The Future of the Strategy with regard to the Outermost Regions

Conference - Brussels, 14 and 15 May 2008

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Programme

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Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Charlemagne Building, Alcide De Gasperi Room

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13:30 – 14:00 Registration and welcome coffee
14.30 – 18.30

What can we learn from Europe's strategy for the outermost regions? What will be the priorities for the coming years?
In the Chair:  Katarína MATHERNOVÁ, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's Regional Policy DG

14.30 – 15.10 

Opening speech
Danuta HÜBNER, Member of the Commission responsible for regional policypdf
Antoine KARAM, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of the Outermost Regions and President of the Regional Council of French Guiana pdf

15.10 – 15.50

Session 1: What synergies are possible in action to meet the challenges of the Outermost Regions?
Marko STARMAN, Presidency of the European Union, State Secretary for Local Self Government and Regional Policy, Slovenia;pdf
Yves JEGO, State Secretary for Overseas Territories, France;
Manuel LOBO ANTUNES, Deputy Secretary of State for European Affairs, Portugal pdf
Miguel FUERTES SUAREZ, General Director for coordination of internal market and other European policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and cooperation, Spainpdf

15.50 – 16.10 

Open discussion

16.10 – 16.30 Coffee break
16.30 – 18.00

Session 2: How should the strategy develop given the strengths and expectations of the Outermost Regions?
Paulino RIVERO BAUTE, President of the Government of the Canary Islands pdf
Paul VERGES, President of the Regional Council of Réunion
Alfred MARIE-JEANNE, President of the Regional Council of Martiniquepdf
João CUNHA e SILVA, Vice-President of Regional Government of Madeirapdf
Vasco CORDEIRO, Regional Secretary of the Presidency of the Autonomous Government of the Azores
Hilaire BRUDEY, Regional Counsellor, President of the Rural development, agriculture and fisheries commission of the Regional Council of Guadeloupepdf

18.00 – 18.30           Open discussion
18.30 – 20.00 Cocktail

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Thursday, 15 May 2008
Albert Borschette Conference Centre, Rooms 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D

8:30 – 9:00

Reception and coffee

9:00 – 12:30 Parallel thematic workshops
Workshop 1: The challenge of climate change
 

In the Chair: Elisabeth LIPIATOU, Head of Climate Change and Environmental Risks Unit, Research DG, European Commission
Regional perspective

  • Christophe RAT, Director of the Réunion Renewable Energies Agency pdf
  • Fernanda CARDOSO, Regional Director of European Affairs and External Cooperation, Madeirapdf

Experts' perspective

  • Marc GILLET, Director, Observatoire national sur les effets du réchauffement climatique (National Global Warming Observatory), Franceppt
  • Antonio Domingos ABREU, Chairman of the Portuguese Chamber of Biologists, Madèreppt
  • Ignacio Gafo Fernandez, Expert, Canary Islands.ppt

The Community context: experience and prospects

  • Claudia OLAZABAL, Environment DG, European Commissionppt
  • José Ruiz ESPI, Research DG, European Commisisonppt

Open discussion
Workshop secretary: Myriam BOVEDA, Regional Policy DG

Workshop 2: Demographic trends and migratory flows

In the Chair: Peter BOSCH, Head of Immigration and Asylum Unit, Justice, Freedom and Security DG, European Commission
Migratory flows
Regional perspective

  • Chantal BERTHELOT, 1st Vice-President of Regional Council, Deputee, Region of French Guyana pdf
  • Philippe JANVIER
    DADES/Conseil régional de la Martinique ppt pdf

Experts' perspective

  • Dirk GODENEAU, Professor at the University of La Laguna, Canary Islandsppt pdf
  • Claude-Valentin MARIE, Scientific advisor, at the National Institute of Demographic Studies, Franceppt

The Community context: experience and prospects:

