More support for the Black Sea Strategy, More activities in the Adriatic, More coherence between macro-regions and neighbourhood programmes, More Regional involvement at EU level.
At the invitation of the Governor, Dr. Ahmet CENGIZ, the Balkan and Black Sea Commission General Assembly (BBSC) took place on 22 June 2012 in Sinop (TR).
During the works, the Regions of the Balkans and the Black Sea focused the discussions on the will to be actors of a new organisation of territories in Europe around larger areas of cooperation such as macro-regions. Indeed, being involved in the CPMR’s work in this area those Regions aim to propose to the European institutions a conceptual and operational content to this new approach. A variety of strategies are in place: the pre-accession strategies concerning Turkey and the Western Balkans, the Neighbourhood Policy in its “Eastern Partnership” and “Mediterranean Partnership”, the new status of Russia as a strategic partner, the EU Strategy for the Danube. This makes it urgent and necessary to clarify the existing landscape for South East Europe.
After this meeting, very well organised thanks to Dr. Ahmet Cengiz, Governor of the Region of Sinop, the BBSC will continue a very strong partnership with the Turkish provinces.
Cohesion policy, State aid for regional purposes, Europe of the Sea, Fishing, Agriculture and Neighbourhood have been at the core of the CPMR Political Bureau held in Helsinki, June 8, 2012, at the invitation of Jari Sainio, Member of the CPMR Political Bureau and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region and with the participation of Eero Heinäluoma, President of the Finnish Parliament and chairman of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of the CPMR, President of the Region of Brittany and France’s Defence Minister chaired the opening session on Cohesion, specifically targeting the Common Strategic Framework presented by the European Commission in March 2012, with the objective of establishing the strategic direction for the next financial planning period (2014-2020) in the Member States and their regions.
Guido Milana, Vice President of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee spoke at the session on Fisheries by calling the EU for a "radical reform of the Common Fisheries Policy" and strongly defending its regionalization.
The European Commission was represented by Bodil Persson, Deputy Head of Unit in charge of border cooperation with DG DEVCO, who spoke on the neighbourhood, and Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit in DG MARE.
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On 31 May and 1 June 2012 the Political Bureau and annual General Assembly of the Atlantic Arc Commission (AAC) of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) were held in Santander, (Cantabria, ES).
Political and technical representatives from the 21 Member Regions of this CPMR Geographical Commission participated in the talks and elected the Region of Cantabria for the Presidency of the AAC for the next two years (2012-2014), succeeding Basse-Normandie (FR) that held this position since 2008.
Ignacio Diego Palacios, President of the Government of Cantabria, is therefore the newly elected President of the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission.
A political Declaration that marks the involvement of the Atlantic Arc Commission in the implementation process of its macro-regional strategy, and also the political and operational objectives that the Action Plan of this strategy must achieve have been approved during the talks.
Ignacio Diego Palacios underlined the crucial importance of the issue of governance calling on the European Commission to establish a genuine “territorial pact” so that the Regions can be involved in each stage of the decision-making process and thus guarantee the success of this strategy. He also drew attention to the importance of the cultural and natural heritage that the Atlantic regions share. The strategy should therefore be combined with a reflection on the creation of a “brand image”, a task that the new working group “Atlantic Culture and Tourism” of the Atlantic Arc Commission will need to address.
All CPMR Regions welcome the nomination of their President, Jean-Yves Le Drian, as the new French Minister for Defence.
The current President of Brittany will remain President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) until its next General Assembly, which will be held in the region of Podlaskie, Poland, on 4 and 5 October 2012.
Jean-Yves Le Drian was elected President of the CPMR in Aberdeen (Scotland) in October 2010 for a term of two years.
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The Cohesion policy Counselors to the EU in charge of negotiating Cohesion Policy Package, Pilar Saenz De Ormijana (ES), Adonis Costantinides (CY), Krzysztof Kasprzyk (PL), Ilias Bardas (GR), Sofia Johansson (SE), Linsey Moore (UK) and Ciara Delaney (IR) attended a meeting organized by the CPMR CORE Group and hosted by Joan Prat, Delegate of Government of Catalonia.
The meeting, chaired by Eleni Marianou, was an interesting exchange of views on the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy Package between regions and representatives from Member States, who provided examples of the implementation of Structural funds in their regions.
Thematic concentration, ex ante and performance conditionalities, simplification of procedures, territorial dimension and cooperation, and also reference period were some of the topics discussed during the meeting.
The CPMR has taken part in the discussions of the Forum PLATFORMA "Development and participatory governance - What multi-stakeholder partnerships in Europe and in partner countries? " from April 2 to 3 in Florence, Italy.
The forum was a key step in the process of this project funded by the EU which provides a stage for local and regional authorities in discussions on development policy.
The issue of multi-stakeholder partnerships is essential in the implementation and effectiveness of development policy and the European Platform expressed their regrets that the preparatory consultation on the development of the European Commission deals exclusively with civil society organizations . This consultation will result in a communication, to be released in October 2012, and it could have been the next Commission strategy for multi-stakeholder partnerships in the development field.
Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR moderated the session "Frameworks at local level and division of work between European actors of development cooperation - models and perspectives" session which helped to highlight the creation of a space for dialogue between civil society (NGOs) and Local and Regional authorities. Through practical examples participants illustrated the different ways of working in synergy between NGOs / civil society and local and regional authorities.
The forum consisted of four sessions in two days, it has fully covered all current issues on a new form of cooperation involving multiple actors and multiple levels, the difficulties but also best practices in terms of projects and results.
Other Elected members of the CPMR regions have also taken part in the debate (Catalonia with Carles Llorens i Villa, Director General of Development Cooperation, and the Pays de la Loire region represented by Jean-Noel Gaultier , First Vice-President of the Commission on International Affairs).
For more information visit the NEW site PLATFORMA: http://www.platforma-dev.eu/
Ole Christensen, Member of the European Parliament and Gunn Marit Helgesen, President of the CPMR North Sea Commission today launched the North Sea Strategy which is intended to contribute to the objectives of EUROPE 2020
This Strategy provides a framework for policy integration and for the coherent development of the North Sea Region (NSR). It sets out to promote performance in selected target areas and to tackle priorities for the sustainable development of the NSR. The Strategy aims to remove internal market bottlenecks and improve the business environment. It sets out priority actions in order to achieve Europe 2020 Strategy objectives; each of the identified priorities support several of the Europe 2020 Strategy Flagships.
“The main aim of the NSR 2020 is to provide arguments for and demonstrate the added value and benefits of having a strategy for the NSR by identifying challenges, opportunities and priority strategic areas, as well as suggesting concrete measures to be implemented.” Declared Gunn Marit Helgesen, President of the CPMR North Sea Commission”
Ole Christensen (S&D-DK) announced that this strategy will be submitted to the Danish Presidency and he called for an North Sea Intergroup within the EU Parliament.
From the CPMR, Eleni Marianou, Secretary General underlined that “this strategy should be based on regions” and she underlined that “The countries which surround the North Sea are all mature democracies, with well defined multi-level governance arrangements, with strong traditions of cooperation with their neighbours, which is not always the case for other EU macroregional strategies”.
The leading regions in the ranking of regional GDP per capita in 2009 were Inner London in the United Kingdom (332% of the average), the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (266%), Bruxelles/Brussels in Belgium (223%), Hamburg in Germany (188%) and Bratislavsky kraj in Slovakia (178%). Among the 39 regions exceeding the 125% level, eight were in Germany, five in the Netherlands, four each in Italy and Austria, three each in Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom, two in Finland, one each in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, France, Slovakia and Sweden, as well as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The statistics show that seven capital regions are in the ten first places of the ranking, while peripheral regions are often on the side.
Balanced development across Europe as a whole is needed now more than ever. Disparities between regions’ levels of development are not being reduced.
Therefore Cohesion policy should be on the EU top agenda for the next years in order to ensure growth and stability.
The work programme setting out how the 40 million euros for further support to the Integrated Maritime Policy will be spent during the period 2011-2013 was adopted yesterday.
