Conference on the Future of Europe, Carcaixent, 30 October 2021

Conveying the message of important events such as the Conference on the Future of Europe to citizens is necessary but first let us start with some context. Carcaixent is a town twinned with towns in Poland, Italy, France, Germany and England.
They hold this type of event for people from these towns who participate in an exchange.
We were able to enjoy presentations by a former MEP, Enrique Guerrero, and a current MEP, Domenech Ruiz. As well as the participation of Lluís Candel, Councilman of Territory, Mobility and Youth of Carcaixent. Also in attendance was María Pérez, secretary of Public Works and
Mobility of the Valencian Community. Finally, Núria Portillo, professor of open data
at UP (Polytechnic University of Valencia). Several European challenges were discussed, such as poverty reduction, citizen distrust in the institution, sustainable transport and the digitalisation of Europe. In the afternoon, Carmen Marqués and Karla Zambrano held a workshop on the European Green Pact
with a series of activities.

The European Union has gone through many phases to arrive at what we know today, from the coal and steel community to the creation of the European Community. Enrique Guerrero, having been an MEP on Spain's entry into the EU, stated that Spain was the country that benefited most from European aid on its entry, nothing would have been possible if Spain had not joined the EU.
Doménec Ruiz, gave a much more up-to-date point of view. The current MEP argues that the EU is a story of victory-failure. It is the continent with the highest quality of life on earth and
despite this, it has a 21% poverty rate. These are very contradictory figures, it makes us rethink
which models we want to follow. The EU is currently losing credibility in the eyes of
civil society, especially for young people. They do not see any possible participation in
the EU for it is seen as an "abstract" organism that governs
member states. In order to transform the economy, tax havens should be eliminated, as this would increase revenue for public budgets.
As for transport, it is necessary to reduce our daily movement, but
to obtain quality public transport, people must be able to afford it. This was stated by Lluís Candel, who believes that the greatest challenge is to make being sustainable affordable for everyone.
Speaking of transport, it represents 5% of Spain's GDP and the employability of 10 million people.
These are some of the data that María Pérez communicated to us. The challenge is to promote it
as an engine of growth, reducing its impact. Another very interesting challenge is how to create a city efficiently interconnected by public transport, reducing pollution. All citizens should be able to travel everywhere without polluting. To create a digital Europe, it is necessary that everyone has access to information, Núria explained all kinds of methods to
create a Europe with easy access to information so that all citizens know what measures, initiatives and aid are carried out in the EU.

The European Climate Pact is the governing body of the environment in the European Union. By 2030, the EU has set the goal of reducing emissions by 55% and by 2050 to achieve economic growth that is decoupled from resource depletion
. This is how Carmen Marqués and Karla Zambrano conveyed how Europe sees itself in 10 and 30 years' time. Carmen Marqués praised the European climate law as the tool that will make achieving these objectives a reality.
The EU is positioning itself as a world leader in the fight against climate change, with its great involvement in the COP26, in the Paris agreement... Karla also spoke about how we can reduce consumption and an observation that I really liked was the following: "we all love tomatoes, but we cannot eat them all year round". Not eating fruit and vegetables out of season
is a perfect example of reducing consumption and supporting the non-over
exploitation of agricultural resources. Finally, there was an activity that consisted of
making groups and coming up with four words related to climate change, from which
some very interesting ideas arose.

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