The final POCTEFA Navarrefa event 'Opportunities for cross-border cooperation' brought together representatives of the 70 Interreg POCTEFA projects that have been carried out in Navarre between 2014 and 2020 on 28 and 29 October 2021 at the Baluarte Conference Centre-Auditorium of Navarre. This not only made visible and communicated the achievements obtained; it also sought to link the work carried out with people, authorities and local groups to achieve the strategic objectives reflected in Interreg POCTEFA.
The event is an initiative of the Navarrefa forum of the Directorate-General for External Action, which aims to strengthen ties in Navarre between the agents of POCTEFA (Operational Programme for Territorial Cooperation INTERREG V-A Spain-France-Andorra).
The event was presented by the Councillor for Citizen Relations, Ana Ollo, and the Director of the Working Community of the Pyrenees, Jean Louis Valls. Authorities from the European Commission and the Spanish Government also took part in this first day to explain the keys to the future POCTEFA 2021-2027 operational programme. Specifically, Slawomir Tokarski, Director General for Regional and Urban Policy, spoke on behalf of the Commission, and Carmen Hernández, Deputy Director General for European Territorial Cooperation of the Ministry of Finance and Public Function (Spanish National Authority POCTEFA), spoke on behalf of the Spanish Government.
During the event, detailed information on all the projects of this period was also provided by means of an exhibition on the ground floor of the Baluarte, with the presence of the OPCC-ADAPYR project. The posters on the OPCC-ADAPYR project stand showed the Pyrenean Climate Change Strategy (EPiCC), which will be presented in December. This plan is the result of a long participatory process and focuses on cross-border action to adapt to climate change in the Pyrenean massif, also integrating some mitigation actions. The attendees had the opportunity to read the draft EPiCC and make their comments or contributions through the form provided by the Pyrenean Climate Change Observatory (OPCC) for public consultation.
The day of the 29th was reserved for the presentation of the 70 projects for the 2014-2020 period. In this space, the first results of the OPCC-ADAPYR project were introduced in the observation, capitalisation and transfer actions, highlighting the usefulness and importance of the tools developed for the achievement of a major challenge in the coming years: their implementation and application in the territories of the Pyrenean massif.