Proposals from the JP Eurodeputies approved today in Strasbourg.
The MPs of the PSD in the European Parliament, Álvaro Amaro and Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar, have today seen the first report of the European Parliament for the new European Strategy for the RUP, which integrates 45 proposals of its own, among them the need for an Action Plan, “so that this strategy does not become only a set of generic intentions and that has an impact on the future of these regions,” they say.
Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar, member of the Transport and Tourism Committee, underlines that “this document could not fail to refer to key sectors such as transport and tourism, in which we advocate the development of pilot projects in the RUP, for their particularities as sustainable destinations. On the other hand, we wanted to strengthen the contribution these regions can make to the knowledge and advancement of the blue economy, but we asked that there be robust investment in blue and research literacy projects, with the participation of RUP universities in European ecosystem and biodiversity research networks.”
In view of the fact that these regions contribute to the in-depth knowledge of the oceans, and can take a prominent position in the fight against pollution, “We call for the creation of a Marine Pollution Combat Center in one of the 9 European RUPs and, by its unique characteristics, I think that Madeira is the best place for the installation of this Center”, continues the PSD’s eurodeputada, which, in this context, called for Europe projects.
Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar also points to transport as a key sector in the development of RUPs, stating that this strategy cannot be designed without the mobility of people and goods between, from and to the RUP being met, in particular at the level of the application of fair tariffs. “We therefore ask for the document approved by the Commission to submit a specific RUP competition through the Interconnect Europe mechanism for alternative fuel supply infrastructures in major ports, airports and terrestrial transport, without forgetting the former PSD claim, now reinforced, of integration of these regions into the priority corridors of the trans-European transport network,” he said.
The European Parliament also requested technical support for the Ultraperipheral Regions to be able to access funding for large infrastructure projects within the InvestEU. And, as it could not be, “we insisted on creating a POSEI Transport”, he said.
Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar who has not ceased to regret “the rejection of support for the acquisition of new small-scale vessels within FEAMPA, so important to the Azores and Madeira”, advancing that “we will again insist on the replacement of POSEI Pescas, so that this and other needs of the sector in the RUP have response”.
For Eurodeputate Álvaro Amaro, a member of the Regional Development Committee, “this document is of particular importance for the Ultraperipheral Regions, since it constitutes guidelines for work for these Regions for the coming years. But we wanted to go further, and we asked for an action plan, designed for this new strategy with the participation of regional and local authorities. Proposal which, having been approved at this early stage, brings us good perspectives on what the European Commission can do.
“I am pleased with the meetings we have held and the contributions we have collected from regional actors, the document approved today includes our amendments in areas relevant to the Azores and Madeira. Since the strengthening of the traditional sectors, such as the investment in tourism and the blue economy, creating opportunities for improvements in transport and even the introduction of social concerns “, adds Social Democrata.
On the proposals for the primary sector, Álvaro Amaro states that “we are defending the strengthening of POSEI Agriculture, already for the future community framework, and the importance of co-financing rates for the RUP in FEADER to 85%. We ask for measures to attract young professionals to this sector, as well as the increase in amounts for the promotion of PDO, PGI, biological, RUP seal, among others.”
It is to be noted that this report was approved today with 614 votes in favour, 20 against and 59 abstentions.
The Commission also stressed that, in the proposals submitted by the Social Democrats, approved today by Parliament, the defence of the maintenance of tax derogations for the Azores and Madeira; the need for the provision of reliable, harmonized and updated data on all RUPs; a financial increase for RUPs in the framework of Erasmus+ and mobility for third countries with historical link to the RUP; the possibility of the IPSS of these regions to access the