CECICN works on Territorial Cohesion

Last Thursday, October 20th, CECICN experts met at Eixo Atlantico headquarters in Vigo. The Executive Bureau of the Conference of European Cross-border and Interregional Networks, CECICN, met in Galicia in a session chaired by Jean Peyrony, CEO and Xoan V. Mao, general secretary of the network. The meeting was attended by representatives of the 6 networks within the organization, CECICN, Mission Operationnelle Transfrontaliere (MOT), Iberian Cross Border Network (RIET), Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC), Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities ( FAIC) MedCities, and Union of Baltic Cities (UBC). These organizations represent more than 500 cities in the border territories, and over 37% of the European population. The main topic of the discussion was the profiling of the latest draft White Paper on Cooperation, whose work, which began in Paris last July, will be completed for discussion and subsequent delivery to the European Commission, on December. The document provides the vision of cities and territories of the European borders on the development of cross-border and transnational cooperation for the next period 2014-2020. Among other things, it states that in the distribution of European funds are contemplated not only the criterion of population but also the dispersion of the population. The paper also raises the need for financial and political momentum in transport, health, education and business policy in the field of border and peripheral territories and the disappearance of issues that hamper the development of these territories, such as obstacles to mobility problems or communications.
The CECICN Committee has noted with great satisfaction that some of the proposals already raised in this year and a half of existence, have been collected by the European Commission in the draft regulation that has been submitted to the European Parliament and the Council on October 6.

Ist Atlantic Forum on Sustainable Development

Last September 30th, Vigo City Council held a major conference on the diverse issues of the Sustainable development on the Atlantic Area. The session was opened by M. Abel Caballero, Vigo Mayor, who described the protection of the environment as a protection of the future. He insisted on the importance of networks such as the Spanish Network of Cities for Climate, and the aim for a “human” city, which is sustainable and attractive.
M. Parajó explained the enormous influence of transport on the climate and proposed a “walking city” that privileges non-polluting transport means feeded by renewable sources. Custom and opinion barriers should be removed. M. García explained how the electric vehicle system is implemented in Vigo city, with 100 charging points and a important fleet of vehicles that allow real car-sharing; progressing from the “stop-auto” to a real “mobile-auto”.
Enrique Roca, from the USC and Emérito Freire, INEGA, presented practical multi-criteria and multi-stage tools for enterprises to measure and, reduce carbon impact and even give value-added concerning eco-design. Biomass should be counted on as renewable source of energy.
Other sessions focused on the reliable resources to be implemented concerning ecological tagging (APROEMA) and observatories (BIC Galicia), as well as the installations of wind energy and the limits of the current economic system.
The session was closed by Ms. Rosa Leis (ADTERRA) and Tamara Guirao (CAAC) that introduced  the context of the Atlantic Arc Cities so as to present the short delivery chain managed by local authorities and the experiences of ANATOLE project as an appropiate scheme to ensure a more respectful market system concerning food supply.