Salvador Navarro, president of the Valencian Community Business Confederation (CEV), valued the RePower EU plan to achieve full energy independence from Russia by 2027 and agreed on the double urgency of ending energy dependence. EU on tackling the Russian fossil fuels and energy crisis. But he also denounced it in the presence of Cristina Lobillo, director of energy policy at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy. “Extreme pressure” that gas-intensive industries have been subjected to since the pre-pandemic periodand the lack of substitute technology, which complicates the transition for some industries to cleaner energies.
This was revealed at the meeting that opened the agenda for CEV’s corporate visit to Brussels, which was attended by socialist MEP Inmaculada Rodríguez Piñero in the European Parliament.
Avoid layoffs and transfer of production to third countries
In this sense, CEV stressed that due to the current situation, the deadlines for 55 Fit, the package of measures initiated by the EU to reduce emissions on the continent by 55% by 2030, should be extended. As well as reducing the pressure to “prevent layoffs and transfers of production to third countries”.
Likewise, at the meeting where Yolanda García Mezquita, vice president of corporate relations and member states, was also present, Salvador Navarro was interested in alternatives for Russian fossil fuels and expressed the Valencia Community “best candidate to invest in renewable energiesHe emphasized that the European Union cannot remain in a secondary position in the struggle for global hegemony after the pandemic, and that it “should be at the forefront”.
Meeting with DG Ticaret
On the other hand, a meeting is planned with María Martín Prat, deputy general director of the General Directorate of Commerce (DG Trade). In this meeting, which will also be attended by CEV Vice Presidents, no border control Causing unfair competition against European companies, especially those operating in the Valencian Community, and affecting above all companies in the agri-food sector. In this sense, CEV will convey the importance of applying the same regulations and requirements that apply to European companies to companies in third countries, and to strengthen quality controls at goods entry points.
A meeting will be held this Tuesday with Bernard Van Goethem and Dorothée André, the heads of the European Commission for Phytosanitary and Crisis Management in Food, Plants and Animals. They will then meet with BusinessEurope General Secretary Markus Beyrer; With Raúl Fuentes, Permanent Ambassador of Spain to the EU, and the program in the European Parliament ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy) ENVI (Environment, Public Health and Food Health), TRAN (Transport and Tourism), AGRI (Agriculture and Rural Development) , EMPL (Employment and Social Affairs) and Valencia MEPs.
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