Regions emphasize importance of involving them in Juncker Plan
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) called for a stronger involvement of the regions in implementing the Juncker Plan when meeting the European Commission on 3-4 February 2015.
Vasco Alves Cordeiro, CPMR President, met with Corina Crețu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and Carlos Moedas European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
Amongst other issues, CPMR President Cordeiro expressed his concern that "the Juncker plan might not reach out to regions which do not have an extensive experience with these instruments and lack the relevant structures to tap into the European Strategic Investment Fund," and called for an active collaboration on financial instruments between the CPMR and the European Commission. He emphasised the CPMR’s wish to help mobilise investments made by the regions through the European Strategic Investment Fund. At his meeting with Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, the CPMR emphasized the links between the maritime and marine research dimension of the Juncker plan and structural funds.
The CPMR also presented a formal statement addressed to the European Institutions on these issues.
For more information see CPMR press release: http://www.crpm.org/pub/presse/256_en_communiqu_rencontrecordeiro-02-2015.pdf