The Programme proposes 20 actions for a total amount of 40 million euro. All actions reflect the political priorities for the Integrated Maritime Policy expressed by the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
The Programme will benefit Member States, regions, businesses, research institutes and other stakeholders across the EU.
Information about calls for proposals and for tenders will be published shortly.
Ugo Cappellacci, both President of Sardinia Region and the CPMR Islands Commission, met on Friday 17 February 2012 with Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia in order to ask for more flexibility for islands in the rules on state aid.
Esteban Mas, Delegate of the Balearic Islands Government, Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of CPMR and Jean Didier Hache, Executive Secretary of the Islands Commission will also take part in the meeting.
“Today’s crisis is putting EU solidarity to the test” was the message of László Andor, European Commission for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, speaking at the seminar on “European Solidarity as a driving force behind the development of Europe’s territories. What are the challenges for Eu cohesion policy 2014-2020?” organised by the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) at the Committee of the Regions on 10 February 2012.
“Solidarity”, which for Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of the CPMR and Brittany Region, “has created a political Europe and made it grow bigger and stronger.”
Mr Le Drian also underlined that “cohesion policy has now become a policy for territorial investments that support solidarity, and we need to create a climate of confidence and solidarity to start recovering growth again.”
Finally, he commented that Europe needs political, economic, territorial as well as social solidarity, because “we will not have sustainable development unless there is a social pillar.”
"The confidence crisis is far from over and that is why our work must be more vigilant," said Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of the CPMR and the Brittany Region (FR), at the CPMR political bureau held February 9, 2012 at the CoR in Brussels.
Jean-Yves Le Drian also recalled that "the role of the CPMR is to promote investment in areas that are essential for confidence and growth. The package presented by the Commission last year has met our expectations, but now we ask for it to be protected and maintained.
On 8 February the Islands Commission organised a meeting on “How can the EU 2014-2020 cohesion policy integrate the EU’s island dimension? »
The aim of the meeting was to address the European Commission’s working paper on “Territories with specific geographical features” published in January 2010.
One of the responses of the CPMR Islands Commission was to present the EC with document containing concrete amendments to the Common Provisions Regulation on the structural funds as well as a policy position on state aid. Both these documents underline the specific features related to island status and the fact that these need to be taken into account across the board in all EU policies.
The CPMR welcomed the fact that a number of Member States, notably Cyprus, Malta and Greece, expressed support for the CPMR Islands Commission’s proposals. Also a number of members of the European Parliament from different parties and nationalities backed the islands’ positions.
Jean-Didier Hache, Executive Secretary of the Islands Commission stated that “specific territorial features need to be recognised, and the CPMR is asking for this not to remain just a hollow principle, but for it to be translated into a flexible use of funding as well as in the amount of funds allocated. The regulations will therefore need to be adjusted accordingly.
A seminar on "The Future of the European Fisheries Sector" was held on 1 February 2012 in the EP and brought together MEPs, regional authorities and the European fishing industry to look at the new prospects for EU action in fisheries and aquaculture in relation to the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy after 2012
During the discussions, the CPMR regretted that the Commission’s proposals on the future Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) failed to provide satisfactory responses to real multi-level governance, given that the Regions are fully involved in developing the fisheries and aquaculture sectors while also managing responsibility for economic development and regional planning.
With work on “Blue Growth” underway at the European Commission and a Communication due out at the end of 2012, Pays de la Loire Region, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) and the Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup of the European Parliament chaired by Corinne Lepage, organised a public hearing today on “Think differently: new horizons for the maritime industries”.
A memorandum was approved by the maritime regions members of the “Maritime Industry for Blue Growth” initiative and was formally presented to the European Commission to highlight their commitment to working closely together.
“We welcome the European Commission’s proposal for a common strategic framework for the different European funds, as it will help translate the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy into investment priorities and will be complemented by partnership agreements, to be developed at national level. In order to clarify the responsibilities of the different tiers of governance, we believe that the Commission’s 'code of conduct', expected early next year, should highlight the establishment of a territorial pact at national level, which should bring together all actors on the ground. Indeed, it is imperative to associate all of these regions if we are to ensure the successful economic growth of Europe.” Said Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of the Region of Brittany and President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions, speaking at the Conference "Governing in partnership –.United to build a stronger Europe", in the presence of President Barroso and Commissioner Hahn .
The event was organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) in collaboration with the Assembly of European Regions (AER), the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) and EUROCITIES.
"Blue Growth" and the future of the marine and maritime innovation in Europe have been at the heart of discussions during the seminar organized by the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), 7 December 2011 , at the European Parliament, at the invitation of MEP Gesine Meissner and with the participation of the Commissioner for maritime Affairs and fisheries, Maria Damanaki.
At the invitation of Mr Aristides GIANNAKIDIS, Governor of the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace, the CPMR met in Kavala (GR) on 3 December for a Conference on “EU Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020: Towards a balanced development and territorial cohesion”.
The ongoing discussion on the financial period 2014-2020 and its impact on the next Cohesion Policy programmes, especially in the framework of the Black Sea Strategy, was at the core of the works in Kavala.
On this occasion, Pavlos DAMIANIDIS, President of the CPMR Balkan and Black Sea Commission, inaugurated a new CPMR office in this area.
“This office will facilitate cooperation among the Balkan and the Black Sea and will be a point of reference for the future of the EU Black Sea Strategy”. Declared Mr Damianidis during his intervention.
On 1 December 2011, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) and the Baltic Master II project in collaboration with Corinne Lepage, President of the Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup of the European Parliament held a seminar on the implementation of the Erika 3 package and new directions for action on EU maritime safety.
Jean-Yves Le Drian took part in the discussions of the High Level Conference "An Integrated approach to development - towards a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe " preceding the Informal Council on Cohesion in Poznan,Poland.
In his speech, at the round table with Commissioners László Andor and Johannes Hahn, President Le Drian highlighted the role of regions as part of an effective and inclusive partnership.
The CPMR was the only regional organisation invited to speak during the conference and Poland confirmed the traditions of the previous Presidencies to invite the CPMR to the informal Councils on Cohesion.
The CPMR has sent a letter to the Vice-President of the European Commission and Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, further to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) review and the publication of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
Under the Presidency of the Region of Aragon, including Ms Rudi, President of the Region, who opened the talks, the CPMR Inter-Commission TEN-T working group studied the proposals that were published on 19 October 2011 by the European Commission: the review of the Trans-European Transport Network and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Regulation.
€32 Billion will be allocated by the EU to transport infrastructures for the 2014-2020 period, with a strong concentration of this amount on 10 priority corridors. The CPMR is preparing an overall reaction to these documents, which be available early in 2012. It will concentrate on improving the territory covered by these corridors, and the importance of maritime transport in the future network.
The attractiveness of seafaring professions, living and working conditions in the fishing sector and maritime safety were the subjects addressed at the seminar on the "Social Pillar of the European Maritime Policy", held on 7th November 2011 at the Committee of the Regions, at the initiative of Brittany, the French Maritime Prevention Institute and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR).
The seminar brought together the principal European maritime stakeholders, including the Commission represented notably by Carla Montesi, Head of DG Mare, the maritime Regions, represented by Isabelle Thomas, Vice President of Brittany Region (FR), and Leslie Angus, European Spokesperson for the Shetland Islands (UK), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), and various marine and maritime institutes specialised in prevention and maritime jobs.
"The social dimension is fundamental to the maritime economy, a sector which is part of the EU2020 strategy and represents 65% of EU GDP by contributing to 2.25% of total employment in Europe. Globally, Europe is now the largest maritime player, but we need to be able to maintain this leading role: it is a real challenge we need to face ... and for this reason, the people who work in the maritime sectors are crucial to maintain the high standard of Europe’s maritime economy,” said Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR.
For the European Commission, Carla Montesi was convinced that "the sea can contribute to economic growth in Europe today”, recalling that “the maritime economy represents a production value of 450 billion euros in our continent". According to data from DG Mare, "wind energy will increase by 30% in 2020, cruise tourism is increasing annually by 5% and shipping by 3% a year or 6% if we refer to short sea shipping. The marine economy contributes significantly to future growth and higher employment in the future, so we must be responsive and act now to make these jobs a reality."
