Queen of Spain learns about Libya initiative

June 11, 2018
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Queen Letizia of Spain is now well informed about the efforts of the European Committee of the Regions to help cities in Libya, after she visited the CoR’s stand at the European Development Days on 5 May.

She spoke at length with two Spanish members of the CoR, and met other members of the delegation. Manuel Alonso Pleguezuelo (ES/EPP) explained the efforts by his region, Murcia, to help Libyan municipalities deal with water management, as part of Nicosia initiative launched by the CoR. Jesús Gamallo Aller (ES/ EPP) of Galicia, the CoR’s rapporteur on the New European Consensus on Development, had a chance to talk about city-to-city and region-to-region development cooperation, a phenomenon that is well developed in Spain.

Mr Pleguezuelo also told the queen about Murcia’s pursuit of gender equality and its use of EU funding to end gender violence. The Queen also heard about efforts to end violence against women.

On the other hand, Mary Freehill (IE/PES), an ARLEM rapporteur and Dublin city council, spoke at a panel on promoting female leadership in the Maghreb.


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