The EU Outermost Regions present their individual strategy for the next 2014-2020 programming periodJune 25, 2013
Funding Scheme: 2013-06-25
Pgm2014 2020: Yes
For the first time, the Outermost Regions (the Azores, the Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Madeira, Martinique, La Réunion and St Martin) have to present to the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy their strategic growth plans. They must define their characteristics and strengths they want to capitalize to modernize their economies and they also have to present the way they plan to use EU structural funds and indicate which EU policies and others funds can contribute to their development.
The Action Plans were requested by the Commission one year ago in the communication: “The Outermost regions of the European Union: towards a partnership for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”.
The strategies are toolkits for 2014-2020: not only in the use of Structural Funds, but how the OR can benefit from EU policies more broadly. They set out the steps to be taken on the regions’ individual paths to fulfilling Europe2020 growth goals, addressing issues such as youth unemployment and boosting local competitiveness. Today’s event will also be attended by representatives from a number of Commission Directorates responsible for Maritime Policy, Employment, Agriculture, Transport, Trade, Development and the Single Market.
Some of the principal themes covered in today’s Action Plans include:
– Improved access to the EU single market – focusing in particular on: Transport networks, people mobility, maritime dimension and infrastructural needs;
– Enhancing Competitiveness through economic modernisation and diversification focussing on agriculture, research & innovation and tourism;
– Better regional geographic integration;
– Social development – job creation, boosting skills and qualifications with a sharp focus on youth, education and employment; and
– Mainstreaming climate change mitigation across all policies.
A press briefing will be held with Commissioner Hahn and the Regional Presidents in the Berlaymont (11th floor) at 16:00. Journalists are also welcome to attend Commissioner Hahn’s opening address at 14:25.
More than EUR 5.9 billion have been allocated to the Outermost Regions for the period 2007-2013 under the Structural Funds. Within this amount, they currently benefit from a specific allocation of EUR 979 million (in 2004 prices) to take into account the specific challenges they face such as remoteness, insularity, small size, difficult topography and climate, and economic dependence on a few products. This special status is laid out in the EU Treaty, article 349.
Url description: European Commission Press