During this week, Murcia has brought together the informal ministerial meetings of the Council for General Affairs and Cohesion Policies of the European Union. A historic meeting for the city that has involved a significant volume of visitors and a large-scale deployment of security and transportation to be able to attend an event of this level.
The strong security measures, in a device designed by the Government of Spain, have had the participation of more than 1,300 members of the National Police who have been deployed throughout the city and have had the collaboration of the Local Police, the service Fire Fighting and Rescue Service (SEIS) and Civil Protection troops.
This device has been in charge of guaranteeing the security of the 60 ministers, secretaries of State and ambassadors of the 27 Member States, as well as various authorities of the European Commission who have debated for two days at the Murcia Artillery Barracks on relevant issues such as the future enlargement of the European Union and the new criteria for the distribution of funds that will prevail from 2027.
The meeting in the capital of the Region, framed within the Spanish Presidency of the EU, has served as preparation for the informal meeting of heads of State and Government that will take place in Granada next October.
The number of attendees at these European meetings has been notable and has been reflected in the hotel occupancy rate, which this week reached 92% occupancy according to data provided by the Murcia Hotel Association (ASHOMUR).
The Murcia City Council has offered a reception to the 27 European delegations that has included an institutional event in the Plenary Hall of the City Council, where the mayor, José Ballesta, was present; the Minister of the Presidency and Foreign Action, Marcos Ortuño; and the Secretary of State of the European Union, Pascual Navarro. After this event, the ministers took a tour of the historic center of the city, which ended with a dinner at the Almudí Palace.
Among the authorities who have participated in these meetings, the vice president of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, stands out; the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi; the director general of the General Secretariat of the European Council, Didier Seeuws; and the Foreign Ministers of Spain, José Manuel Albares; France; Laurence Boone; Germany, Anna Lührmann; Austria, Karoline Edtstadler; Sweden, Jessika Roswall; Belgium, Hadja Lahbib; Ireland, Peter Buke; Czech Republic, Martin Dvořák; Hungary, Janos Boka; and Finland, Anders Adlercreutz.
Regarding the Cohesion Policies Council, held this Friday the 29th, the Secretaries of State for Budgets and Expenses, María José Gualda, attended, representing the Government of Spain; and from the Treasury, Jesús Gascón, as well as the European Commissioner for Cohesion Policies and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira; the president of the Committee of the Regions, Vasco Alves Cordeiro; the vice president of the European Investment Bank (EIB), Lilyana Pavlova; and the Ministers of Finance of Portugal, Mariana Vieira; Slovakia, Peter Balik; Romania, Adrian Câciu; Hungary, Tibor Navracsics; and Estonia, Mart Võrklaev, among others.