At the plenary sessions of the Committe of the Regions, the Basque Country to argue for greater recognition of the competences of the regions in energy efficiency and to call for a more active role by the EIB.
95th Plenary Session of the Committee of the Regions (Brussels, 3 and 4 May 2012) - 16 Basque amendments or proposals to 4 opinions of the Committee of the Regions.
The Basque Government's General Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Guillermo Echenique, proposed strengthening the role of the European Investment Bank (EIB) through local and national credit institutions to fund investments in energy efficiency.
With the Basque Country assuming a proactive role and endorsed by its long track record of participation, the 95th plenary session of the Committee of the Regions is being held in the Brussels on 3 and 4 May, where the General Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Basque Government, Guillermo Echenique, will represent the Basque Country.
During this plenary session of the political assembly of the representatives of the regions of the European Union, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, will speak to the representatives of the regions of the European Union.
Thanks to the opinions in different areas and issues of importance in the EU, and in order to defend the Basque voice and interests, Echenique will submit a total of 16 Basque amendments or proposals to 4 opinions of the Committee of the Regions. The Fisheries Policy and the Agricultural Common Policy, the regulations for the future community funds (Strategic Framework, the ERDF, the ESF and the Cohesion Fund), the EU Health Programme, or energy efficiency, are on the agenda of the sessions of this plenary of the Commttee of the Regions.
According to G. Echenique, the Basque Government's General Secretary for Foreign Affairs, in the plenary sessions of the Committee of the Regions "we are calling on the European Union for the actions of the EU to have a real impact on the citizens, by defending and working with the EU so that the EU decisions are more effective and specific, and therefore, with positive results for the Basques and for our economy".
In Brussels, the General Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Basque Government will advocate for the role of preventive health and that the EU should continue to consoldiate its benchmark centres in the area of less known diseases, as well as to continue defending the role of women in the fisheries sector, and ensure that the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will benefit all municipalities, as well as being able to inject European funds into research and innovation infrastructures. On the other hand, the Basque Government will argue for the need for greater recognition of the competences of local and regional stakeholders in energy efficiency.
With respect to energy efficiency, the position of the Basque Government is to defend a more active role of local and regional stakeholders in the European energy efficiency strategies and that their competences be recognised.. According to the Basque Government's General Secretary for Foreign Affairs, "with more direct access to funding, and clear involvement in the sphere of the European decision of the local and regional activities, we can contribute to real energy efficiency". He is therefore proposing to promote the role of the European Investment Bank (EIB) through the local and national entities to fund investments in energy efficiency.