Isabelle Thomas underlined that "we must think in terms of three pillars: economic, social, and ecological." For the Vice-President of Brittany Region "welfare is the condition for economic success." And one example is the attractiveness of the different professions: "if working conditions are poor, conditions at sea are too hazardous and wages are low, then people will not want to do these jobs ... and if we have no ‘appetite for the sea’, we will have no economic activity." But Isabelle Thomas also noted that "a real integrated maritime policy for Europe cannot develop without a social dimension, and we cannot ignore the maritime professions that are a real reservoir of employment for Europe as a whole."
On behalf of Brittany, Christophe Marques from the Region’s Maritime Department also presented a survey conducted among school students in Brittany regarding their perception of the sea: "It is surprising that 58% of people in a coastal region like Brittany are not attracted by maritime professions and have a rather negative image of fisheries and aquaculture."
“If we go any lower, we will go anywhere”. Said, speaking on the European budget, Eleni MARIANOU Secretary General of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions. “The importance of this manifesto is the joint message that we want to send across to all Institutions, Member States and to those Regions that represent our networks. She added.
Marianou also spoke in favor of the “partnership contract”, the “thematic concentration” and the “ex ante conditionality”. “Whatever is there to make our policy visible and efficient on the ground we support it” Marianou concluded.
“Integrated maritime policy will only develop if it based on a high quality and well-trained workforce” Said Eleni Marianou during the Seminar “Maritime professions for blue growth -education, mobility and adaptability” held in the European Parliament on 11 October 2011.
The Seminar was organized by Jan kozlowski, Member of the Budget and Employment Committees and Baltic Intergroup at the European Parliament at the presence of Lowri Evans, General Director at the European Commission (DG MARE) and Anna Wypych - Namiotko, Polish Undersecretary of State in charge of Maritime economy, who highlighted perspective actions forseen by the Polish presidency in this field.
For the Secretary General of CPMR “To successfully achieve “blue growth, Europe must progressively adopt appropriate instruments in the field of maritime training, but it should also be aware a certain lack of interest on the part of young people in maritime careers.”
Therefore, Eleni Marianou underlined the opportunity for the Commission of launching a kind of Maritime Earsmus: “Vasco da Gama is the youth mobility instrument for tomorrow’s European Maritime Policy”. She said, higlighting the recent idea proposed by CPMR.
REGIONAL POLICY DIRECTOR
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime regions (CPMR) is the European Association gathering some 160 regions across Europe, which strives to support their interests in the core areas of Territorial Cohesion, Maritime Policy, Territorial Accessibility and multilevel governance.
CPMR is looking to employ a highly motivated individual with strong analytical credentials, well tuned diplomatic skills and excellent writing and presentation capabilities to assist regional decision-making. A strategic thinker will be responsible for European Cohesion Policy, able to coordinate and analyse CPMR policy and technical positions on the structural funds regulations and other EU policy documents, assist the development and positioning of CPMR members ahead, during and after the negotiations for the next programming period. The successful candidate should have first class knowledge of EU affairs, combined with at least 7 years relevant experience. The post is located in Brussels. The post holder will be part of a dynamic team of Directors and Policy officers in Rennes and Brussels and will work under the leadership of the Secretary General.
Salary: €70,000 Gross per annum (contract under Belgium Law)
Closing date: 14 November 2011
Please send: A motivation letter attaching your CV and a short (150 words) outline
On “In your opinion, which are the challenges of the new ex-ante conditionality of Regional Policy for Europe’s Regions?”
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A full job description and person specification pack can be downloaded below or requested from Martine Muret (Tel:+ 33 2 99 35 40 52) ou Lise Guennal (Tel: +32 2 612 17 00).
Further to the document circulated on 12 September by the eight Member States that are net contributors to the EU budget, and that believe the European Commission’s proposal for the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 is “too high”, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) today sent a letter to the 27 Permanent Representatives to the EU in order to stress the importance of having an ambitious European budget.
On 14 September, the CPMR welcomed an Odessa delegation in Rennes. The delegation consisted of Anastasiia Andronova, Mykola Rudyk, Inna Zdor, Svitlana Polishchuk from the General Department of Foreign Economic Activity and European Integration of Odessa Regional State Administration.
The discussions focused on subjects such as tourism, maritime policy, fisheries and ways to implement projects.
Odessa, a Member Region of the CPMR and the BBSRC expressed its full interest and commitment to further developing an in-depth collaboration in the future.
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European projects CHORD dedicated to take advantage of Mediterranean cultural heritage, and INNOVATE MED on innovative actions for trade and enterprise in the Mediterranean and both carried out by regions from Italy, France, Greece and Spain and co-financed by the MED programme, will celebrate its Final Conference in Brussels next 15th September.
This Conference, with the participation of representatives of the EC, UNESCO, COR and ESSC is addressed to debate on the combination of innovation and cultural heritage as a force to dynamize the local Mediterranean economies and create jobs.
The act will take place next 15th September 2011 at 09.00h at the conference room JDE51 of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. (Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040)
Pre registration for the conference is already open firstname.lastname@example.org
The CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission launches the recruitment process of its new Executive Secretary.
The deadline for applications (including a CV and a covering letter) is fixed to 19 September 2011
Interviews are due to take place around 5 October in Rennes (FR).
The importance of Black Sea Regional Cooperation and the European Union Policies in the Wider Black Sea Area are at the core of the CPMR Black Sea General Assembly.
Jean-Yves Le DRIAN and Dancho SIMEONOV, Governor, Varna Regional Administration opened the works at the presence of Prof. Vladko PANAYOTOV (MEP), representing the European Parliament, Wolfgang STREITENBERGER (DG REGIO) and Georges KREMLIS (DG ENVI) representing the European Commission.
The Bulgarian Government has been represented by Lilyana PAVLOVA, Vice Minister of Regional Development and Public Works.
photo: from left to right
Vladko PANAYOTOV, MEP
Eleni MARIANOU, Secretary General, CPMR
Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, President of the region of Brittany and of the CPMR
Dancho SIMEONOV, Governor of Varna Regional Administration
Wolfgang STREITENBERGER, Advisor DG Regio, CE
Tarhon VICTOR, President of Tulcea County Council, Vice President of the CPMR
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During the CPMR Political Bureau that met in the Azores on 3 June 2011, they rejected the principle of a macro-economic conditionality, however they welcome positively the principle of an internal conditionality intended to strengthen the effectiveness and added value of Cohesion Policy, and thus its legitimacy in the medium-term.
They believe that such conditionality has to go hand in hand with a reinforcement of regional partnership. In this context, they urge that a political agreement be drawn up, signed by each Member State between the central government and its regional authorities, on the identification of the thematic priorities of cohesion policy and the delivery of the partnership, to be considered as one of the horizontal ex-ante conditions of the future.
A Hearing organised by the Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup of the European Parliament on “the creation of European Coastguard Service” was held on 22 June 2011 in the presence of several MEPs, representatives of the European Commission, representative organisations and of course, member regions of the CPMR.
Illegal fishing, pollution at sea and border management were the focus of the debates during the Hearing.
Crescenzio RIVELLINI (IT EPP) Member of the EP Fisheries Committee, underlined that 60% of all fish caught in the world is illegal.
With regard to Europe, illegal fishing represents 66% of all fishing in the North Sea, 50% of fishing for tuna and swordfish in the Mediterranean and 30% of cod fishing in the Baltic Sea.
Lowri Evans, Director General of DG MARE, spoke however on the idea of European coastguards by saying that “the European coastguards are the custodians of our seas and they need the best instruments to better accomplish their work.”
Specifically, she proposed the creation of a data sharing system, sectoral and closer cooperation between the member states, the creation of an Agency that could promote this cooperation, an ad-hoc burden-sharing procedure, as well as some programmes that encourage exchanges and training of sailors.
The Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup is chaired by Corinne Le Page (ALDE FR).
Eleni Marianou chaired the first session of the Informal Baltic Sea Group, at the EU representation of Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the Role of Financial Institutions in Implementing the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Among the participants, Carl Haglund, MEP, Dirk Ahner, Director General at DG Regio, Tilman Seibert, Director at European Investment Bank and Jaakko Henttonen, Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development attended the talks.
This event will take place on 15 June 2011 from 12.30 to 14.00 in the European Parliament in the presence and participation of numerous MEPs, the European Commission, Representatives from Regions and concerned organisations.
- Meeting in English
- Buffet Sandwiches from 12.00
To participate and obtain access badge for the EP, please register and send the following information to Carol THOMAS (Email : email@example.com) before 9 June :
- Complete name
- Date of birth
- N of ID card or passport
For any furhter information, please contact Mrs Thomas:(CRPM:+32 2 612 17 03)
Jean-Yves Le Drian with other European local and regional leaders call on European Commission President Barroso to put forward “ambitious EU budget proposals” in order to stimulate the economy and ask that municipalities and regions be given an active role in the design and implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy.
Indeed, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso welcomed leaders of the Committee of the Regions and the European associations of local and regional authorities on Thursday 16 June.
Many subjects were evocated during the meeting, such as:
1/ The design and implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy in partnership with local and regional authorities;
2/ Retaining a substantial EU budget, based if needed on new own resources, with a fair part dedicated to cohesion policy;
3/ The development of new projects and stronger EU policies, notably in accordance with the current external political and democratic context
A press point occured at the exit of the Berlaymont building (esplanade), just after the meeting.
"Given the problems and challenges in the Mediterranean, we must develop a European strategy for the macro-Adriatic-Ionian region. With this document (link below),
“The CoR calls on the Council to develop this strategy by the Commission and urges the Parliament to contribute”. declared Gian Mario Spacca today at the Committee of the Regions during the presentation of its report “Territorial Cooperation in the Mediterranean Region through the Adriatic-Ionian Macro region. The President of the Marche Region has participated this morning in the presence of Commissioner for Maritime Affairs Maria Damanaki, in the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative, a Mini council of Foreign Ministers from countries of this sea basin, which takes place once per year, and this year it was held in Brussels. "This important challenge must be undertaken with a general effort at the state level, the involved institutions and the various stakeholders to get a commitment from everyone.”Added the President Spacca.
Adriatic-Ionian strategy is likely to be proposed by Italy to the European Council on June 23 and as said by Alfredo Mantica, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Italy, "this strategy will be translated into reality in 2014 when the EU presidency will be shared between Italy and Greece."
Jean-Yves Le Drian, leader of Brittany Region (FR) and President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) made an address in plenary during the session on “Making maritime careers attractive: education, training and working conditions”.
Mobility between maritime professions and the creation of new jobs in the sector formed the core message of his speech which focused, among other things, on concrete examples to enhance maritime professions. “We need to act to bring about changes to the working environment and professional contexts. There is therefore some real work to be done by professional branches and those involved in social dialogue in order to change the reality of these occupations: improving working conditions, improving safety, better guarantees for taking on trainees and apprentices... but Europe also has a major card to play in the social maritime agenda: monitoring the implementation of the maritime labour convention for example, as suggested by the Commission, would constitute a fundamental measure, stated Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The seminar held in Gijón on 15 April 2011 on initiating an EU maritime transport policy helped introduce the idea of a package of European support initiatives: Aid to launch new services, Motorways of the Sea recognised as a Service of General Economic Interest, balanced harbour structure within the future TEN-T. These proposals are detailed in the paper entitled “Improving the Regions’ maritime accessibility: A challenge for Europe”, and summarised in the Declaration of Gijón.
Eleni Marianou was among the guest speakers at the Pact of Islands European Conference, 12th April 2011, at the Committee of the regions, which occured within the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week, 11-15 April in Brussels.
Mr Alex MacDonald, the Convener - CnES , ISLE- PACT Project Coordinator opened the conference followed by several high level guest speakers such as
Maria Damanaki Commissioner for Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, Marie Donnelly, Director, New & Renewable Sources of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Innovation, DG ENER, Ugo Cappellacci, President Of Sardinia Region, Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR, José Gabriel do Álamo Meneses, Azores Reg. Secretary of the Environment and the Sea on behalf of the President of the Islands Commission of the CPMR, Maria do Céu Patrão Neves MEP Azores, Portugal, Giommaria Uggias MEP Sardinia, Italy.
The signing ceremony gathers Senior representatives from 40 island authorities who will sign the Pact of Islands.
Signing Ceremony of the Pact of Islands will be held within the context of the European Sustainable Energy Week, 11-15 April 2011 that brings together over 5000 participants in Brussels each year and many more throughout Europe with multiple conferences, exhibitions and specific workshops.
Peripheral Maritime Regions are acutely aware that, through public procurement, education, and miscellaneous incentives and investments, they can make an active contribution to the reduction of energy consumption by fostering energy efficiency. Many of them are already actively involved in cooperation programmes furthering such aims (e.g. ISLE-PACT, BuildwithCaRe, CIUDAD-SURE).
16th March 2011, at the invitation of Mrs Morin Chartier, the CPMR intervenes at the public hearing of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament on the role and impact of ESF.
Michel VAUZELLE, President of the Regional Council of Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur and President of the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission has had an article published in Europolitics’ Open Forum “Mediterranean: Europe facing up to its responsibilities"
This event will take place on 12 April 2011 in Brussels (Scotland House) from 13.00 - 15.00 within the context of the European Sustainable Energy Week on 11-15 April 2011.
"Build with CaRe" is a partnership involving five countries with the ambition of mainstreaming low carbon and energy-efficient building design and construction.
The Presidents of the Member Regions of the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission have presented a Declaration on the political situation in the Mediterranean and on the role of Europe which proposes “true cooperation” with this Region “representing a clean break with the past” as well as the EU’s collaboration through a “Mediterranean strategy and action plan for the Region“.
The CPMR has formally adopted its Policy Position in response to the Green Paper on Development, published by the European Commission in November 2010. This Green Paper presents a series of proposals in the framework of the EU’s reflections on internal and external policies. The CPMR response, adopted by its Political Bureau, is based on work undertaken since 2008 as well as on the Policy Position on Structured Dialogue and the meeting organised with Commissioner Piebalgs. The Green Paper raised the issue of aid effectiveness. The CPMR particularly stresses the already effective role of the Regions in development aid and the necessity for including them in partnerships and instruments to be jointly defined.
The Forum marks the closure of the public consultation on the policy proposals for the future policy outlined in the Fifth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion adopted by the Commission on 9 November 2010. It provides a final opportunity for Member States and regions to make their voice heard on the shape of the future policy before the European Commission brings forward its initial legislative proposals on the future Cohesion Policy in the first half of 2011.
A number of options are on the table which will be central to discussions at the Forum, such as the improvement of strategic programming, the concentration on a limited number of priorities, the definition of a common strategic framework with other EU policies and financial instruments, the introduction of National Partnership Contracts with targets to be achieved and also strengthened focus on performance and results through the mandatory use of indicators and a system of incentives and conditionality.
The CPMR is taking part in the discussions through its President, Jean-Yves Le Drian, particularly in the “Territorial Dimension of Europe 2020” workshop, chaired by Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
During a working meeting with the CPMR, on 26 January in Brussels, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for transport, has recognised the importance for the EU to take into better consideration the European Transport Policy to improve accessibility of peripheral regions, regardless of their location on the map of Europe, and the development of maritime transport for short to medium distances.
"On the basis of concrete ideas proposed by the CPMR, we can introduce, under the TEN-T, a special programme to improve the situation of peripheries", declared Commissioner Kallas.
First meeting of the Executive Board of the CPMR, 30 November 2010 in Brussels
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The meeting of the CPMR with Commissioner Piebalgs addressed the role of the regions in development policy and particularly on the added value of a territorial approach. For the CPMR this approach represents an important way for improving a development assistance which would be based on the ability of regions to unite the various actors on the ground as local communities, NGOs, private sector and national and international donors.
