A CPMR delegation, led by Cees Loggen CPMR Vice-President for Climate and Energy and Regional Minister of Noord-Holland, attended the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP 25), which was held in Madrid on 2-13 December 2019. The CPMR delegation had the opportunity to meet with different regional authorities and to organise a side event at the EU Pavilion.

Leaving no-one behind in the transition to climate neutrality

The CPMR organised a side event on 11 December 2019 with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) . The side event focused on the need to ensure a transition to carbon neutrality that is fair for all and that is delivered in full partnership with all stakeholders, from regional authorities, civil society to youth.

The CPMR was represented at the side event by Cees Loggen, CPMR Vice-President for Climate and Energy and Regional Minister of Noord-Holland, and by Ferran Rosa, Managing Director of the Balearics Institute for Energy.

Cees Loggen underlined how maritime and peripheral regions are at the forefront of climate change and called for special attention for territories that are vulnerable to a rise in sea levels. Furthermore, he stressed the need for a transition to climate neutrality and a European Green Deal that build on the strengths of the territories and that involve all stakeholders.

Ferran Rosa echoed the need for a fair transition that supports maritime and peripheral regions and especially islands. Furthermore, he underlined the need to ensure a transition that supports the most affected citizens and that preserves jobs.

The side event gave the opportunity for a productive discussion given the diverse panellists from the European institutions (European Commission – DG CLIMA and the EESC), the youth (CliMates), the International Trade Union Confederation, CAN Europe and the International Union for Conservative Nature.

Regions are ready to work together to deliver the European Green Deal

During COP 25, the CPMR delegation had the opportunity to meet with different regional authorities (Andalucía, Islas Baleares, Bretagne, Euskadi, Generalitat Valenciana and Murcia).

The meetings focused on the need to ensure climate and energy policies that are tailor-made to the territories and on their strengths, and that involve them in policy design and not only implementation. Moreover, exchange of best practices was discussed, as well as the strong role that regions can and have to play in order to deliver the European Green Deal and to achieve a carbon neutral Europe.