The 29th Iberian Summit (Cimeira/Cumbre Ibérica):


The 29th Spanish-Portuguese Summit —between the Governments of Spain and Portugal— was held on 29 and 30 May 2017 in Vila-Real (PT).  Both ministerial retinues, led by the Prime Ministers Mariano Rajoy and Antonio Costa, arrived to Matacán Airport in Salamanca (ES), being driven per road until Vega Terrón where they took the ferryboat over the Douro River until Senhora da Ribeira in Portugal. The neighbouring city of Vila Real hosted the meeting and negotiations between both countries’ Cabinets.

Antonio Costa asked the Summit to boost Cross-Border Cooperation: “The border should be a meeting point, and not a separation line”. "We want to shift border regions into centres of a great Iberian marked with 60 million consumers", he twitted.

For the first time, this Summit has focused a specific issue: Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) and, especially, its economic, environmental and infrastructure aspects. Portugal and Spain want to enhance a shared wide regional space, with own coherence and an enormous economic and modernisation potential, due to its centrality in the Iberian Peninsula.

Among main conclusions, we would like to emphasize:

  • Their appreciation of the work implemented by many structures and organizations working in CBC on a daily basis, and the proposal to review the Valencia Treaty (signed by both States in October 2002 to regulate CBC between territorial entities) at the light of the new reality of CBC.
  • Strengthening strategies for sustainable management of cross-border natural resources, especially water basins.
  • Initiate an efficient dialogue to promote a sustainable energy model for the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Coordinate cross-border transport and transport infrastructures in both countries, including especially joint planning of cross-border proximity connections.
  • Tourism cooperation, promoting jointly the Ways of Spirituality, Natural Parks and Enotourism in Portugal and Spain.
  • Exchange of experiences in employment, vocational training, social security and social economy.
  • Strengthening of scientific, technology and academy cooperation.
  • Other measures related to security, civil protection and defence.
  • Commitment with the European project and international organizations, with Latin America and with the North of Africa. 

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