CPMR delegation consisted of:
Karleskind Pierre, Vice President of Brittany Region - Presidency of the CPMR
David Minoves i Llucia, Director General Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Generalitat de Catalunya - Presidency of the working group "External Cooperation" of the CPMR
Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR
Anne Stahl Mousa, Executive Secretary of the Commission of the CPMR Baltic Sea
Marie Ange Orihuela, Director, General Secretariat of the CPMR
In the framework of the discussions on the future of European policies after 2013 and in particular in order to maintain a territorialised European Social Fund at the core of regional policy after 2013, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Eleni Marianou, met László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on 3 November 2010.
With just a few months to go before the negotiations kick off on the European Union’s future priorities and budgets in order to address a new decade of challenges and opportunities, it is crucial to highlight the importance of a strong, integrative cohesion policy which concerns all European Regions. Therefore, the 160 Regions of the CPMR stress that the European and global economic context justifies maintaining a cohesion policy for all European regions. They clearly recognise the need for coherence with the Europe2020 Strategy, but cohesion policy must maintain its own mission. Moreover, the regional dimension must remain at the core of cohesion policy. Lastly, the Regions are aware of the need to step up conditionality for greater transparency and effectiveness, but they are opposed to this being macro-economic conditionality and strongly recommend that this conditionality must go hand in hand with an adjusted method of governance based on integration and contractualisation.
The Regions of Europe eligible under the current Regional Competitiveness and Employment Objective of EU Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, express the importance of EU Cohesion Policy for the whole of the EU. Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of CPMR participated in the regional Summit for an EU Cohesion Policy addressed to all regions. She also took part in the “march of the regions” from the Representation of the EU delegation of Bavaria to the Berlaymont building on 7 October 2010. After the march, the regions representatives delivered the following declaration to José Manuel Durao Barroso President of the EU Commission.
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) has vast experience in macro-regions since it is the only European association that is shaped through geographical areas and not thematic ones.
In the framework of the Open Days Eleni Marianou has been invited to speak in the EPP Seminar “Building partnerships towards a Mediterranean macro-regional strategy”. “This potential future strategy could be based on the experience of the already existing Baltic Sea and Danube macro-regions and also on the evolution of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)” declared the CPMR Secretary General.
Among the speakers, Luc Van DER BRANDE, former President of the Committee of the Regions, Lambert Van NISTELROOIJ, member of the European Parliament, as well as Ramón Luis VALCÁRCEL SISO Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions and of the CPMR, and President of the Autonomous Community of Murcia in Spain were also part of the panel.
 6 October 2010 at 14.30-17.00
Committee of the Regions, Room JDE 51
Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of Brittany (France) was elected by a majority vote during the 38th CPMR General Assembly
The CPMR believes that the “Europe 2020 Strategy” should be implemented with the full involvement of each territory of Europe, whatever its geographic dimension or administrative division. Moreover within this strategy, cohesion policy should not be perceived as “merely” a source of funding for the “EU 2020 Strategy”, but rather as a policy in its own right. In other words, regarding the next structural funds programming, the CPMR calls for a “substantial priority funding” for Regions with a GDP below 75% of the EU27 average and an “increased support” for Regions whose GDP is higher than 75%, but still lower than the EU average. Finally, it requests “increased support” for more strategic territorial cooperation. Therefore, the CPMR demands a strong cohesion policy for all European regions with an adequate budget.
He was a long-standing advocate of the role of the Regions in European integration and helped to found the CPMR, of which he was a dynamic and devoted Secretary General for 22 years. Along with Edgar Faure, he also helped to set up the Assembly of European Regions and played a major role in the creation of the Committee of the Regions.
The working lunch we had with President Barroso today was very productive. As President of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CRPM), I called for strengthening the EU cohesion policy in order to implement the 2020 strategy. Therefore, regional policy after 2013 should remain for all regions of Europe and its budget should be able to finance such an important EU policy. Furthermore, the economic crisis should not been perceived by the Commission as an obstacle to the allocation of regional funds, because Europe will only overcome the crisis by boosting the economy of its territories.
The presentation of Eleni Marianou to the General Assembly and Annual Business Meeting of the North Sea Commission, held 16th June 2010, is now available on the NSC facebook group.
For more information please do not hesitate to join the NSC group on Facebook (see link below) , "A group for everyone who want to work for a sustainable development in the North Sea region."
Representatives of the oil companies, European Commission and NGOs answer MEPs questions
Is the legislation in force sufficient ?
Have the oil companies taken measures against the risks of such an accident?
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23RD, 2010 FROM 12:30 TO 2:30 PM
European Parliament, Brussels, Room JAN 6 Q 2
(Sandwich lunch provided)
Corinne Lepage (ALDE), President
Vice Presidents: Matthias Groote (S&D), Alain Cadec (EPP), Isabella Lovin (Greens/EFA), Chris Davies (ADLE), Anna Rosbach (EFD), Jacky Hénin (NGL)
The meeting of the CPMR Political Bureau was held on 11 June 2010 in Tromsø (Norway).
The 7th Plenary Session of Aquamarina was held on June 8th in the presence of Jean Yves Le Drian, President of Brittany Region, Corinne Lepage MEP, Eleni Marianou, SG of the CPMR and Yves Auffret, member of the Damanaki Cabinet.
The implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy and blue growth were the focus of discussions though the aspect of governance, and in particular the role of regions, was repeatedly raised.
On this matter, Jean Yves Le Drian, stated: "maritime policy is the most regionalized policy of the EU after regional policy."
The CPMR met in Valencia for a seminar on: “Territorial Cooperation in the European Union and at its borders: What contributions can be made to the EU’s strategy objectives for 2020?”
Juan Cotino, Vice-President of the Generalitat Valenciana and Regional Minister for Environment, Water, Spatial Planning and Habitat, Rafael Ripoll Navarro, Regional Secretary for relations with the State and the EU of the Generalitat Valenciana and Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR, opened the proceedings of this seminar. Territorial cooperation issues by 2020 and the tools for European cooperation and neighbourhood policy for 2014-2020 were at the heart of the discussions.
CPMR Islands Commission: Europe's islands ready to seize the opportunities of sustainable development... but want the resources to do it
Europolitics released a special dossier on Integrated Maritime Policy. Please click on the following link to download it on Europolitics' home page (below on the right).
The consultation on the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) was launched last 3 May 2010 by the CoR, in partnership with the Trio of Presidencies of the Council (Spain-Belgium-Hungary), the European Commission and Interact.
The consultation questionnaire focuses mainly on the lessons learned so far and the legal questions that the review should address. The questionnaire also aims at identifying the concrete added value and the future potential of the EGTCs.
The results will be presented in Brussels during the OPEN DAYS in October, and they will be a major contribution to the CoR own-initiative opinion 'Towards the review of the EGTC regulation' that is scheduled for adoption by the Committee of the Regions plenary in early 2011.
This opinion will be the main political input prior to the report of the Commission about the state of implementation of the EGTC and the proposals to review the legislative framework, foreseen in Regulation 1082/2006/EC.
The consultation questionnaire and further information is available in all official EU languages at www.cor.europa.eu/egtc. Contributions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 July
Janusz Lewandowski, EU Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget met local and regional authority representatives in order to discuss the EU budget review.
Eleni Marianou, Secretary General, Carolyne Rule, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at the Cornwall Council (UK), and Emily Henderson, European Policy Officer for Economic Development from Cornwall Council (UK) represented the CPMR during the meeting and they specifically called for maintaining a Regional Policy which corresponds to a “policy” and not just to a “tool for implementing other policies”.
Klaus Klipp, Secretary General of the AER, Frédéric Vallier, Secretary General of CEMR, Daniel Termont, Mayor of Gent (BE) and EUROCITIES Executive Committee member, and Vanda Knowles, EUROCITIES Policy Director also attended the meeting which was held in the CEMR Brussels offices.
