Outermost regions: scaling up cooperation

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Thu 15, October 2020
15:30 - 17:00 CET
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The workshop will present cooperation between outermost regions (ORs) and their neighbours, focusing on the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and cooperation projects supported by the EU, bringing together ORs and their neighbours in Macaronesia.


15:30 - 15:45

Keynote: Mr Sidi, vice-president of Mayotte (TBC) 

Moderator : Cyrielle Cuirassier, Representation of Mayotte in Paris/Brussels

Introduction : Paula Duarte Gaspar, European Commission, DG REGIO -  Head of Unit “Outermost Regions”

Session 1 - 15:45 -16:20

The integration of ORs into their regional environment

- Mayotte, Europe's bridgehead in the Mozambique Channel: strategic framework for cooperation with Tanzania, Comoros and Madagascar on energy, waste management, etc. Michèle Balourd, Director - Departmental Council of Mayotte.

-Martinique’s Strategy towards continued integration within its home basin. Focus on the Membership within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Maguy Marie-Jeanne, Territorial Collectivity of Martinique,


Session 2 - 16:20 - 17:00

Cohesion policy, a lever effect for territorial cooperation

- CLIMA-RISK Project, technological solutions in response to natural disasters - Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo, Canary Islands Institute of Technology.

- ADAPTaRES project: adaptation to climate change in Macaronesia - María del Pino Palacios Díaz, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Filipe Oliveira, President of the Regional Agency for Energy and Environment of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (AREAM).  

Jean-Benoit Cruz-Lecat, END, European Commission, Belgium.
Cyrielle Cuirassier, Representaive, Représention de Mayotte in Paris/Brussels, France.
Michèle Balourd, Director of European affairs and regional cooperation, Conseil régional Mayotte, France.
Paula Duarte Gaspar, Head of Unit, European Commission, Belgium.
Maguy Marie-Jeanne, Director of External affairs and Commissioner of OECO, Conseil territorial de la Martinique, France.
Filipe Oliveira, President, Regional Agency for Energy and Environment of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Portugal.
Gonzalo Piernavieja, Director, Istituto tecnologico de Canarias, Spain.
Mohamed Sidi, Vice-President of Mayotte, Conseil départemental de Mayotte, France.
María del Pino Palacios Díaz, Professor, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
Cohesion and Cooperation
European Commission
English (EN), Español (ES), Français (FR), Português (PT)

Session summary

The workshop discussed the specific features of outermost regions’ cooperation with their neighbours and how it can support regional growth and integration. The Commission seeks to facilitate this cooperation through new EU regulations for 2021-2027 (NDICI and Interreg).

The workshop also discussed how to address common challenges through cooperation among regional organisations such as the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the Association of Caribbean States within the Caribbean Basin.

To illustrate the benefits of cooperation, the workshop presented two projects funded by the EU:

CLIMA-RISK, an international cooperation project for the development of solutions in response to the effects of natural disasters (Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Senegal and Mauritania).

ADAPTaRES, on adaptation to climate change through rational use of water in Macaronesia (Madeira, Canarias and Cabo Verde).

Take away message

Co-operation among the outermost regions and with their neighbours is important to address common challenges and boost growth. It is important that Interreg support this co-operation.

The  Commission is asked to ensure synergies between theERDF/Interreg and NDICI financing instruments so that joint programming works in practice; and EU Delegations are asked to support such cooperation. Joining up regional organisations and task forces could help the outermost regions overcome obstacles in cooperation with their neighbours.


Marie-Jeanne Maguy: Belonging to regional organisations makes us more aware of international negotiations, more able to understand our environment, the world, more technically and politically mature.

Mohamed Sidi: No territory will cope alone with this health crisis: regional cooperation is necessary.

Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo: This is an example of the potential of the outermost regions to transfer technology and experience to neighbouring countries.

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