Next September, Murcia will become the only city in Spain that will host two EU ministerial meetings. Twenty other Spanish cities have hosted summits of this kind, but Murcia, along with Toledo, is the only city where the event lasts three days.
The mayor of Murcia, José Ballesta, appeared after a meeting of the local government council, where it was agreed between the city council and the Spanish Presidency of the European Union to celebrate in the city the European Councils of the Public. Affairs and Coherence Policies.
The two summits that will be held in Murcia on September 27, 28 and 29It will bring together all the foreign ministers of the 27 member states in the first meeting, as well as all the heads of finance and cohesion in the second meeting.
This European summit, for which the city council ceded the municipal buildings of the artillery barracks and the Almodi Palace, will be the culmination of a “feverish” September for the city of Murcia, according to Jose Ballesta. This busy month will begin next week with the start of the Expo, which will be followed by the Endesa Basketball Super Cup (September 16-17). “Murcia is regaining its splendor and throughout the month it will be the capital of entertainment, sports and diplomacy,” says the Mayor of Murcia.
With regard to the ministerial meetings, Jose Ballista confirmed that they will bring together more than 200 representatives from the 27 member states of the European Unionbetween ministers, secretaries of state, delegates and officials, who constituteThe largest gathering of international leaders in the history of our city..
Topics to be addressed by the Ministers
The ministers will tackle issues of vital importance, such as the European response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The possibility of more countries entering the Unionincluding Ukraine itself, or Distribution of cohesion funds, “this vital tool for the development of the countries of the European Union and of MurciaBallesta noted that Murcia has received more than 50 million euros of this money, which has been invested in the rehabilitation of the old prison, the artillery barracks, the renovated Alfonso X El Sabio Park, in Murcia Rio, the smart city or part of the city. mobility projects. All of these investments will be visited by the Portuguese Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferrero.
The European Union’s relations with the United Kingdom after Britain’s exit from the European Union, and the Association Agreements between Monaco, San Marino, Andorra and Switzerland, will also be discussed, and the protection of European values, democracy and the rule of law will be discussed.
“Murcia will become a center for high-level decisions and we will have a great opportunity for the whole world to get to know our city,” said the mayor, who announced that he would convene an extraordinary council next Thursday, August 31. Spokespersons to inform the event to the political groups represented at City Hall. “We have a unique opportunity to put Murcia where it deserves and I assure you, we will not miss it,” said José Ballesta. The program of the European Summit includes a reception in the Murcia City Hall, a corporate event with a cocktail in the plenary hall and a cultural tour of the city.
The same is true during the days that the European Summit continues in Murcia It will be protected with maximum security measures. In this sense, Ballista offered that in the next few days the local security council would meet to coordinate the apparatus.
Endesa Super Cup
On the other hand, the mayor noted that the city of Murcia will host the celebration of the Endesa Basketball Super Cup at Los Deportes Palace, on September 16 and 17. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Onicaja Malaga and Occam Murcia will compete for the first official title of the season. During those days, “Murcia will be the center of attention of basketball fans,” Ballesta stressed, because the Endesa Super Cup is the most important competition taking place worldwide this weekend, as neither the European leagues nor the NBA have started.
The economic repercussions for Murcia from this event, according to the Consistory of Murcia’s calculations, amount to €2.5 million. Of the total amount, €500,000 was made available for the accommodation of athletes, coaches, referees, technicians and fans; 700 thousand euros for the hospitality sector, 400 thousand euros for purchases in shops, and 250 thousand euros for transportation. The remainder, around 750,000 euros, will be linked to the promotion of the sporting event and its dissemination in national and international media and social networks. “The most important thing is that 70% of this amount will be contributed by fans from outside the Murcia region,” says the mayor.
On the other hand, the council will organize a fan area that will be installed in the circular arena (September 9 and 16), and a space for demonstrations and competitions in which players will be present and some activities related to the world of sports. organized.
For this event, the Palacio de Deportes de Murcia underwent a comprehensive intervention. “The most important thing is that this investment makes it possible to transform the Palacio de Deportes into a first-class sports venue,” Ballesta stressed. Among the investments highlighted are new video scoreboards, new lighting and sound equipment or new seats and track redesign.
Finally, the Board of Directors approved the program for the September 2023 exhibition, which begins on Thursday, August 31 with the descent of the Virgen de la Fuensanta, the opening of the Huertos del Malecón and the exhibition in the farm premises. Next Monday, the program will be presented by Mayor José Ballista and Councilor of Culture and Identity Diego Aviles. The announcement will take place on the first day and it will be announced by Diego Cantero in Plaza del Romea.