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12 The Portugal News • 19 Sep 2020                                 News


      Investment in border regions required



      Spanish and Portuguese MEPs have approved a document asking the two Iberian governments to take action at the next
      Luso-Spanish summit to develop cross-border regions, taking advantage of European funds.

                                                                                              based on the Multiannual     affection that unites us all”.
                                                                                              Financial Framework 2021/2027  “In the parliamentary dimension
                                                                                              and the Plan for Recovery and  of this relationship, the forum has
                                                                                              Resilience.                  always been a space of dialogue,
                                                                                              In her brief speech at the closing  of understanding and also of
                                                                                              session, the President of the  willingness to act,” he said.
                                                                                              Spanish Congress of Deputies,  From the point of view of Ferro
                                                                                              Catalan Socialist Meritxell Batet,  Rodrigues, Portugal and Spain
                                                                                              argued that institutional    are faced with a common
                                                                                              cooperation between the two  problem, the desertification of
                                                                                              countries should not be limited to  the interior, with both countries
                                                                                              their respective governments  experiencing “an aging
                                                                                              and stressed the importance of  population, erosion of economic
                                                                                              parliaments as “pluralist” bodies  activity, emptying of public and
                                                                                              of sovereignty.              social services” all factors that
                                                                                              In the same vein, the President of  “create imbalances that weaken
                                                                                              the Portuguese Parliament,   the affected regions and
                                                                                              Ferro Rodrigues, noted that even  collective welfare.
                                                                                              in the context of the Covid-19  “The implementation of the
                                                                                              pandemic, dialogue between the  common strategy for territorial
                                                                                              parliaments of Portugal and  development between Portugal
                                                                                              Spain had been “consolidated”.  and Spain is of the utmost
                                                                                              In the speech that opened the VIII  importance. Mobility, transport,
                                                                                              Portuguese-Spanish           energy or the environment are all
                                                                                              Parliamentary Forum - which  areas that clearly benefit greatly
       The Portuguese and Spanish parliamentarians promise to deepen the relationship between their
       The Portuguese and Spanish parliamentarians promise to deepen the relationship between their
       The Portuguese and Spanish parliamentarians promise to deepen the relationship between their
       The Portuguese and Spanish parliamentarians promise to deepen the relationship between their
       The Portuguese and Spanish parliamentarians promise to deepen the relationship between their  preceded that of the President of  from our joint action.
       parliamentary institutions, “through the creation of more flexible structures”
       parliamentary institutions, “through the creation of more flexible structures”
       parliamentary institutions, “through the creation of more flexible structures”
       parliamentary institutions, “through the creation of more flexible structures”
       parliamentary institutions, “through the creation of more flexible structures”         the Congress of Deputies of  Undoubtedly, this needs the
                                                                                              Spain, Meritxell Batet ,- Ferro  impetus of the central powers of
             he document is the     Assembly of the Republic, and  parliamentarians promise to  Rodrigues argued that      both states,” he said.
             result of the VIII     which is intended to make a  deepen the relationship between  “friendship, coexistence and  Ferro Rodrigues also advocated
             Portuguese-Spanish     “contribution” to the work of the  their parliamentary institutions,  even complicity between  that Portugal and Spain should
      TParliamentary Forum,         next summit of Portuguese-   “through the creation of more  Portugal and Spain, are not  fight forest fires, defend
      which brought together dozens  Spanish governments, to be held  flexible structures”, and advocate  limited to government-to-  biodiversity, fight climate change
      of parliamentarians from      in Guarda on 2 October.      giving priority to cooperation  government relations: They are  and defend environmental
      Portugal and Spain in the     The Portuguese and Spanish   between border territories,  the expression of the reciprocal  quality”.
                                                                                Record breaking Azores water quality
                                                                               In 2019, the Azores recorded 99.02 percent on the “safe water” indicator,
                                                                                In 2019, the Azores recorded 99.02 percent on the “safe water” indicator,
                                                                               In 2019, the Azores recorded 99.02 percent on the “safe water” indicator,
                                                                                In 2019, the Azores recorded 99.02 percent on the “safe water” indicator,
                                                                                In 2019, the Azores recorded 99.02 percent on the “safe water” indicator,
                                                                                the highest value observed in the region in the last 10 years with regard to
                                                                                the highest value observed in the region in the last 10 years with regard to
                                                                                the highest value observed in the region in the last 10 years with regard to
                                                                               the highest value observed in the region in the last 10 years with regard to
                                                                               the highest value observed in the region in the last 10 years with regard to
                                                                                the quality of water for human consumption.
                                                                               the quality of water for human consumption.
                                                                                the quality of water for human consumption.
                                                                               the quality of water for human consumption.
                                                                                the quality of water for human consumption.



                                                                                Water quality
                                                                               Water quality
                                                                               Water quality
                                                                                Water quality
                                                                                Water quality
                                                                                for human
                                                                                for human
                                                                               for human
                                                                               for human
                                                                                for human
                                                                                consumption
                                                                                consumption
                                                                                consumption
                                                                               consumption
                                                                               consumption
                                                                                in the Azores
                                                                                in the Azores
                                                                                in the Azores
                                                                               in the Azores
                                                                               in the Azores
                                                                                is at its
                                                                                is at its
                                                                                is at its
                                                                               is at its
                                                                               is at its
                                                                                highest level
                                                                                highest level
                                                                                highest level
                                                                               highest level
                                                                               highest level
                                                                               for the past
                                                                                for the past
                                                                               for the past
                                                                                for the past
                                                                                for the past
                                                                               decade
                                                                               decade
                                                                                decade
                                                                                decade
                                                                                decade
                                                                                 The data were released by the Azores  This year ERSARA awarded the “Seal of
                                                                                Water and Waste Services Regulatory  Water Quality for Human Consumption” to
                                                                                Authority (ERSARA), the Regional    the Lagoa, Ribeira Grande and São Roque
                                                                                Government of the Azores said in a press  do Pico municipal councils, as well as to
                                                                                release, in which it stressed that “the  the municipal company Praia Ambiente, of
                                                                                Azores have been experiencing a trend in  Praia da Vitória, the Municipal Services
                                                                                the improvement of the quality of water for  (SM) of Angra do Heroísmo and the
                                                                                human consumption over recent years”.  Municipal Services of Water and Sanitation
                                                                                 In 2019, “full compliance with the  (SMAS) of Ponta Delgada.
                                                                                regulatory sampling frequency” was    “In the remaining municipalities, and
                                                                                maintained and there was “a slight  despite not obtaining this distinction, the
                                                                                increase in compliance with the     water is, in general, of the highest quality
                                                                                parametric values, compared to the  at a national level, not presenting any risk
                                                                                previous year”.                     to public health”, adds the press release.
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