The Region of Murcia has signed the Bologna Charter, by its President Fernando Lopez Miras with the attendance of the Emilia-Romagna regional commissioner Patrizio Bianchi during the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission Political Bureau meeting, the 15th of February 2018 in Cartagena (Spain).
Opening the meeting, Fernando Lopez Miras stressed in particular the issues that the Mediterranean face when it comes to Climate Change and water or coastal management. In this perspective, he stressed that “we need to act fast because, the consequences of Climate Change impose urgent obligations” and for instance “water scarcity in many Mediterranean regions, such as Murcia, must be considered a shared issue”.
Afterwards, he officially signed the Bologna Charter, joining a strong and large group of Mediterranean regional and local authorities that work since 2012 – through dozens of transnational and local major coastal projects – on the adaptation to climate change and sustainable development in the Mediterranean coasts.
“In welcoming the Region of Murcia in the Community of the Charter of Bologna, as the Emilia-Romagna Region, today we strengthen the alliance of Mediterranean Regions for Sustainable Development, because we are convinced that a strong network of Mediterranean Regions is decisive in countering the tendency to further divide the strong areas from the weak ones of Europe.” In addition, the councilor Patrizio Bianchi stressed that “The Mediterranean has extraordinary research and innovation capabilities and the Emilia-Romagna Region intends to position itself at the top of a Mediterranean research network, making available its excellences, including the European centre for weather forecasts.”
Moreover, he concluded by stressing strongly that for the Emilia-Romagna region and for all the Mediterranean regions it would be unacceptable any proposal of the Commission to downsize the resources and objectives of the cohesion policies, which are today the main instrument for the development human resources and innovation in Southern Europe, putting at risk the whole process of European integration.