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Honourable Teva Rohfritsch, Vice President of French Polynesia, took over chairmanship of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association in the name of Edouard Fritch, President of French Polynesia. Congratulation and best of luck to French Polynesia for this highly responsible position and engaging duty.
It will be special engagement and responsibility of Caroline Tang, EU Representative but it will be the continuation of her successful work up to now, and we wish the best of luck in the coming very important period for Overseas Countries and Territories in the post 2020 period.
Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to promotion of Turks and Caicos Islands and Overseas Countries and Territories. Congratulation and thanks for great activities and extraordinary cooperation. We had very appreciated privilege and honour in hosting press club Turks and Caicos Islands BRUZZ in Brussels on 13th of July 2017. Congratulation to Tracy Knight EU Representative of Turks and Caicos Islands for her great work as member of ExCo and EU Representative of the Chairmanship of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association.
Carol Voges, Representative of Sint Maarten, EU Overseas Territory, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has been re-elected as president of the Executive Committee of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association. The most sincere congratulation to Sint Maarten and to Carol for this re-election which presents the best recognition of the high devotion and high success in moving of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association ahead in this very important period for its post 2020 future.
Governor Edison Rijna, Governor of Bonaire, EU Overseas Territory, special municipality (officially “public body”) within the country of the Netherlands, presented OCTA Innovation pilot project at the 16th Ministerial meeting of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association. Pilot project Bonaire Algae Parc’s aim is to increase the level of food production and economic diversification in Bonaire through establishing a sustainable production chain in the field of micro-algae.
Janice Panton, MBE, EU Representative of Montserrat called upon the heads of the governments of the EU Overseas Countries and Territories to embrace Systemic Innovation for the sustainable development of their regions. Innovation is the only way to progress for all economies and entities of the European Union and its regions as well as of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.
Innovation needs to be impregnated in tissue of the economies across all sectors, to lead to the prosperity of the society of the Overseas Countries and Territories. To address systemic issues of the Overseas Countries and Territories, specific innovation approach and particular set of actions need to be taken to have innovation as a real driver of the economy and wider of the society. This specific approach has been recognised and developed to be implemented as Systemic Innovation for Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.
How to make the most of EU resources for regions and cities?
The new free massive open online course (MOOC) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is online today on 15 January 2018.
The EU recognizes that seal hunting is an integral part of the socio-economy, nutrition, culture and identity of Inuit and other indigenous communities. Geographically speaking, the relevant areas in this respect are primarily Greenland, Nunavut and Northwest Territories in Canada. It is recognized that seal hunting provides a major contribution to the subsistence and development of indigenous peoples in these areas: providing food and income to support the life and sustainable livelihood of the community, preserving and continuing the traditional existence of the community.
For these reasons the EU legislation allows under certain conditions for the placing on the EU market of seal products, which result from hunts conducted by Inuit.
Discours d’introduction par le Député Européen Maurice Ponga à l’occasion du BRUZZ sur la Nouvelle-Calédonie, le 6 novembre 2017.
Monsieur le Président du Gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie,
Je suis heureux d’être présent aujourd’hui avec vous pour cet évènement qui met à l’honneur la Nouvelle-Calédonie.
Comme vous le savez Bruxelles est à plus de 20 000 km de Nouméa, ce qui rend la communication parfois compliquée. Alors je suis content qu’un tel évènement ait lieu car il permet de renforcer les liens entre la Nouvelle-Calédonie et l’Union européenne.
Je suis de ceux qui défendent une relation approfondie et privilégiée entre l’Union européenne et ses PTOM.
Les PTOM devraient être selon moi des ambassadeurs de l’Union européenne dans leur région respective et ainsi faire rayonner les valeurs et principes européens sur tous les océans.
Mais les PTOM de par leurs atouts et spécificités peuvent également être des laboratoires d’expérience pour l’Europe. Je pense notamment en matière environnementale ou encore, énergétique, mais les domaines sont nombreux.
La Nouvelle-Calédonie a développé une véritable stratégie en matière d’innovation au service d’une économie durable et respectueuse de sa diversité biologique.
Cette dernière pourrait devenir un centre d’excellence européen dans la région Pacifique. Et j’en suis convaincu, le Pacifique est une région d’avenir et l’Europe doit y porter une attention toute particulière. C’est une région géostratégique à plusieurs niveaux et l’Union européenne se doit d’y être présente.
Je vous remercie.
This letter from the European Parliament (EP) is requesting the European Commission (EC) to treat both Sint Maarten and Saint Martin equally with regards to the EU funding they can access for the reconstruction of the entire island. The French side due to its status as a European OR has access to many EU funding sources such as the solidarity fund and the newly adopted natural disaster fund that offer financial assistance for reconstruction after natural disasters. Last Wednesday during a debate at the EP many Dutch and French MEPs reiterated the need for the equal treatment of both sides of the island. The message being that we are all EU citizens and should therefore in times of dire need be treated equally and not abandoned by the EU. The Commissioner present promised after the debate to do all within his power to help. Although this will be a long process, it is a battle worth fighting, not only for Sint Maarten, but for islands, such as, Anguilla, St. Barths, Saba, Statia, BVI and TCI that have the same status as we do on the Dutch side. We have all been hit by hurricane Irma and need to do all within our power to acquire external assistance in order to rebuild our countries in a more sustainable manner to the paradises they have always been.