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The Canary Islands will submit the conclusions of the Conecta conference to the European Committee of the Regions

The Parliament of the Canary Islands will prepare a document with the main conclusions Connect Canary Islands-Europe Conference on migration, asylum and European cohesion policy, which will be presented to the European Committee of the Regions and the Conference of Regional Legislative Assemblies of Europe (CALRE).

This was announced by the President of the Regional Chamber, Astrid Pérez, this Thursday at the end of the conference, announcing that there will be further editions of this forum, which she described as fruitful after the participation of more than 50 speakers and protagonists. and 14 hours of interventions.

With this, Pérez confirmed the regional parliament’s commitment to defending human rights “regardless of skin color, place of origin or circumstances and socio-economic position,” explained the president.

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He also summarized the main conclusions of the conference and called for more financial support for the outermost regions. He also highlighted the difficulties faced by the Canary Islands in supporting and caring for the 2,700 unaccompanied minors under the supervision of the regional government.

Likewise, he considered it “essential” to comply with some of the demands of the conference participants, such as that of MEP López Aguilar regarding the implementation of a European rescue and rescue mechanism.

Astrid Pérez has also argued for a more flexible policy of transfers to the peninsula and the rest of Europe, suggesting that immigration could also serve as a solution to a depleted Spain.

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In this sense, he added that the Canary Islands cannot become a permanent host site and stressed that the islands must act as a humanitarian platform to address the global challenge of migration.

Regarding European issues and cohesion policy, the President of the Parliament of the Canary Islands has advocated better inclusion and integration of the outermost regions in European regulations, while maintaining specific investments for these regions in the budgetary framework and co-financing rates.

“We must work together to adapt European priorities to the Canary Islands reality with more resources,” said Pérez, who expressed the need to “move on” in opening up Parliament to society.

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