The General Assembly of the Atlantic Arc Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) was held on 9 and 10 June 2011 in La Rochelle (FR), at the invitation of Ségolène Royal, President of Poitou-Charentes Region (FR).
The European Strategy for the Atlantic was at the heart of the debates. As confirmed by Paul Nemitz (Head of Unit within DG MARE) during his speech, this strategy will be presented by the European Commission in the autumn.
Laurent Beauvais, President of the Atlantic Arc Commission and of Basse-Normandie Region (FR) emphasised the closeness to, and the projects that should emerge from, the Atlantic Strategy, by calling upon the European Commission for the Regions to be involved during the presentation of the Communication.
The meeting particularly focused on the sectors that could benefit from the implementation of this strategy, including renewable marine energies, transport, marine research and nautical tourism. In her speech, Ségolène Royal, President of Poitou-Charentes Region stated that the Atlantic Strategy must speed up the ecological transformation of the Atlantic Regions and proposed an “industrial project, shared by the whole Atlantic, for example for the renewable marine energy sector”.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of the CPMR and of Brittany Region, invited the Atlantic Regions to take action with a view to the new Regulations that will govern Regional Policy post-2013, “The action taken needs to be continued so that the Atlantic Strategy is included amongst the priority areas for the definition of the future macro-regional strategies.”
On Regional Policy, Alain Rousset, President of Aquitaine Region (FR) underlined the need to link the Atlantic Strategy and the negotiations on the future of Structural Funds, especially the ESF. “Thanks to this support, it is possible to give youth a chance; they are currently hit hard by unemployment.”
Finally, Alain Cadec (EPP-FR), MEP, announced that the European Parliament would present an own-initiative report on the actions to be carried out in the framework of this strategy. Mr Cadec also confirmed the creation of an Atlantic Forum to feed into the discussions on the content of the Strategy.
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