Tarragona, Spain (PortSEurope) December 1, 2020 – Europe Direct Tarragona (EDTgn) and Tarragona port, in collaboration with Tarragona City Council and the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona, has organized an online seminar to give to know the Next Generation EU among the business fabric and the citizens of the territory. The fund will involve an injection €140 billion to finance digital transformation projects,
boost industrial competitiveness and in line with the Green Pact in favor of clean energy and sustainability. The first speaker, Rosa M. Aldea, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Budgets of the European Commission, was responsible for explaining the set of EU Next Generation grants for the period of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. The instrument, endowed with €750 billion, is aimed at financing investments and reforms, with objectives such as economic-social and territorial cohesion, strengthening the single market, mitigating the social and economic impact of the crisis and promoting transitions. ecological and digital. 37% of the Next Generation EU fund is for deepening the ecological transition and 20% for the digital transition, and she insisted it will be looked at with a magnifying glass that does not harm the goal of zero polluting emissions in the year 2050. She also said that Next Generation EU is a fund to invest, to carry out investments and reforms, not to pay current expenditure, and as a novelty a first advance of the project will be made, but the rest of the money will be entered depending on the results. The second speaker, Jorge Castro, a member of the Digital Policy Development and Coordination Unit of the European Commission, was in charge of delving into aspects such as digitization and the Green Pact as keys to recovery. He explained the need for digitalisation to also take on the objectives of the European Green Pact. He defended the need to create projects and policies that promote green data centers and bandwidth at European level and the exchange of data at EU level in the form of a “single data market” available to companies and other actors. The third speaker, Josep M. Cruset, President of Tarragona port had a talk entitled “Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Growth and Social Commitment in the Port of Tarragona”. He wanted to emphasize the exceptionality of the moments with two significant data. On the one hand, the 20% drop in electricity consumption, equivalent to 90 consecutive days of general strike and the high level of public debt above 100% of GDP, which is three times more higher than at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. He also explained that the Keynesian recipes of the EU for overcoming the crisis of 2008 can no longer be applied in this case and welcomed the implementation of Next Generation EU aid and the criteria and objectives that accompany it. Cruset emphasized that organizations must take on the challenge of transforming in order to be in line with what the challenges of the future call for to be transparent, efficient and sustainable. For the president, efficiency goes hand in hand with digitalisation and sustainability goes through assuming the 17 UN sustainable development goals. In this sense, he presented the general lines of the Sustainability Plan- Agenda 2030 presented by Tarragona last July, an ambitious plan, with powerful objectives for the benefit of the city and the territory and to give it fulfillment with 3 axes, 23 objectives and 82 actions and a fundamental purpose that is to achieve the 99% reduction in the carbon footprint of the APT. Cruset highlighted actions such as the restoration of the space of the Natura 2000 Network in the area of La Pineda, the placement of marine biotopes, the elimination of potential sources of CO2 emissions such as the clinker factory on the Levante dike, the purchase of certified green energy, the construction of a 4th photovoltaic plant on the roof of the Port Museum, the study for the electrification of the Moll de Balears to connect the cruises and the participation of the port in the project “Tarragona Hydrogen Valley”. Josep M. Tost, last speaker of the seminar and director of the Catalan Waste Agency (ARC), stressed the need for better management of the planet’s resources. The director of the ARC, to defend a necessary revolution that leads us to a new economic paradigm and new business models. The EU is on this path, introducing a major regulatory and legal change to encourage different industrial production and different consumption towards circularity based on the three RRRs: reduce, recycle and reuse. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Tarragona (APT – Port Authority of Tarragona) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.