oil and coal, while assuring the supply and affordable energy prices for the upcoming winter. To achieve this, there will be an increase of the funding for green energies such as hydrogen, which could be an opportunity for Galicia. Ana Ramos also highlighted the need to guarantee collaborative bonds to ensure the involvement of the regional administration, both in the review of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC) and in the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans.
Following Ana Ramos’ intervention, a representative of the EU Energy Platform Working Group (European Commission) took the floor to explain the current energy context, as well as the challenges of REPowerEU. The Director of the Energy Department of the Galician Energy Institute (INEGA), Ignacio Rodríguez Fernández-Arroyo, also spoke, explaining the concerns and expectations that exist in our region regarding REPowerEU.