Kick-off of the Outermost Regions Forum with Commissioners Ferreira, Breton and Sinkevičius
Commissioners Ferreira, Sinkevičius and Breton will participate to the Outermost Regions Forum that will take place on 12, 13 and 14 October 2020 in a fully virtual mode under the headline “Together for a sustainable future”.
The Forum will take stock of the unprecedented challenging situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and its strong socio-economic impact on the nine EU outermost regions and discuss recovery solutions for a targeted response to the crisis. In line with the European Green Deal, the Forum will focus, in particular, on climate action and biodiversity, circular economy and blue economy as key areas for the recovery of these regions.
The Outermost Regions Forum is a high-level, multi-stakeholder event hosted every three years by the Commissioner responsible for cohesion policy. It brings together the Presidents of the outermost regions, the Ministers/Secretaries of State of their three Member States and of the Council Presidency, high-level representatives of the European institutions and experts interested in learning from the experience of these EU regions.
Ahead of the Forum, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, yesterday said:
“The Commission as a whole is strongly committed to providing tailor-made support to the outermost regions across its various policies. I am deeply concerned about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on these remote regions, which were hit particularly hard, especially in the transport and tourism sectors. This is why I am keen to discuss how to support these regions' recovery within our dedicated strategy, which remains fully valid and allows us to adapt our measures to the unprecedented situation and help to bring much needed growth and jobs to these regions.”
Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, yesterday highlighted the importance of seizing all available means to boost outermost regions' economic recovery:
“NextGenerationEU must benefit those who have been the most affected by the crisis, such as the EU outermost regions. I encourage our outermost regions to seize NextGenerationEU to exploit their unique assets to recover from the crisis stronger and to diversify their economies for a stronger resilience. The outermost regions can count on our support.”
Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, added:
“Outermost regions have strong natural assets – unique biodiversity, rich renewable energy sources – that they can exploit to recover from the crisis and into the path of a greener and more sustainable economy. I am committed to shape circular economy and biodiversity solutions tailored to the outermost regions, also by enshrining their specificities in our Green Deal actions. In turn, I count on these regions to contribute to our greening efforts by becoming circular economy champions.”
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