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State Secretary for EU addresses opportunities tied into green and digital transitions with Danish counterpart

​The State Secretary for the European Union, Juan González-Barba, received the State Secretary for the EU and the Arctic of Denmark, Carsten Grønbech-Jensen, in Madrid. After reviewing the European agenda, they both highlighted the potential for cooperation between our companies which are leaders in such fields as renewable energies, with a view to the dual green and digital transitions that will be boosted under the Next Generation EU funds.

09/07/2021
The visit provided a good opportunity to resume contact between the two countries at a State secretary level. Juan González-Barba underlined the excellent state of relations between Spain and Denmark. The State secretaries addressed the sound progress of the vaccination campaigns in both countries. Vaccines have been key in significantly reducing the number of hospital admissions and consequently the return of a great many measures that were previously in place. Together with the EU Digital COVID Certificate, they have meant this summer’s tourism season could be safely launched.

The State secretaries then went on to discuss the European agenda. Juan González-Barba conveyed Spain’s initiatives within the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe and the model of public consultations, which will pay close attention to collaboration with regional governments and cities. Spain and Denmark decisively support this Conference, which will give citizens a voice at a particularly important time for the EU.

They also addressed other issues that will be discussed at an EU level over the coming months, such as the situation of the rule of law, the implementation of the Next Generation EU funds, the opportunities tied into the green and digital transitions, the reflection on strategic autonomy, the negotiation of the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the ratification of the trade agreement with MERCOSUR, the enlargement of the EU and relations with Turkey.

Juan González-Barba thanked State Secretary Grønbech-Jensen for visiting Madrid, and expressed his interest in travelling to Copenhagen in the near future to continue talks on the many aspects of the European agenda on which our two countries share pro-European and constructive visions.


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