The XXth Conference of Presidents of the ORs met in Guadeloupe, the 04, 05 and 06 February 2015, the Presidents of the Outermost Regions (RUP), including the Community of Saint Martin in the person of 1er Vice-President Guillaume ARNELL representing the President , European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Ms Corina CRETU, as well as representatives of the European Parliament and national governments.
The Conference of the Presidents of the ORs, whose purpose is to defend the specificities and interests of its regions on a European scale, marked the end of the Guadeloupe Presidency and its transition to Madeira . The Presidents also adopted a final declaration highlighting the major challenges facing all outermost regions such as unemployment and youth employment, fisheries regulation, the importance of regional cooperation, accessibility And the need for structural catch-up in infrastructure.
In his various speeches, the 1er Vice-President Guillaume Arnell explained all the sectors that represent real issues of territorial development such as energy autonomy - supported by the European Union, which favors renewable energies and for which the Territories of the ORs have significant potentialities - regional integration as well as trade cooperation with the neighboring territories of the area. He highlighted the contrast between the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and the developmental delays experienced by the Territory in relation to other European regions and, consequently, the Community's desire to promote development comparable to that of other regions which are experiencing A high rate of growth and a sufficient level of equipment and infrastructure.
The 1er Vice-President expressed his satisfaction at the allocation for the first time of an operational program for cross-border cooperation for Saint-Martin, while noting the need to provide suitable modalities for sharing the island, So that it can be implemented. In this connection, he referred to the Commission's reflection on the need for coordination between the outermost regions and third countries, since it was in the region that the island wanted to develop its assets. He finally recalled the need to maintain a stronger partnership with the European Commission.
The Community of Saint-Martin, in the person of Mr Thierry GOMBS, DGA of the human development division, and Mrs Salammbo GUIBERT-SOUTADE, in charge of the DGA, also took part in the thematic session dedicated to employment which Within the framework of the Conference. Following this thematic session, all the ORs adopted an 2015 action plan focusing on the green and blue economy, which reaffirms the need for joint actions and exchanges of good practice in sectors such as: Agriculture and sustainable tourism, the sector of new technologies for waste treatment, alternative energy and maritime resources, which constitute employment-generating sectors. All these orientations were presented to the Presidents of the ORs who reaffirmed the importance that should be given to the employment especially of the youngest and the desire to be endowed with a specific instrument for employment in the outermost regions.