July 25, 2021

The autonomous parliaments fight for "no region is left behind"

The autonomous parliaments fight for "no region is left behind"



The Conference of Presidents of Autonomous Parliaments (COPREPA) today called for decisive policies and funding to the European Union (EU) to strengthen cohesion and that "no region is left behind".

A premise that marks the Declaration of Zaragoza, a consensus document in the plenary session of the organism held today in the Aragonese capital, which have been attended by eight institutional representatives of the Canary Islands, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Valencian Community, Murcia, Navarra , Extremadura and Asturias.

"Our position is firm before the policies of cohesion, fundamental to shorten the distances of inequality gaps," the president of the institutional forum and the Parliament of the Canary Islands, Carolina Darias, told the media.

The document warns that the EU is not being effective in the face of the "convulsive moments" Europe is experiencing after "the Brexit, the unresolved drama of the refugees and the rise of overtly xenophobic political forces."

And in view of this situation, it proposes to redouble efforts, fight against growing inequalities, promote inclusive society and "continue to build bridges" before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

"Only by uniting the different territories will we be able to move forward in the face of xenophobic, racist and anti-pro-European speeches that struggle to get ahead," added Violeta Barba, president of the Cortes de Aragón.

Barba, who has hosted the meeting of this interparliamentary body, stressed that the signed statement addresses a crucial issue in the Aragonese region and other Spanish communities such as depopulation.

In this sense, the document expressly cites the fact that depopulation is a criterion for receiving funding, given its conditioning factors of population aging, falling birth rates, territorial dispersion and rural challenges.

The Zaragoza Declaration, adopted unanimously, will be presented at various institutions including the Council of Europe and the Committee of the Regions.

Now, COPREPA is preparing its common position for the next meeting of the body at the Conference of the Legislative Assemblies of Europe, which will take place in the Azores (Portugal) on November 21.

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