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Objectives

For a creative, sustainable and united Euroregion in Horizon 2020


Declaration of the presidents

 

The Euroregion Pyrenees Mediterranean was born in 2004 out of the strong political will of a group of pioneer leaders with the common objective of forming a benchmark cooperation hub based on innovation, sustainable development and territorial integration.

 

Based on the evidence that, like the European Union, the Euroregion aims to overcome borders –physical, regulatory, natural, cultural or linguistic– in order to achieve a general interest shared by people with a common history, crossed ambitions and a de facto linked destiny.

 

Euroregional cooperation has taken an significant step forward thanks to the creation, in 2009, of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). The Euroregion decided to rely on this legal structure of Community law in order to equip itself with the necessary means to carry out common actions and projects and present them to the different existing European programs. Being one of the first Euroregional organizations created in Europe, in 2014 the Committee of the Regions considered it as the "best structure for European territorial cooperation", a real laboratory that has subsequently served as inspiration for other initiatives.

Given its demographic, economic and territorial dimension, the institutions that are part of the Euroregion –the Occitania Region, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands– today have an important weight in southern Europe, since they constitute an important territory with 14 million inhabitants in which resources can be pooled and complementarities accentuated.

 

The main objective that the EPM set for itself in 2004 was the consolidation of the influence of the three territories on the European scene, thereby actively contributing to European policies and being able to mobilize itself to obtain European funds for the territories. Today, in order to intensify the coherence of our cooperation and following its tenth anniversary (in 2014), it seems necessary that we equip ourselves with a strategic framework that defines its main lines of work until 2020.


In this way and with new challenges, we will gain visibility by allowing successive presidencies to lean on a solid political project based on the following priorities:


- Develop the Euroregional ecosystem of innovation.

- Contribute to the sustainable development of the territory.

- Deepen into the Euroregional identity.


This roadmap is based on three great basic principles with the aim of clarifying in a sustainable way a Europe that is closer to its citizens. These principles must guide the political investment and the EGTC's framework for action:

 

  1. Act with and for the territory proposing public policies adapted to the needs of the actors of our territories and demonstrating the added value of cooperation. In this sense, the members of the Euroregion consider that insularity should be taken into account in the design and policies of the European Union.

  2. Help to respond to shared European challenges, because the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion is also a unique opportunity to strengthen the European vocation of its territories for the benefit of its fellow citizens and to gain recognition among community institutions. Actions need to contribute to the objectives of the 2020 Strategy of the European Union in terms of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and be part of the European programs.

  3. Play an active role in the Mediterranean, since it is a strategic space in terms of growth and development, vector of other potential challenges and for the future that, at the same time, is also a space of risks. The Mediterranean represents a common feature of the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion, which wishes to be recognized today as a relevant interlocutor in the debates that prepare the future Mediterranean relations, as well as in the cooperation that takes place not only with the southern shore, but also with other Mediterranean regions.

 

This reference document commits each of the institutions that are part of the Euroregion, guiding the mandate of the successive presidencies until the 2020 horizon. This roadmap will be implemented, day by day, by the EGTC Pyrenees Mediterranean, which will rely on a renewed governance to strengthen its role as animator and promoter of innovative initiatives at the service of the Euroregional territory.

 

Gathered in Perpignan, June 23, 2017.

 

Carole DELGA, President of the Occitania Region

Francina ARMENGOL, President of the Government of the Balearic Islands

Carles PUIGDEMONT, President of the Generalitat of Catalonia