The Commissioner underlined the importance of Regional policy and the prominent role which it has within the EU budget
VIVA EUROPA is a European cultural event consisting on the live simultaneous broadcast on giant screens of an opera in several European cities.
Following last year’s success of the performance of the Valkyrie, this new edition in 2010 will be performing the work of Georges Bizet, Carmen, in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, under the musical direction of Zubin Mehta..
This project is included within the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
For more information please contact:
PATROCINI DE LES ARTS
C/ Pascual y Genís, 19 Piso 2
Tel./Fax: +34-963 515 705
and the Head of External Relations in the Valencian Region:
Ana Enguídanos Weyler
c/ Juristas 10
tel +34 9631 84313
Aquamarina next meeting is dedicated to “the theme of maritime employment and training”. It will take place on 25 March from 9.30 to 15.30 at the Committee of the Regions (Room JDE 53) in Brussels. This meeting will witness the participation of various concerned services of the European Commission. Several regions will also present their actions in this sector.
The Balearic Islands Governement is organizing a conference on insularity the 26th April 2010 in Plama (ES).
We kindly inform that the preliminary program of the Third Summit of Regions on Climate Change to be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, on days 20, 21 and 22 April has been published at our website www.cambioclimatico.org.uy
Your Registration can be done through http://www.cambioclimatico.org.uy
The website also provides information about the program update as well as arranging transportation and lodging.
To contact our secretariat you could send an e-mail to secretaría@cambioclimatico.org.uy
As early as 2008, when the Commission Communication on “Local Authorities: Actors for Development” was being prepared, the CPMR stressed the importance of the role the regions play in European development policies and the need to take due account of regional authorities as fully-fledged partners in these policies. The network has continued its work on this issue, both directly and through its participation in PLATFORMA, the European Platform of Local and Regional Authorities for Development.
The CPMR today welcomes the opening of a structed dialogue in 2010 between the European Commission, European parliament, the member states and also civil society and regional and local authorities. This process will have to enable proposals for a new, more effective European development policy, in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of Paris, the Commission’s code of conduct and the Accra Action Programme, and the need to take greater account of Regions as fully fledged partners in this policy.
Just as this structured dialogue is being introduced, the CPMR referred to what it expects of this collaborative approach and stresses the importance of the development policy for European regions involved in building a more sustainable and fairer world, within which the territories play a key role.
This text affirms and specifies the CPMR’s options for an EU agricultural, food and rural policy which respects territorial balance and which gives regions the means to be involved to adapt it to their own situations. In light of the European Commission’s publication, at the end of 2010, of its proposals for changes to the CAP, the opinion of the CPMR puts forward a series of areas for consideration. These will be discussed with EU institutions during a seminar in Almeria in the spring of 2010.
INTERREG IV C
Environment and Risk Prevention
Application deadline: before Friday 26 February 2010
Over the next few years, the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Seas and Coastal Affairs will deal with issues such as marine biodiversity, the creation of a European coast guard, the development of ocean power, the processing of marine waste, maritime transport and climate change.
Within the Intergroup, several MEPs of different nationalities and representing various political groups will coordinate their work within Parliament, not just on topics currently on the EU agenda, but also on issues that the Intergroup deems to be a priority.
“The objective is to have a greater influence on the Council and the Commission,” declared the Chair of the Intergroup, Corine Lepage (ALDE, FR). For this reason, she announced that one of the Intergroup’s first events will entail a meeting with the Commissioner-designate for maritime affairs, Maria Damanaki.
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), represented by Ms Carol Thomas, will deal with the logistical aspects of the secretariat in coordination with Ms Lepage’s office.
The first meeting of the Intergroup will take place during the next plenary session from 8 to 11 February in Strasbourg.
The CPMR has forwarded to the European Commission its position statement on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in response to the consultation on the European Commission's Green Paper.
In the framework of the European Parliament pilot project 'Enhancing Regional and local co-operation through the promotion of EU Regional Policy on a global scale', DG REGIO organized, in collaboration with UEMOA (the West African Economic and Monetary Community) and FOGAR (the Forum of Global Associations of Regions) a seminar on "The Contribution of Regional and Local Authorities to Economic Development" on 26 and 27 November in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The seminar has four main aims:
- To explore the extent to which European Regional Policy can be a source of inspiration to the countries and regions of Africa;
- To explore certain issues such as urban / rural balance, decentralisation and the environment with a view to comparing European and African experience and sharing ideas for future action;
- To highlight the role of regional groupings such as UEMOA and ECOWAS in the regional development and integration process, and how needs in terms of institutional capacity building can be met;
- To examine cross border co-operation initiatives in both Africa and Europe in order to promote the sharing of best practice and experience.
"Eco Mundo Océans" est un jeu de société (à partir de 7 ans) dont la finalité est de sensibiliser ses participants à la préservation des océans. Il associe avec bonheur la découverte studieuse du monde de la mer et une réelle vocation divertissante. Que ce soit en scénario court ou long (30 minutes ou plus de 45 minutes), les joueurs découvrent, au travers un livret de plus de 800 questions-réponses, les éléments essentiels de la biologie marine, les pollutions trop ordinaires et leurs remèdes, l'histoire des océans, etc. "Eco Mundo Océans" est parrainé par Jacques Perrin en vue de son prochain film "Océans" dont la sortie est prévue le 27 janvier. Ce jeu bénéficie de la collaboration scientifique du Muséum d'histoire naturelle de la Ville de Genève.
Ainsi les joueurs acquerront-ils en toute liberté les éléments d'un savoir unique et, probablement, un véritable souci écologique.
Claudio Martini, Président de la région Toscane et de la Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes européennes estime que les régions ont un rôle essentiel à jouer.
• Cooperation amongst Mediterranean ports is considered to be an important tool in reducing greenhouse gas emission throughout the logistic chain. It also promotes innovation as well as greater efficiency in energy use and the improvement in the quality of life in port settings.
• The Project establishes actions and initiatives in the area of sea and terrestrial transport, to develop a diagnosis of the influence of ports on climate change, and action plans aimed at reducing the impact of port activities on the environment.
Since 2005, the Maritime and Coastal economy Congress brings together each year the leaders of administrations together with public and private companies from different sectors of the maritime and coastal economy (maritime transport, shipping industry, fisheries, offshore oil rigs, watersports industry and coastal management and environment, shipbuilding, renewable marine energy, research, etc…). The 2009 Edition will take place on 1st and 2nd December in Brest.
Letter for the attention of the Members of the European Parliament on the early draft Communication by the European Commission, “Reforming the budget, changing Europe”
Submitted jointly by:
Assembly of European Regions (AER)
Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)
Conference of European regions with legislative power (REGLEG)
Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
European Association of Elected Representatives from Mountain Regions (AEM)
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The results obtained from the cooperation between the two shores of the Adriatic will be the core of the closing event of the Programme Interreg III A Italy-Albania, organized by the Mediterranean Department of the Regione Puglia for Friday 2 October in Otranto
European Development Days (EDD) are Europe’s foremost platform for discussion and exchange on global challenges in all key areas – governance, climate change, international finance, trade, food security, water, energy, the role of the media and human and social rights. Previous editions have seen the participation of Heads of State and Government, Ministers and world-renowned leaders such as Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, Wangari Maathai and Aminata Traore.
This year’s EDD, in Stockholm (22-24 October), falls one month after the G-20 Leaders meeting in Pittsburgh, two weeks after the IMF-World Bank meeting in Istanbul and six weeks before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Against this backdrop, the 2009 edition will focus on the global response to the economic downturn and climate change, as well as on the challenges of democracy and development.
Speakers this year include Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister; José-Manuel Barroso, European Commission President; IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and leaders of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank. Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the League of Arab States will also be speaking, along with UNDP administrator Hellen Clark, the Presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Maldives, Burkina Faso and Micronesia and the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh, Kenya and Zimbabwe. The new European Parliament president, Jerzy Buzek, and members of EP committees will also be there. Representatives from NGOs Transparency International, ActionAid International and Oxfam International will be giving the view from civil society.
