The president of the Andalusian Government, Juanma Moreno, warned this Wednesday in Brussels of the “effect” that climate change “will have on life expectancy”, and presented to the Committee of the Regions ( CdR ) an opinion that calls for the deployment of several strategies in Europe to prevent threats to human health.
“We talk a lot about climate change and the problems it raises from an economic or social point of view, but we don’t talk about the health problems, or the non-existence’ y period deaths that occur as a result of air or water pollution,” Moreno complained. , in statements to the media.
The opinion proposed by the Andalusian president passed the first filter this Wednesday within the Committee of the Regions: the Commission on the Environment and Climate of this body approved the text presented, which now goes to the plenary session of this body community for its final vote, representing the voice of the EU regions and cities in Brussels.
his Moreno led the defense of his proposed opinion before the members of the Environment and Climate Commission. which aims to “recognize the key role” that, as it says, local and regional governments play in the implementation of the European Green Deal, which sets the goal of achieving climate neutrality in the EU by 2050.
Precisely, the proposal of the Andalusian president calls for the use of this Green Deal as a regulatory framework to develop regulations and strategies that serve to prevent the impact of the climate crisis on human health and well-being.
However, Moreno warned that this will not be possible if the regional and local authorities do not receive “adequate financing”, or technical support or if they are not “part of the strategies launched by the institutions of Europe and the United States. “.
“Very new work is being done, the most recent that there is now from a regulatory point of view in the world in general, because Europe is very advanced in this, far ahead of others, Moreno said in his remarks. the press.
In this sense, he emphasized that the local and regional authorities are “lucky” that the CoR can respond to this issue and that Andalusia “once again takes a leading role, especially in environmental matters.”
THE UN CLIMATE SUMMIT IN DUBAI
Moreno will be one of the leaders of the delegation of the European Committee of the Regions, an institution of which he is vice president, at the UN climate summit (COP28) to be held between the end of November and the beginning of December in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
The Andalusian president hopes that the States of the world will make “courageous decisions” and “assume clear responsibilities and commitments in the fight against climate change.”
“States have a fundamental role, but the goals of combating climate change cannot be achieved without the active participation of cities and regions,” he said.
Moreno stressed that the climate crisis “has a problem” in the economy and society in regions such as Andalusia, which has experienced a four-year drought, he said.
Preparamos la Conferencia con miembros del @EU_CoR.
El compromiso de todos tiene que evidenciarse en decisiones valientes que mitiguen el cambio climático. pic.twitter.com/BEefZpNAxM
— Juanma Moreno (@JuanMa_Moreno) November 22, 2023
On the other hand, the president of the Junta de Andalucía of the CoR criticized the “stupidity” that, in his opinion, represents the amnesty bill for those involved in the Catalan independence process, on the same day that the European Parliament is debating the same issue.
Moreno hopes that, after the plenary session held at the headquarters in Strasbourg, the European Parliament will adopt a resolution urging the Spanish Government to “immediately correct” the proposed law of amnesty, which the Andalusian president described as “an” attack on separatism. of the power and equality of the Spaniards.”
“There is no absolute democracy if the judicial power depends on the executive or the legislature,” said Moreno, on an official visit to Brussels, in media statements after participating in a meeting of the European Commission of the Environment Committee of the Regions. , an institution where he is vice president.
Next week, the plenary session of the CoR will also debate the amnesty proposal of the members of the Spanish PP, with the aim, said Moreno, to make this body “also speak” on the matter, despite any contrary position that can be adopted in plenary session, either by the CoR itself or by the European Parliament, does not have any binding character.
“Within the European sphere, we will work not only to spread the reality experienced in Spain, but also to ask that the European institutions assume their responsibility and commitment as defenders of the fundamental principle of equality of European citizens,” he said. the president of Andalusia.
In this sense, Moreno recalled that the European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, also can “require” the member countries to “correct certain policies that are against the fundamental principles of the Union.”
We took the initiative. Sánchez’s agreements with a fugitive from Justice violate the spirit of equality and unity in Europe and break the separation of powers. This is how we transfer it to European institutions.
Tomamos la iniciativa. Los acuerdos de Sánchez con un prófugo de la Justicia vulneran el espíritu de igualdad y solidaridad de Europa y rompen la separación de poderes. Así lo trasladamos a las instituciones europeas.
Confío en que prevalezcan los valores de la Unión Europea. pic.twitter.com/u8AJXTFVUz
— Juanma Moreno (@JuanMa_Moreno) November 22, 2023
The popular leader emphasized that the amnesty bill has generated “an unprecedented reaction from the entire Rule of Law” in Spain, with protests by judges and prosecutors, and also a condemnation on a social level, made clear by the demonstrations in recent days.
Moreno assured that the PP acts as a “channel” so that the social mobilization against the amnesty “can be peaceful and civic in the streets,” after days of police incidents in the daily protests that took place in front of the PP. PSOE in Madrid has taken over by far-right sectors.