News – CPMR addresses the future of EU with a Brexit backdrop – June 13, 2019
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) met in Donegal (Ireland) for its Political Bureau on 13 June. Shortly after the European elections, it is a key moment for the CPMR regions to strengthen the position of peripheral maritime regions as the major voice on its core areas of work.
The Political Bureau is the main decision-maker of the CPMR. Meeting twice a year, it proposes policy guidelines for the General Assembly and implements decisions.
CPMR Political Bureau members held a discussion on the future of Europe, and the issues that matter for peripheral maritime regions beyond EU budget negotiations, in view of adopting a manifesto. Cohesion as a strategic European policy, the democratic health of Europe, climate change and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at regional level were some of the main issues raised during the debate.
Donegal provided the background landscape for the CPMR discussions on the place to be given to territories in the future of the EU post-2020, with a focus on EU Budget, the EMFF, the territorial agenda.
Vasco Cordeiro, CPMR President, said: “From implementing the SDGs to addressing the impact of Brexit, peripheral maritime regions are at the forefront of the EU and global agenda. We need to reassert the role of peripheral maritime regions and ensure that our voice is heard in the coming critical months.”
Throughout the Political Bureau meeting, CPMR members also stressed the important of territorial cooperation for the post-2020 period, discussed the impact of Brexit for the fisheries sector, and emphasized the principle of accessibility in light of the upcoming consultation on Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
The CPMR Political Bureau congratulated the President of the Regional Executive Committee of Västerbotten (Sweden) and CPMR Vice-President for transport Erik Bergkvist, and Pierre Karleskind, Vice-president of the Brittany Region (France), for their recent election as Members of the European Parliament.
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions brings together some 160 Regions from 25 States from the European Union and beyond. Representing about 200 million people, the CPMR campaigns in favour of a more balanced development of the European territory. It operates both as a think tank and as a lobby for Regions.
Through its extensive network of contacts within the EU institutions and national governments the CPMR has, since its creation in 1973, been targeting its action towards ensuring that the needs and interests of its Member Regions are taken into account in policies with a high territorial impact.
It focuses mainly on social, economic and territorial cohesion, maritime policies and blue growth, and accessibility. European governance, energy and climate change, neighbourhood and development also represent important areas of activity for the association.