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Galicia supports improvement of urban wastewater treatment at the European Committee of the Regions and calls for sufficient and sustainable financial support

07/07/2023 |

— The Director General for External and EU Relations, Jesús Gamallo, took part in the plenary committee’s debate on the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Green Pact’s industrial plan

Brussels, July 7th 2023. The Director General for External and EU Relations, Jesús Gamallo, took part this week in a new plenary session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) to discuss the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the industrial plan of the Green Pact. The meeting was attended by Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton.

Among the nine opinions adopted at the plenary session, the one on the revision of the directive on waste water treatment stands out. Galicia included in the text amendments relating to the different deadlines so that they are coherent and in line with water planning, as well as to clarify the proposed wording and avoid the need to interpret the text in a way that makes it difficult to apply.

Jesús Gamallo welcomed the revision of this opinion on waste water, stressing the importance of “sufficient European financial support” to achieve the objectives set in this area. The director general gave the example of Galicia, which has been working for a long time to comply with European regulations and guarantee the quality of its water. In fact, he highlighted the efforts of our region to “improve energy efficiency in the wastewater treatment process, to achieve more sustainable treatment systems”.

The industrial Green Deal and key raw materials

Due to the unstable international context and the need to generate a self-sufficient industry for the production of key elements in the green and digital transition, the Commission published the Critical Raw Materials Package with the aim of strengthening the stages of the supply chain, diversifying imports, improving the EU’s capacities to control supply and guaranteeing their free circulation in the single market while ensuring a high level of environmental protection.

The Committee of the Regions supports this package but stresses that less developed regions must be taken into account when setting up projects. In this regard, the director general commented that for Galicia it is essential to “take advantage of the synergies of the European Green Pact initiatives and promote the improvement and reconversion of professional qualifications in the regions and cities”. Gamallo explained Galicia’s commitment to industrial policy and just transition through the creation of the Galician Just Transition Fund and by being one of the founding regions of the Alliance of Regions with Automotive Industries.

European Committee of the Regions

The European Committee of the Regions is the consultative assembly in which the local and regional authorities of the European Union are represented.The plenary session of the CoR meets six times a year.Representing the Autonomous Community of Galicia, the titular member is the President of the Xunta de Galicia himself, while the post of substitute member is held by the Director General for External and EU Relations.

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