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Partnership in action: EU Outermost Regions present investment and growth plans for 2014-20 to European Commission

(25 June 2013)

Partnership in action: EU Outermost Regions present investment and growth plans for 2014-20 to European Commission

Addressing the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Outermost Regions as they presented their actions plans for 2014-20 in Brussels today, Commissioner Hahn said: "We should talk of challenges which can become assets, advantages - the aim is making each of the outermost regions self-sufficient.  Of course your regions will always face particular challenges and we should respond to that but the best way to support your regions is through smart ideas to boost your economies - that will make them independent and not reliant on subsidies".

 

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.

More information in the press release

 Video with opening remarks by Commissioner Hahn

Video of the press conference