Outermost Regions: An Asset For Europe

Original Language Title: Regiões ultraperiféricas: Um trunfo para a Europa

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1 draft resolution No. 534/X/4th outermost regions an asset to Europe "within the framework of the activity of monitoring, assessment and pronunciation of the European initiatives the European Affairs Commission has developed, based on law No. 43/2006 of 25 August, a process of extensive scrutiny of the initiative of the European Commission on the communication from the Commission-the outermost regions : an asset for Europe.

The European Commission on this communication, recognizes the importance and great potential of the outermost regions in the context of the Union. And, in view of the geographical and economic reality of the omrs, different from each other and in relation to other European regions, due to their remoteness, insularity, small surface area, topography and climate and economic dependence of external products they have, in the European regulatory framework, a statute to be respected throughout the Union. Whereas this reality constitutes a disadvantage factor for sustainable development and harmonious of the UPRs, the Union proposed a strategy of deepening this problematic that minimize their disadvantages and promote the economic, social and territorial cohesion of these regions.

The Commission considers and recognizes the strategic importance and great potential of the omrs to the future of Europe, defining specific areas to enhance and support, in particular in sectors of high added value, such as: the agri-food industry, biodiversity, renewable energy, astrophysics, aerospace, oceanography, volcanology and seismology and the important role of the ORS as outposts of the European Union in the world.

2 Advocates, too, a new paradigm for the ORS and the global challenges proposes a set of strategic actions which include: climate change, energy policy and environmental policy; demographic change and migration flows; regional integration; Agriculture; EU maritime policy and common fisheries policy; mechanisms to support the OUTERMOST REGIONS, in the context of cohesion policy; adequacy of transport policy; financing of projects related to research, technological development, innovation and competitiveness; strong focus on information and communication technologies.

In this context, considered the European Affairs Committee (CAE) is a matter of relevant national and regional interest by which proposed, for the purposes of a thorough and comprehensive analysis, the creation of a decentralized, open and plural debate about the contents of this document and their implications for the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira.

The CAE has decided to collect contributions along from diverse public and private entities, the autonomous regions and the Mainland. It was also requested to the other Permanent Committees opinion of the Assembly of the Republic. It was intended to, in this way, assessing whether specific measures and instruments recommended in favour of the omrs are suitable for the development of the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira, after a year and a half after the public consultation carried out by the European Commission in September 2007.

Analyzed the contributions of the various entities consulted it turns out that, despite the importance of action by the Union to support the development of European outermost regions, in the context of the internal and external changes that occur at European level and globally, with predictable impact on the OUTERMOST REGIONS, it is necessary today more than ever, a pragmatic and differentiated strategy in favour of these regions which takes into account : the sufficiency of means; the treatment of all the OUTERMOST REGIONS; equal opportunities; the valuation of potential; the coherence between policies; strengthening the institutional partnership.

3 were also identified various areas where ongoing measures, since 2007, to the development of the autonomous regions, were considered less suitable, in particular, the materials recommended for the following policies: transport; The information society; Energy; Investigation of technological development and common commercial Policy.

This survey, around this initiative of the European Commission, for the quality and quantity of information collected with various public and private entities and institutions, constitutes a useful working tool for policy makers on European issues and, more specifically, on matters relating to the OUTERMOST REGIONS.

Of the elements in the presence, it can be concluded that, although all policies aimed at mitigating the costs and the problems underlying the insularity RUP and turn them into an "asset to Europe", there is still much to do to make this a reality.

So, in view of the foregoing, and pursuant to the constitutional provisions and regulations applicable, the Parliament recommends the Government: 1. Pay particular attention to information of the CAE's report and annexes on the communication from the Commission-' the outermost regions: an asset for Europe in pursuing the policies inherent to the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira.

2. To support the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in particular in the first half of 2010, during which the topic of the ORS will be on the European agenda, given the high importance of these issues to Portugal.

Assembly of the Republic, 07 July 2009 4 Commission Vice-President Luis Pais Antunes