Hosting a large-scale event attracting people from the four corners of the world creates its share of CO2. It would be irresponsible to address the world’s development challenges at an international gathering without considering its impact on the environment – especially as global warming could push millions back into the poverty trap. However, these CO2 emissions can be offset through a range of schemes investing in energy efficiency anywhere in the world. Thus, exhibitors and parallel event organisers are asked to help offset the EDD carbon footprint by contributing to a carbon-offset scheme of their choice.
EDD’s KEY FACTs AND FIGUREs
5,000 participants from 125 countries
3 days of meetings, exchange and debate
5 plenary sessions and 25 parallel events
150 exhibition stands in the Development Village
Media partnerships with leading European media
INCLUSIVE AND PARTICIPATORY
Everyone has a say at EDD! Discussion panels are carefully gender balanced and geographically representative. Its openness allows it to be inclusive and blend a great diversity of political leaders and parliamentarians, international institutions, local authorities, NGOs, business leaders, academics, researchers, media representatives and the young. Any stakeholder can propose speakers, events, network meetings or exhibitions. Its participatory approach results in an agenda, which includes over 30 events, half of which are stakeholder-driven.
Ensure you have your say this year!
This event is organised by the European Commission in co-ordination with the Swedish Presidency of the EU.
International meeting organised by FAO/UNDP, between territorial authorities and professional organisations -
Brest, Le Quartz, October, 21st & 22nd, 2009
Claudio Martini, President of the CPMR and of Tuscany, talks to Régions Magazine about his views on the implementation of measures to be adopted in Copenhagen
Jean-Yves Le Drian, président de la Région Bretagne, Jacques Auxiette, président de la Région Pays de la Loire, François Maïtia, vice-président de la Région Aquitaine ont présenté à Lorient la contribution commune élaborée en réponse au Livre vert de Bruxelles par les Régions Bretagne, Pays de la Loire, Aquitaine, Basse-Normandie et Poitou-Charentes. Les 5 régions maritimes demandent à ce que les moyens et outils financiers soient maintenus, voire renforcés, après 2012 en faveur d'une politique commune qui privilégie une pêche régulée, économe, sélective et sûre.
Afin de faire entendre leur voix, les cinq régions se sont regroupées pour présenter, en réponse au Livre vert -la consultation lancée par Bruxelles pour préparer la nouvelle politique européenne de la pêche et de l’aquaculture de 2012- une position commune sur cette réforme.
Ces propositions seront ensuite soumises à débat dans le cadre d’une conférence à Bruxelles, le mardi 29 septembre, en présence des institutions européennes et des partenaires européens des Régions. Cette consultation permettra de finaliser le document qui sera remis avant le 31 décembre prochain, date de clôture de la consultation du Livre vert.
INTERACTING IN DIVERSITY FOR SOCIAL COHESION:
frameworks and references to adapt the organisation and competences of social services to the demands of a pluralist society
7-8 December 2009, Council of Europe, Agora Building, Strasbourg (France)
The Council of Europe, in partnership with the European Commission and the Government of Quebec, is organising this Conference – open to public authorities, social workers, migrants, researchers, etc - whose purpose is to analyse the social and operational frameworks, in particular the acquisition of the intercultural competences more suited to fostering interaction in a context of cultural diversity, especially the development of public services in our pluralist societies.
This conference will deal primarily with the following topics:
- the advantages and limits of the concept of reasonable accommodation in relation to the European standards on non-discrimination;
- the nature of constraints affecting and potential for the interaction of “accommodations” deployed in Europe by social workers and mediators;
- the need to adapt institutional language.
Application Deadline 24/09/2009
Entry Exam 11/12/2009
Unique Salon de l’économie et de l’aménagement du littoral, le Salon Européen du Littoral est le rendez-vous BtoB attendu des professionnels de l’aménagement, des équipements, de la technologie et des services liés à l’économie du littoral.
• Réel rendez-vous d’affaires, d’échanges et de décisions, le SEL présente durant 3 jours une offre multisectorielle inédite aux décideurs et responsables européens du secteur (collectivités locales et territoriales, gestionnaires de port, organismes consulaires…) sous 2 facettes :
un Salon d’affaires :
- entre les collectivités locales et territoriales, les acteurs de la décision et de la commande publique et privée, les services de l’état, les organismes institutionnels ou prestataires spécialisés dans la gestion, les services, l’aménagement et le développement des collectivités territoriales et des économies du littoral,
- et les entreprises, les professionnels, les fournisseurs et les prestataires de services spécialisés dans l’aménagement et le développement économique des régions du littoral.
• un lieu d’échanges et de savoir sur toutes les techniques existantes et expériences vécues en matière de développement économique et de gestion du littoral, grâce à de nombreuses rencontres, conférences et tables rondes.
SALON EUROPÉEN DU LITTORAL
Du mardi 6 au jeudi 8 octobre 2009
Parc des Expositions du Pays de Lorient – Morbihan
Contact : 0297 864 720
Pour toute information complémentaire, merci de contacter Arnaud Métivier au 0297 864 720 ou par courriel firstname.lastname@example.org.
The European Coastal Fair will take place on the 6-8th October in Lorient (Brittany, France). This event is devoted to coastline economics and development, and aims at professionals working in development, equipment, technology and services relating to the economy of the coastline.
On October 8th, CPMR and the Atlantic Arc Commission which support the event will organize a Round Table focused on the assessment and perspectives of the Integrated Maritime Policy.
Region Västra Götaland and West Sweden organise the conference "Cutting Edge Healthcare Quality for a Competitive Europe".
How can Europe take a leading position in healthcare quality and patient safety?
- Join forces and engage triple helix stakeholders
- Involve patients and design healthcare from patients´ perspectives
- Benchmark achievements
- Refine management for continuous quality improvements
Senior European decision makers from policy and administration, business, industry and research.
The conference is being held in association with the Swedish EU presidency (July - December 2009).
The Atlantic Arc Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), chaired by Basse-Normandie (FR), is campaigning to voice its views under the future Spanish Presidency of the European Union.
A delegation led by Dolores Gorostiaga Sáiz, Vice-President of the Cantabrian Government, Philippe Bonneau, Vice-President of Basse-Normandie Region representing the Atlantic Arc Presidency, and Philippe Duron, Chair of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities, was in Madrid on Wednesday 9th September to meet the Spanish State Secretary for the EU, Diego López Garrido.
During the meeting, the Regions of Europe’s Atlantic coast called for a strong, pro-active strategy for the Atlantic Area, which would be led together by the European Commission, national governments and regions as part of a new partnership.
For more information about the project, please contact
tel. +358 44 708 0083
A round table discussion on The Regions Facing the Crisis was held today in Brussels on the initiative of the
President of the Principality of Asturias (ES), Vincente Álvarez Areces, with the participation of a number of
CPMR Regions from all the major sea areas.
The speech that Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Joe Borg was gave during the General Assembly of the CPMR North Sea Commission.
Claudio Martini, President of the CPMR and of Tuscany Region yesterday addressed a letter to the Presidents of the European Parliament Political Groups inviting them to set up a specific Committee dedicated to maritime and coastal affairs.
Creative and Innovative Regions is the theme of the 6th Progress Report on Economic and Social Cohesion adopted by the Commission yesterday. This report analyses how creativity and innovation boost regional development. The more developed EU regions tend to score well on most creativity and innovation indicators, such as core creative class, R&D and human capital intensity. The less developed regions, however, outperform the rest of the EU on a few indicators, in particular on productivity growth, which is the main driver of the continuing regional convergence.
This report also includes a short summary of the 391 responses to the Green Paper on Territorial Cohesion. It is accompanied by 11 factsheets which map and analyse key creativity and innovation indicators. This report marks one of the building blocks in the wider debate on the future Cohesion Policy and will feed into the Fifth Cohesion Report on Economic and Social Cohesion, due for publication in autumn 2010. Numerous other events and discussions will help to shape the proposal for the reform of the policy which the Commission will present following the EU budget review.
