Marco Aguiriano represents Spain at the Friends of Cohesion summit in Prague

​The State Secretary for the European Union (SEUE), Marco Aguiriano, travelled to Prague to participate in the meeting of the countries composing the “Friends of Cohesion” group. This meeting, hosted by the Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, was attended by the Prime Ministers of Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as Ministers and other government representatives from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and the European Commission, represented by Commissioner Günther Oettinger.
This summit addressed the importance of cohesion policy in the negotiations relating to the new 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). In this regard, State Secretary Aguiriano recalled, on the one hand, that cohesion has contributed decisively to the development of the Union, becoming the main instrument of intra-European cooperation. On the other hand, he pointed out that the financial framework is a privileged means to meet the environment protection goals, drive grow, enhance competitiveness and guarantee the creation of sustainable employment. Likewise, he defended "a cohesion policy as a cornerstone in European integration, which is essential to promote convergence and competitiveness in all regions” and pointed out that "an efficient policy requires not only sufficient resources, but also guarantees that these can be used where investment is needed for the development of the different regions, without any of them being left behind".

Spain, from its constructive and European-oriented approach, attends this summit with the aim of advancing positions in the MFF negotiations. In this regard, Marco Aguiriano has highlighted the need to preserve within the budgetary framework those policies that have brought good results to the Union, such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) or the aforementioned cohesion policy, while opting for new policies that allow to address challenges such as the climate emergency, migratory flows or the digital agenda securely. The State Secretary declared that this will require an ambitious budget that must be approved as soon as possible.

In addition to his participation in the summit, the SEUE had a full bilateral agenda yesterday, when he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, T. Petricek; the State Secretary for European Affairs of the Government Office, Mrs M. Hrdinková; the State Secretary for Europe, A. Chmelar; the Director of International Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic, R. Jindrak; and the Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Group of Friendship with Spain and of the EU Affairs Commission of the Congress, O. Benesik. In these meetings, the excellent Spanish-Czech relationship has been highlighted and issues of special relevance for both countries have been addressed, such as the migration crisis, the management of Brexit, the strategic priorities of the new European Commission or the defence of the State of Law.





  • 17 Nov @SpainMFA * RT @GlobalSpain: Spanish cinema📽️ is taking home awards across the globe, the Galician🇪🇸 film ‘Fire Will Come’ has won the top award at the…
  • 16 Nov @SpainMFA * RT @GlobalSpain: Spanish artist @rosaliavt took the 20th #LatinGRAMMY Awards by storm, taking home a total of 3 awards including the most c…
  • 16 Nov @SpainMFA * How to register for #COP25 in #Madrid? 📰 Media accreditarion is open until November 25 🔗
  • 15 Nov @SpainMFA * By signing this protocol, #Spain shows its full commitment to the European integration project and its support for…
  • 15 Nov @SpainMFA * The Undersecretary of @SpainMFA, Ángeles Moreno, the City Council of @MADRID, @ComisionEuropea, @parlamentoUE and…
  • 15 Nov @SpainMFA * RT @OECD_Centre: What policies are necessary to advance productive investment and transformation in 🌍 Africa? 🚨 Don't miss the discussions…
  • 15 Nov @SpainMFA * RT @SpainInTheUSA: @SpainMFA Director General for Foreign Policy, Enrique Mora, attended the Global @coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group M…
  • 15 Nov @SpainMFA * 🌐 @MAECgob @ONU_en @CMNUCC @desdelamoncloa @mitecogob briefed the diplomatic corps accredited in Spain about…
  • 15 Nov @SpainMFA * 🇧🇴 Spain welcomes the appointment of Mr. Jean Arnault as the @UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres' Special Envoy…
  • 14 Nov @SpainMFA * The King and Queen of Spain have visited the Plaza de Armas of Old #Havana and the Palacio de los Capitanes General…
  • 14 Nov @SpainMFA * @ACEcultura @EmbEspCuba @JosepBorrellF In collaboration with the @AECID_es and the @museodelprado, @ACEcultura has…
  • 14 Nov @SpainMFA * This year #Havana 🇨🇺 celebrates its 500th anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, @ACEcultura publishes the book…
  • 14 Nov @SpainMFA * RT @UN_Women: There are 14 cabinets in the 🌎 with 50% or more women ministers: 🇪🇸Spain 🇫🇮Finland 🇳🇮Nicaragua 🇸🇪Sweden 🇦🇱Albania 🇷🇼Rwanda 🇨🇦…
  • 14 Nov @SpainMFA * RT @UNFCCC: #Capacitybuilding will be in the spotlight at the @UN #Climate Change Conference #COP25. Join us at the 2nd Capacity-building…
  • 14 Nov @SpainMFA * Sign up now for #COY15 in 📍 #Madrid! ➡️ The Conference of Youth is organized before the…


  • Inscríbete en el Registro de Viajeros
  • Recomendaciones de Viaje
  • Fichas por país
  • Cuenta de Twitter del Ministerio en Inglés
  • Blog del Ministerio
  • Página de Participación Ciudadana
  • Página Portal de Transparencia
  • MAEUEC / Sede Palacio de Santa Cruz
    Plaza de la Provincia, 1
    28012 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEUEC / Sede Palacio de Viana
    Duque de Rivas, 1
    28071 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEUEC / Sede Torres Ágora
    Serrano Galvache, 26
    28033 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
    Avda. Reyes Católicos, 4
    28040 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 583 81 00 / 01
    Fax: 91 583 83 10 / 11
  • Dirección General de Españoles en el Exterior y de Asuntos Consulares
    C/ Pechuán, 1
    28002 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 17 00
Gobierno de España
©Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación
Portal gestionado por la Dirección General de Comunicación e Información Diplomática
Premio Ciudadanía 2016
Premio Ciudadanía 2016