On the last week of June, CAAC travelled to A Coruña, an important historic port which is situated on the northwest coast of the Iberian Peninsula. It has more than 250,000 inhabitants in its urban center and 500,000 in its area of influence. The city has been member of CAAC since its foundation in 2000.
In a context of negotiation on the future of Cohesion Policy, the enhancement of the added-value of territorial cooperation must become the core at political, institutional, economic and socio-cultural levels. From this perspective, CECICN, a platform of urban networks where CAAC actively participates, has recently organized the First Congress on Smart Cooperation in A Coruña, Spain. The meeting aimed to set concrete messages, about why cooperation is the key to achieve Europe 2020 and Single Market goals, to be sent to EU Institutions involved in the process of approval of the new regulations.
In this context, CAAC was represented by M. Charles Nicol, CAAC Secretary-General and Ms. Tamara Guirao coordinator, Brest Métropole Océane (Ms. Anne Marie Cabon and M. Gildas Borel) and Angoulême (Ms. Marion Maurel and M. Boris Lejolly). The delegation was warmly received on the 25th by Ms. María Luisa Cid Castro Deputy Mayor of A Coruña, so as to discuss about how cooperation should be strengthened within the Atlantic Arc while promoting efficiently smart cooperation at National and European level. In this framework, last June 26, CAAC representatives met at A Coruña Council to exchange about challenges around the integrated Atlantic Strategy, so as to channel cooperation between CAAC members.