Xunta and the European Commission discuss new EU missions
— The Director General for External and EU Relations, Jesús Gamallo, inaugurates the third meeting of the year of the “FGE | Next Generation Galicia” cycle of the Galicia Europa Foundation.
— Gamallo stresses the importance of involving all regional actors and, especially, the Innovation and Research ecosystems to ensure that these five Missions generate a lasting and sustainable impact.
Brussels, March 30th, 2022.– The Director General for External and EU Relations, Jesús Gamallo, opened this morning the third meeting of the year of the FGE | Next Generation Galicia cycle, the monthly discussion forum, moderated by the Director of the Galicia Europa Foundation in Brussels, Ana Ramos, in which the Xunta and the European Commission discuss the EU policies with the greatest impact on the Galician community.
On this occasion, the new EU Missions were discussed with the leading national expert in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, the Galician Rosa Correa, with which the European Union wants to respond to some of the greatest current challenges: the fight against cancer, adaptation to climate change, the protection of seas and waters, the transformation of cities to make them greener and smarter, and the restoration of soils to ensure food security.
This is a new way of working to achieve ambitious goals by 2030, which encompasses both the promotion of R&D&I in these areas and the development of legislation and citizen participation. Therefore, as Jesús Gamallo stressed during his speech, “it is important to involve all regional actors, as well as their Innovation and Research ecosystems, in order to generate a lasting and sustainable impact”.
The director also emphasised the suitability of supporting the priorities of the different Missions through the Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3), which articulate the R&D&I actions of the regions and continue to be an essential requirement for accessing European structural funds. The RIS3 for the period 21-27, on which Galicia is still working, already incorporates the EU priorities for the coming years, such as the new Industrial Strategy, the implementation of the Green Pact or the digital transformation.
Virtual meetings between the European Commission and the Xunta de Galicia
The cycle of meetings FGE | NextGeneration Galicia brings together every month the Xunta de Galicia with representatives of the European Commission to jointly address the policies promoted by the EU. Since its launch in September 2020, and with more than 20 meetings held, this cycle has served to discuss many issues on the EU agenda, such as the Industrial Strategy for Europe, the Green Pact or the European Digital Agenda.