Kick-off of the Outermost Regions Forum with Commissioners Ferreira, Breton and Sinkevičius

(Tabrez Syed, Unpalash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.


Commissioners Ferreira, Sinkevičius and Breton will participate to the Outermost Regions Forum that will take place on 12, 13 and 14 October 2020 in a fully virtual mode under the headline “Together for a sustainable future”.

The Forum will take stock of the unprecedented challenging situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and its strong socio-economic impact on the nine EU outermost regions and discuss recovery solutions for a targeted response to the crisis. In line with the European Green Deal, the Forum will focus, in particular, on climate action and biodiversity, circular economy and blue economy as key areas for the recovery of these regions.

The Outermost Regions Forum is a high-level, multi-stakeholder event hosted every three years by the Commissioner responsible for cohesion policy. It brings together the Presidents of the outermost regions, the Ministers/Secretaries of State of their three Member States and of the Council Presidency, high-level representatives of the European institutions and experts interested in learning from the experience of these EU regions.

Ahead of the Forum, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “The Commission as a whole is strongly committed to providing tailor-made support to the outermost regions across its various policies. I am deeply concerned about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on these remote regions, which were hit particularly hard, especially in the transport and tourism sectors. This is why I am keen to discuss how to support these regions’ recovery within our dedicated strategy, which remains fully valid and allows us to adapt our measures to the unprecedented situation and help to bring much needed growth and jobs to these regions”.

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, highlighted the importance of seizing all available means to boost outermost regions’ economic recovery: “NextGenerationEU must benefit those who have been the most affected by the crisis, such as the EU outermost regions. I encourage our outermost regions to seize NextGenerationEU to exploit their unique assets to recover from the crisis stronger and to diversify their economies for a stronger resilience. The outermost regions can count on our support”.

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, added: “Outermost regions have strong natural assets – unique biodiversity, rich renewable energy sources – that they can exploit to recover from the crisis and into the path of a greener and more sustainable economy. I am committed to shape circular economy and biodiversity solutions tailored to the outermost regions, also by enshrining their specificities in our Green Deal actions. In turn, I count on these regions to contribute to our greening efforts by becoming circular economy champions“.

Background

The nine EU outermost regions are Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal) and the Canary Islands (Spain).

Due to the specific challenges that the outermost regions face, the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Article 349 TFEU) provides specific measures to support them, including tailor-made conditions for the application of EU law in these regions and for access to EU programmes.

Scattered across the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean basin, Latin America and the Indian Ocean, the outermost regions provide the EU with unique assets: rich biodiversity, strategic location for space and astrophysics activities, extensive maritime economic zones, and proximity to other continents. In October 2017, the European Commission adopted a Communication for a renewed strategic partnership with the EU outermost regions. The Commission undertook to enshrine their interests and concerns in policy-making – including in EU funds and programmes –  to provide tailor made support and to foster dialogue between all relevant actors.

Two and a half years later, in March 2020, the results of a report on the implementation of the renewed strategic partnership with the EU’s outermost regions showed that this strengthened partnership is a success. Building on the outermost regions’ strongest assets, regional and national actions are now up and running to foster growth in areas such as agriculture, the blue economy, biodiversity and circular economy, energy, research and innovation, employment, education and training, digital accessibility, transport and cooperation with neighbours. The report suggests to focus efforts on addressing climate change, protecting biodiversity, introducing circular economy and boosting renewable energy.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

E-cigars: Improbable ally or enemy in disguise?

How digital can transform healthcare in Asia for millions of people

‘Repeated attacks’ could close down key hospital in eastern Libya, says WHO

What is the evidence on wearing masks to stop COVID-19?

Investors must travel a winding road to net-zero. Here’s a map

OECD: Mind the financial gap that lies ahead

New EU rules ensure better protection for 120 million holidaymakers this summer

Sustainable Development Summit: ‘We must step up our efforts – now’, Guterres declares

Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ for many families, says UN chief

European Commissioner for Youth wants young people to be at heart of policy making

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Nets’ account-to-account payment business by Mastercard, subject to conditions

UN-led Yemen ceasefire monitoring team gets ready to begin operations

DR Congo: Restore internet services as ‘a matter of urgency’, urges UN expert

The cuts on 2014 Budget will divide deeply the EU

President von der Leyen joins the Global Citizen campaign to end COVID-19 and kick start a global recovery

Fed, ECB take positions to face the next global financial crisis; the Brits uncovered

Can privatisation be the panacea for the lack of growth in Europe?

State aid: Commission approves €6 billion Italian schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak

Young people worldwide can ‘determine the future of migration,’ says UN senior official

India is now the world’s 5th largest economy

These are the world’s 10 most competitive economies in 2019

Outbreaks and pandemics periods can be stressful, but how can we turn it to a positive life-changing experience?

New committees begin their work

5 myths about face masks under the microscope

Migration crisis update: mutual actions and solidarity needed as anti-migrant policies thrive

UN rights expert calls for end to ‘purgatory’ of ‘international inaction’ facing Myanmar’s remaining Rohingya

Force used against protestors in Gaza ‘wholly disproportionate’ says UN human rights chief

Sudzha gas metering station at Russian-Ukrainian border (Copyright: Gazprom, 2015 / Gazprom’s website, Media)

Gazprom starts suspending gas contracts with Ukraine as Brussels fears limited transit to Europe

European Commission determined to conclude EU-Mercosur trade deal this year despite French concerns

Coronavirus: here’s what you need to know about face masks

Reasons to hope and reasons to keep perspective on a vaccine

Gaza investigators call on Israel to review ‘rules of engagement’ as Gaza protest anniversary looms

This lethal fungus is threatening to wipe out the world’s bananas

People talk less now than during the Cold War, says Merkel at Davos

European Semester 2018 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States to achieve sustainable, inclusive and long-term growth

Latest leaked TTIP document confirms EU sovereignty may be under threat

EU’s Mogherini visits Turkey “to step up engagement” and highlight interests

Colombia’s former president says COVID-19 shows the importance of listening to indigenous peoples on how we treat the planet

2019 European Elections gets backing from professional footballers

UN chief welcomes Taliban’s temporary truce announcement, encourages all parties to embrace ‘Afghan-owned peace’

Empathic AI could be the next stage in human evolution – if we get it right

Global climate change: consequences for human health in Brazilian cities

The world needs carbon-neutral flying. Here’s how to bring it one step closer

In tech-driven 21st century, achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender divide

Nearly 180,000 displaced by northeast Syria fighting as needs multiply: UN refugee agency

Five years on from ISIL ‘caliphate’ proclamation in Iraq, Security Council makes first-ever visit

5 facts to know about Africa’s powerhouse – Nigeria

Rule of law in Hungary: Parliament should ask Council to act, say committee MEPs

EU mobilises further €15.2 million humanitarian support for food safety, epidemics preparedness and support to people in conflict areas in Latin America and Caribbean

EU deserves the title of the Syrian affair merchandiser

Christine Lagarde: the three priorities for the global economy

COVID-19 shows why we must build trust in digital financial services

‘Alarmingly high’ number of children malnourished worldwide: UNICEF report

More than 3,400 classrooms damaged or destroyed by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, says UN Children’s Fund

WTO deal is within reach to remove harmful fishing subsidies and halt global fish meltdown

Campaign kicks off with High-level Event on #FairInternships

New seat projections for the next European Parliament EU28

Mental health in primary care: a unique therapeutic project

Vienna has the world’s best quality of living

Industrial products: Lifting the last impediments in the EU single market

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s