Traveling to the Caribbean region during the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) conference held in Tortola, Virgin Islands, MP Maurice Ponga took advantage of his presence in the region to make a Stop in Saint-Martin, where he was received on 26 last February by President Aline Hanson.
This visit of courtesy has created a valuable link between the Community of Saint Martin, which is an Ultraperipheral Region of Europe (RUP), and a member of the European Parliament. Especially since Maurice Ponga is a native of New Caledonia and represents the Pacific section of the Overseas Territory in the European Parliament.
Among the issues addressed, the issue of European funds has been widely discussed. President Hanson referred to PO 2014-2020 (54,4 M € in favor of Saint-Martin under the ERDF / ESF), and the fact that Guadeloupe remained the managing authority for this Operational Plan, despite the creation of A dedicated axis for Saint-Martin. The President also took advantage of this meeting to explain to the Member the legal issues encountered by the Community in Europe, in particular concerning the request for the creation of a NUTS Code for Saint Martin which has not yet been finalized. As the treatment of ordinary law for our Collectivity which is sometimes prejudicial to it. The implementation of the Cross-Border Cooperation OP with Sint Maarten (EUR 10 million) was also presented to the MEP, who found it very wise that joint projects with our neighbors in Sint Maarten could be initiated with European funds in The goal of catching up on infrastructure (sanitation, drinking water, etc.).
The President also told the MEP her wish to see Saint-Martin one day become a territory of observation, in fields as varied as education, marine biodiversity, sustainable energy; Maurice Ponga assured the President of her support to Brussels "to advance the files of Saint-Martin".