  • Jean-Pierre BOU, Justice, Freedom and Security DG, European Commission

Open discussion
Demographic trends
Regional perspective

  • José Luis RIVERO, Professor at the University of La Laguna, Canary Islandspdf

Experts' perspective

  • Dirk GODENAU, Professor at the University of La Laguna, Canary Islandsppt pdf
  • Claude-VALENTIN-MARIE, Scientific advisor, National Institute of Demographic Studies, Franceppt

The Community context: experience and prospects:

  • Aurélio CECILIO, Head of Unit "Belgium, France, Slovakia" Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities DGppt

Open discussion
Workshop secretary: Alain THIERRY, Regional Policy DG, European Commission

Workshop 3: Agriculture in the outermost regions
 

In the Chair: Léonard MIZZI, Head of ACP and South Africa, FAO, Food Aid Unit, Agriculture and Rural Development DG, European Commission
Regional perspective

  • Danielle CELESTIN-MYRTIL-MARLIN President of the National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), Guadalupeppt
  • Region of Martinique

Experts' perspective:

  • Giovanni ANANIA, Professor at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Calabria, Italy ppt -pdf
  • Mariane GRANDISSON, Responsible for the vegetal diversification, Chamber of agriculture of Guadalupeppt

The Community context: experience and prospects:

  • Chiara IMPERIOppt, Fernando Fonseca, Timea Tepliczkyppt, Javier Alacazar, DG Agriculture and Rural Development DG, European Commission
  • Remco VAHL, Deputy Head of Economic Partnership Agreements Unit, Trade DG, European Commissionppt

Open discussion
Workshop secretary: Jérome GLANTENAY, Regional Policy DG, European Commission

Workshop 4: The role of the outermost regions in the EU's maritime policy

In the Chair: Reinhard PRIEBE, Director, Atlantic, Outermost Regions and Arctic Directorate, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries DG, European Commission
Regional perspective

  • Rodrigo OLIVEIRA, Regional Director for European Affairs and External Cooperation, Regional Government of the Azorespdf
  • Maya CESARI, Regional Counsellor, Regional Council of Réunionppt
  • Alain LINISE, Cabinet d'etudes et d'expertises maritimes, Martinique ppt

Experts' perspective

  • Ricardo SERRÃO SANTOS, Professor, Director of the Oceanography and Fisheries Department of the University of the Azores
  • Callixte D’OFFAY, Ambassador, Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affair, Republic of Seychelles ppt
  • François DESRENTES, Director for External Cooperation, Sustainable Developement, Fisheries and Maritime Safety, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)ppt

The Community context: experience and prospects:ppt

  • Armando ASTUDILLO GONZALEZ and Martin FERNADEZ DIEZ PICAZO, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries DG
  • Laura LONZA, Research DG

Open discussion
Workshop secretary: Patrick BERHARD-BRUNET, Regional Policy DG, European Commission

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12h30 – 14h00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00

Plenary session
In the Chair: Ronald HALL, Director, Regional Policy DG, European Commission

14h00 – 15h00

Session 3: Reports on workshops
Workshop°1: Elisabeth LIPIATOU, Head of Climate Change and Environmental Risks Unit, Research DG ppt,
Workshop°2: Peter BOSCH, Head of Immigration and Asylum Unit, Justice, Freedom and Security DG ppt,
Workshop°3: Léonard MIZZI, Head of ACP and South Africa, FAO, Food Aid Unit, Agriculture and Rural Development DG ppt,
Workshop°4: Reinhard PRIEBE, Director, Atlantic, Outermost Regions and Arctic Directorate, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries DG ppt,

15h00 – 15h45 Open discussion
15h45 – 16h00 Coffee break
16h00- 16h45

Session 4: Reactions and contributions by the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee
Margie SUDRE, Member the Regional Development Committee of the European Parliamentpdf
Paulino RIVERO BAUTE, President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Member of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union pdf
Hervé COUPEAU, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee

16h45 – 17h00

Summing up and closing speech
Ms Katarína MATHERNOVÁ, Deputy Director-General, Regional Policy DG, European Commission.

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