The new EU strategy for the outermost regions, one year on - Azores

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Period : 2014-2020
Date : 20/11/2018

By encouraging the outermost regions to capitalise on their unique assets, the strategy seeks to help them create new opportunities for their inhabitants, boost innovation in sectors like agriculture, fisheries or tourism, while deepening the cooperation with neighbour countries. One year on, the main developments in Azores are:

  • A more dynamic blue economy, based on the Restructuring Plan for the Fisheries sector, the creation of the «Escola do mar» (Sea School) and participation in projects such as MISTIC SEA, which promotes cooperation in maritime spatial planning in Macaronesia;
  • A more competitive agri-food sector, supporting local dairy products in the Canadian market, the support of registered designations of origin, and better
    forestry management by means of Remote Piloted Aircraft;
  • Enhanced protection of biodiversity through the LIFE VIDALIA project for the protection of threatened endemic species;
  • Support for researchers through the Horizon 2020 «FORWARD» project aimed at strengthening their presence in European and international innovation networks and their ability to participate in research projects;
  • Energy transition through the Azorean Energy Strategy 2030 and the implementation of a plan for electric mobility with fast charging points for electrical
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