Evaluation of the action plan and the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy will be discussed during the meeting
The 16th edition of Employment Week will take place on 24-25 June 2009, once again at the Management Centre Europe in Brussels.
Economic downturns are worrying times for everyone, particularly when unemployment is on the rise. It will take some time before markets begin to operate within normal conditions again. But we might like to remind ourselves that economic decline is part of a cycle, better times will return, and businesses and governments need to ensure that Europe is also prepared for the economic upturn.
The Employment Week 2009 programme will look at today’s challenges and opportunities:
First, looking at Europe’s human capital, the conference’s agenda will focus on skills development and evaluate how the European workforce is coping with change. Secondly, the programme will also present how the European labour market, more generally speaking, is responding to the current economic situation with respect to competitiveness, innovation and restructuring.
Deadline : 5 June 2009
The overall objective of the project is the highlighting, recovery and joint promotion of the maritime cultural heritage of the Atlantic Coast, related to the whaling activity of its fishing people.
The Cooperation Platform for Territorial Cohesion (COPTA) was designed to support information and communication among all concerned with the Territorial Agenda of the EU and its implementation process.
The financial, economic and social crisis calls for a radical change in the European development model.
Such a change can only be made if there is a coming together of will and potential. At European level, the
introduction of a real system of multi-level governance systematically involving the regional authorities in discussions led by national governments and the European Union, and in the introduction of EU and national policies, would help make a significant step forward in this direction.
The manifesto calls for the establishment and implementation of a “European Territorial Pact” that could give substance to this idea and for the European Commission to organise an extraordinary meeting bringing together national and regional leaders from Europe to lay the foundations for this pact.
The Presidents of all the Regions of Europe are invited to sign it as a show of support for these proposals.
The CPMR launched last month an enquiry among its member Regions inviting them to answer a questionnaire “How are the Regions tackling the financial and economic crisis?” which aims to collect experiences of each Region on the type of measures and the funding mobilized within regional budgets to cope with the crisis.
Two meetings are planned after the enquiry:
• A policy workshop to exchange experiences, in July 2009 (date to be confirmed) in Brussels (BE)
This workshop will be designed to pool and compare the measures implemented by regional leaders with a view to identifying good practices and stumbling blocks.
• A seminar on “European responses to the crisis: what do the Regions expect?”, on 27 November 2009 in Marseille at the invitation of Mr Michel Vauzelle, President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region (FR)
This major political event will aim to present to the new EU institutions (Commission and Parliament) what the Regions are expecting in terms of EU public policies for the medium- and long-term to cope with the
specific problems caused by the crisis
“With the new European integrated maritime policy, that we are building , our coastal Regions will remain instrumental in securing Europe’s global competitiveness and a high quality of life for all our citizens”.
A quotation from Mr José Manuel Durao Barroso, President of the European Commission during the European Maritime Day in Rome.
The European Union has declared 20th May to be “European Maritime Day”. For the second year running, the Commission is inviting the different European stakeholders to join in this celebration of the sea and the oceans with a series of events in Rome from 18th to 20th May and by encouraging the organisation of events in the maritime regions.
The CPMR is very much involved in promoting a Europe-wide maritime policy. In this regard, we feel that it would be wise to suggest that our Member Regions express this common will by sending out the same message through different channels of communication.
You will find below a message co-signed by Claudio Martini, President of the CPMR, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of Brittany and leader of the CPMR’s Aquamarina working group. It is available in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
We invite our Member Regions to publish it on 20th May through the media of your choice:
- On your regional authority’s website;
- In your regional press;
- Or through any other channel you might deem useful, either by reproducing the text as it stands or by issuing it on your own behalf, taking care nevertheless to refer to the CPMR’s action in this area.
The conference will be held at Helwan University in Egypt from Saturday 24th to Monday 26th October 2009. The theme of the conference regards the development and the territories of the Mediterranean in an Integrated Relational Tourism approach.
Échéance / Deadline: 30 June 2009
The action aims at supporting networks of destinations at local and regional level so as to create a favourable framework for tourism sustainability, to improve the cooperation on sustainability issues through tourism networks, to increase the level of awareness of enterprises, in particular SMEs, about good practices, and to foster sustainability-driven innovation in the tourism sector.
Claudio Martini has written a letter to José Manuel Barroso in which he asks the European Commission for more flexibility in implementing cohesion policy
The negotiations on the follow-up to be given to the Kyoto Protocol on climate issues will be held at the end of 2009 in Copenhagen in the framework of COP15 (Conference of Parties). Given their remit and responsibilities, the regional governments want to be taken into account in the future world organisation to combat climate change. They are getting organised to ensure their presence during these negotiations and are already undertaking work along these lines at international level.
CPMR’s regions are involved in these activities via nrg4SD (Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development), of which the CPMR has been a founder member since 2002.
An initial position has been drafted emphasising the place and role of the regional level. You will find the text in the attached documents.
This text presents the position the regional level might have regarding the contribution it is able to make in the fight against climate change and also aims to open the way for regions to be involved from an operational point of view, including access to funding.
If CPMR’s member regions agree with the terms of this position, they are kindly asked to send it without delay to their respective governments who might take advantage of this action to support the position of the regions in the upcoming international negotiations.
This is a voluntary initiative. The main thing is for the regional level to be present in this negotiation which is of the utmost importance for all levels of governance.
Päijät-Häme region is seeking particularly partners for exchange of best practices and information. At the moment there are no specific plans to apply for a program/project, but in a longer run that can be also a possibility.
For further information, please contact :
South Finland EU-Office
Avenue de Tervueren 35
Tel. +32 2 282 03 70
Fax. +32 2 742 32 88
ProAgria is searching for international partners to the project that is promoting tourism product development as a tool for easing off the effects of structural change of rural areas. Product development will be based on local networks and carried out by promoting the values of sustainable development. The basis for the project consists of local and international networking and dimensions of product development around rural tourism. The project planning is coordinated by ProAgria Rural Advisory Centre Häme, Finland in association with 4-5 international partners. A specific funding program will be decided in cooperation with project partners.
If you are interested in cooperation, please contact Mr. Vanhamäki directly:
Isto Vanhamäki, MSc
Business advisor, tourism
ProAgria Rural Advisory Centre, Häme
Mariankatu 8 A, 15110 LAHTI, FINLAND
+358 20 747 3031
Further to the European Commission’s communication of 3 September 2008, ”A European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research”, the CPMR has adopted a policy position.
The Regions and the CPMR wish to consolidate both their contribution towards implementing the European strategy for marine and maritime research as well as the way the regional dimension is taken on board within this strategy.
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It’s a service of the Council of Europe and its Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, developed and implemented with the support of the Italian government and brought to you in co-operation with the Committee of the Regions of the European Union and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and moreover the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CRPM).
The CPMR took part in the Conference on territorial cohesion and the future of the cohesion policy, held on 30-31 October 2008 in Paris. The speech of Xavier Gizard, Secretary General and summaries of the workshops are available on the following links.
On 23rd September 2008, the CPMR sent a letter to the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee members. While satisfied with the European Union’s environmental objectives, the CPMR hopes that the current instruments make a positive contribution to the sustainable development of the EU’s most isolated and remote territories.
Therefore, the CPMR very much welcomes Compromise Amendment 4, recently adopted by the Parliament’s ITRE Committee within the framework of Mme Ek’s report on the “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC so as to improve and extend the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme of the Community”.
This amendment relates to Article 1§7 of the proposed Directive, which defines what the revenues generated from the auctioning of emission allowances should be used for. The amendment adds the following (*) to the list proposed by the Commission: (*summary of the text)
“to mitigate the impact of the Community scheme on regions affected by special geographic and demographic challenges, by assisting them in developing a sustainable energy policy”
We hope that the Parliament ENVI Committee, which is soon to discuss this proposed Directive, will be intent on (whilst examining the opinion of the ITRE Committee) taking up the aforementioned provision. This would have the great credit of ensuring that the fight against the causes of climate change effectively contributes to strengthening territorial cohesion within the European Union.