Portugal and Spain conclude strategy document for cross-border development

in News · 30-08-2020 20:00:00 · 5 Comments

Portugal and Spain have concluded a document on the Common Strategy for Cross-border Development, which includes measures for mobility, economic and social development and the environment, the Secretary of State for the Enhancement of the Interior told Lusa.

The document was finalised in a meeting held in the Spanish city of Zamora between the Secretary of State for the Enhancement of the Interior, Isabel Ferreira, and Elena Cebrián, her Spanish counterpart.

Speaking to Lusa agency, Isabel Ferreira explained that the document, which will be presented during the next Luso-Spanish summit, to be held on 2 October in the Portuguese city of Guarda, is based on five strategic axes.

According to the leader, the five axes are related to cross-border mobility, improvement of infrastructures and territorial connectivity, coordination of basic services, economic development and innovation and environment, energy and culture.

Regarding mobility, Isabel Ferreira explained that these measures are "very focused on cross-border workers" and on "eliminating context costs".

The second infrastructure axis includes measures related to road and rail communication routes and Internet and mobile network issues in border territories.

The third axis covers issues of joint coordination of basic services such as Health, Education, Social Services and Civil Protection.

Economic development and territorial innovation are part of the fourth strategic axis and includes measures for "attracting people, businesses and new activities and dynamics".

The fifth axis contemplates measures for the Environment, Energy, Urban Centres and Culture.

"For the first time, we are here assuming a long-term strategy for the border territories. We have to look at this border as a territory of opportunity for socio-economic development and internationalisation and an Iberian market that itself gains a greater centrality in what is the European context," she said.


Comments:

Spain Has Been In The 'Wrong' Time Zone For 7 Decades

By Luso Brit from Madeira on 01-09-2020 08:09

PORTUGAL IS JUST WAKING UP. THESE MEASURES SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR A VERY LONG TIME. NO WONDER THE ECONOMY IS VERY POOR AS COLONIAL MASTER. YOUR ENERGY IS GENERATED IN SPAIN AND YET YOU REFUSED TO LOOK BEYOND THAT FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR ECONOMY. PORTUGAL MUST EMBRACE OTHER GREAT NATIONS AS TO COME UP ECONOMICALLY. NATIONS LIKE UK, GERMANY AND OTHERS. PROBABLY FORGET ABOUT FRANCE THAT IS TOO SELFISH TO ACCOMMODATE OTHERS ECONOMICALLY. BRAVO BUT THERE IS A LOT TO CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY, IT IS LAGGING BEHIND DUE TO USELESS LAWS THAT INHIBIT FREE ENTERPRISES.

By PRINCE AWODIKE from Lisbon on 01-09-2020 05:53

It's not Portugal that has the issue. Spain and Portugal had the same time zone until the 1930s when Spain changed to be inline with Germany as Spain was doing a lot of trade with Germany at that time. Spain have been considering changing back and debated the matter in Parliament a couple of years ago. But more generally time zones are to do with latitude and the degree west of the Greenwich meridian and nothing to do with Europe. If you look at a map you'll see how far west Spain is compared to France and Germany, the GM is somewhere near Barcelona. And Greece for eg. is 2 hours ahead of Uk

By Chris Chapman from UK on 31-08-2020 02:30

Dit lijkt een positieve stap, in de goede richting. Wij wonen nu 1 jaar in t prachtige Serra da Estrela gebergte, waar wij een grondstuk hebben gekocht, met de wens daar een camping te beginnen, inc. 2 appartementen. We liggen aan de rivier en op loopafstand van vila Cova ons dorpje, waar Olimpia ( Portugese, die 20 jaar in Duitsland heeft gewoond, en is teruggekeerd) graag een supermarkt wil openen. Je zou denken 2 vliegen in één klap, en een uitkomst voor t dorp, en omgeving. De locale horeca, de schoonheidssalon / kapper die er nog zit, en werkgelegenheid voor de locals. Helaas is de realiteit zo anders, Portugal zegt mensen te willen aantrekken met nieuwe ideeën, maar doet alles om mensen tot wanhoop te drijven in een bureaucratische rompslomp van regels die niemand kan verklaren, en die vooral niet bijdragen aan de opbouw en ontwikkeling van Portugal. Het zou fantastisch zijn als hier verandering in zou komen.

By Linde ten Dam from Other on 31-08-2020 02:28

Having the same time zones would also be useful.why portugal, in europe has uk time seems totally illogical

By Fred Hodges from Algarve on 31-08-2020 10:52
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