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

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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 people, boost innovation in sectors like agriculture, fisheries or tourism, while deepening the cooperation with neighbour countries. One year on, the main developments in La Reunion are:

  • A more dynamic blue economy as a result of the OCEAN METISS project aimed at the sustainable use of resources in the South-Western Indian Ocean Basin, or the micro-credit scheme for very small enterprises in the fisheries sector;
  • An energy transition promoted by a dedicated Task Force, the roadmap for which proposes actions to be followed in terms of autonomy and energy efficiency; the SLIME project to combat fuel poverty in households; participation in the REACT project (Horizon 2020) that focusses on the decarbonisation of local energy systems;
  • Increased attractiveness of the region thanks to the regional innovation agency NEXA, which promotes the region in line with the objectives of the Intelligent Specialisation Strategy and which supports external investors; 
  • Improved digital accessibility through the «France NUM» platform, which supports small and very small businesses in their digital transformation;
  • 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.

 

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