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Commissioner Hahn attends annual Conference of Presidents of the EU's Outermost Regions in the Azores


European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, will today attend the 18th Conference of Presidents of the EU's Outermost Regions, hosted by Carlos Cesar, President of the Regional Government of Azores (Portugal), and current chair of the group of eight outermost regions (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, the overseas Collectivity of St Martin, the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands). The governments of Spain, Portugal and France will be represented at the conference, as well as the Cyprus Presidency of the EU.Mayotte, which will gain outermost region status in 2014 and the Prime Minister of Cape Verde will also participate.

Commenting ahead of the conference, Commissioner Hahn said, "The European Commission is already hard at work implementing our recent proposals to step up jobs and growth in the outermost regions. Every region is different and we believe each one needs to devise a plan to maximise its own special assets – to modernise traditional sectors and diversify into new ones. We will work together to maximise the benefit each region can derive from EU policies and programmes, to help achieve the objects that have been set".

Commissioner Hahn will embark on a 3-day tour of the islands of the Azores to be followed on this website (starting in Sao Miguel and continuing to Faial, Pico, Flores and Corvo), visiting projects co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), such as: The Escola de Formação Turística e Hoteleira on Sao Miguel - School of Tourism and Hospitality Training (EFTH), Pico Vermelho Geothermal Plant (Sao Miguel Island ,Ribeira Grande) and Corvo island's Air Traffic Control Tower.

For more information, see the press release (in English).