Extracts from the press conference by Danuta Hübner on the EC decision to adopt a new Communication on the outermost regions (OR)

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-059257   Duration: 10:03:35  Lieu:
End production: 22/10/2008   First transmission: 22/10/2008
On 22 October 2008, Danuta Hübner, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, gave a press conference on the EC decision to adopt a new Communication on the outermost regions, in Brussels. The European Commission launched a communication on the seven outermost regions of Europe (the Canary Islands, the Azores, Madeira, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion), requested by the European Council in December 2007. Insularity, remoteness, small size, economic dependence, etc., the recognition of the specific characteristics of the outermost regions has resulted, since 2007, in the adoption of new programs and measures targeted at them. The new strategy seeks to overcome these handicaps while emphasising how Europe can make the most of the special assets that outermost regions offer: their remarkable biodiversity and wealth of marine ecosystems, their geo-strategic impact, their ideal location for experimentation to combat the effects of climate change and high-quality laboratories.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building 00:00:06
10:00:11 General view of the press conference 00:00:08
10:00:19 Soundbite by Danuta Hübner, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy (in ENGLISH) saying that the EC has adopted a renewed strategy for Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, La Réunion, the Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira; this strategy is built on what the EC has done in 2004, when they adopted the first strategy, the document of 2007 and an in-depth consultation process in June preceding the first ever high-level conference that they had in Brussels. 00:00:34
10:00:54 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
10:01:01 Soundbite by Danuta Hübner (in ENGLISH) saying that the handicaps of the EU's outermost regions were recognised by the Treaty of Amsterdam; those handicaps included this remote location, small surface area, dependency of small number of economic activities; the challenges they all faced in Europe in terms of climate change, globalization, energy dependency, migration were much more deeply felt in outermost regions. 00:00:43
10:01:45 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
10:01:52 Soundbite by Danuta Hübner (in ENGLISH) saying that what they propose in this renewed strategy is to do everything to fully exploit all the possibilities that they already have presented for 2007-13; it includes a 7,8 billion euros of investment through all the policies not only regional, but also agricultural and fishery; they also need to promote a better use of the opportunities offered by the Seventh Framework Programme, for research and development programs for long life learning, for training education and culture; they are all underexploited in the outermost regions, and they will be working together to make those opportunities and policies offered by the European policies and program fully used; they were also in the process of launching studies on migration, demography, climate change, biodiversity and marine environment to better understand this specific impact on the economic and social cohesion of the new challenges in those regions, but also to better understand what potential they have there; they had also committed themselves to promote a competitive agricultural sector, based on high quality products, they will offer start-up and investments assistance to young farmers. 00:01:36
10:03:28 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
10:03:35 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:06
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