Pedro Sánchez: "There is no better city than Malaga to host Expo 2027"

President's News - 2022.9.26

Moncloa Palace, Madrid

The President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has defended Malaga's candidacy for Expo 2027 with representatives of the evaluation mission from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), with whom he met by videoconference at Moncloa Palace. "There is no better city than Malaga to organise Expo 2027," the president stressed.

The head of the Executive has assured that "Malaga's commitment is solid, appropriate and a true guarantee of success", and has stressed that the Government of Spain guarantees the economic viability of the project, as well as the necessary backing. The candidature has the solid support of all Spanish institutions: the Central Government, the Government of Andalusia, the Provincial Administration and Malaga City Council, through the Expo 2027 Malaga National Committee. It is also an example of public-private partnership and has the support of more than 260 national and international institutions, associations, federations and companies.

Sánchez stressed that Spain's capacity to organise major events "is a true hallmark of our country's identity", with precedents such as the Seville Expo in 1992 and the Zaragoza Expo in 2008, the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992, and the COP25 World Climate Summit in 2019.

The President of the Government of Spain highlighted the fact that the theme chosen for the candidacy, "The urban era: towards the sustainable city", has a direct impact on the values and principles of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, he stressed that the Expo can "contribute to the ecological transition and the promotion of the green economy, which are absolute priorities of the Government of Spain", as evidenced by the fact that 40% of all the resources of the Recovery Plan are earmarked for the transversal axis of sustainability, with the aim of making ecological transition a lever to transform the Spanish economy.

During his speech, Sánchez also stressed that the exhibitions are a very valuable tool for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues of concern to the international community. In this sense, he remarked that the Government of Spain also wants to show the world that cooperation can and must continue to set the global agenda and expressed his conviction that Expo 2027 Malaga will be a "powerful catalyst for strengthening and consolidating political, economic and cultural ties with other countries".

The meeting with the members of the evaluation mission from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) was attended by the Government Spokesperson and Minister for Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, and the Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre.

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