28-30 September 2011
39th CPMR General Assembly, Aarhus (DK)
26 - 29 September
"European Parliament Plenary Session", Strasbourg (FR)
Regional Governments Against The Digital Divide, CoR Brussels (BE)
"Energy from waste with fuel cells", Brussels (BE)
10 - 12 October
"CoR Plenary Session", Brussels, (BE)
10 - 12 October
"OPEN DAYS", Brussels, (BE)
P.O.W.E.R.E.D: "Energy in European cohesion policy", DG REGIO, Brussels (BE)
13 - 14 October
"6th National Conference on Sustainable Development", Toulouse (FR)
The future of Baltic Maritime Safety & Security, Gdansk (PL)
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Danellis calls on the European Parliament for the Pact of Islands
The ISLE-PACT project is committed to developing Local Sustainable Energy Action Plans with the aim of meeting or exceeding the EU sustainability targets of 20/20/20 for the year 2020. Currently there are 12 participating groups of European Islands (over 60 islands) involved but the project would welcome cooperation with more as the ISLE-PACT process has been conceived to include all European Islands. The project is co-financed by the European Commission, Directorate General for Energy. Spyros Danellis, Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Giommaria Uggias, Alyn Smith and Kyriacos Mavronikolas presented a written Declaration on 12 September 2011 in order to create the conditions for the project’s continuation after 2013 under a new political structure, the PACT OF ISLANDS (actually with 52 signatories).
Mr Danellis, why could Islands be at the forefront in tackling climate change?
Approximately 3.5% of European citizens live on islands and this percentage increases significantly during the high tourism season, adding pressure to the islands' landscape, transportation, energy utilities and water requirements. Furthermore, it has been recognised that many European islands are suffering from structural handicaps, leading to population reduction and more particularly the young leaving the islands for better employment and living conditions on the mainland. For this reason, clean energy and environmental quality control, are the paths for a sustainable future.
On the other hand, European island communities will only have benefits by being at the forefront of the fight against global warming. Surrounded by water, with fragile ecosystems and weak local economies, island authorities participating in structures like the Pact of Islands, realised early the need to become important partners in the common global fight against climate change, to reduce their CO2 emissions and transform their development patterns.
How can Article 174 of the Treaty be better implemented into EU legislation?
The European islands have the potential to make a significant impact upon the EU’s effort in combating the causes of climate change not only by fostering a better use of energy resources in their territories, but also by developing their sometimes considerable renewable energy potential. This potential should be considered as one of their key assets, both on economic and environmental grounds; as well as a means to implement the objective of territorial cohesion as set out in Article 174 of the Consolidated Version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (2010/C 83/01).
What would be a practical example of how an Island can develop in order to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20% before 2020?
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Towards an Erika 4 package – which next steps for European action regarding maritime safety?
Whereas the deadlines for the implementation of the Erika III package are gradually approaching, the CPMR notes that at the moment the European Commission is unfortunately compelled to undertake pre-legal proceedings against several Member States suspected of not fulfilling their obligations. The implementation of the Erika III package is a major concern for the CPMR, which follows this issue very closely.
In addition, the CPMR has great expectations of the European Union’s capacity to take initiatives and anticipate the future in the maritime safety sector. Last year’s Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico came as a very brutal reminder that too often it is the major accidents and the dramatic consequences that trigger political initiatives a posteriori. It is essential to most determinedly take action as of now in order to avert and prevent possible new tragedies. It is with this in mind that the CPMR has chosen, without waiting for the complete implementation of the Erika 3 package, to give the name Erika 4 to the new phase in its commitment to maritime safety.
After having reacted to the publication of the European Commission’s White Paper by organising, together with the European Parliament’s Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup, a debate that was held in June 2011 on maritime surveillance and harmonising the functions of coastguards in Europe, the CPMR is currently developing reflections on new prospects for EU action. In this respect, a political seminar will be organised on 1 December 2011 at the European Parliament, by the CPMR and the Regions of Blekinge, Brittany, and Skåne, in collaboration with Corinne Lepage, MEP and the Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup. The Regions of Blekinge and Skåne lead the Baltic Master II project, one of the flagship projects of the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea.
As well as addressing the current state of play in the implementation of the Erika 3 package, the seminar will be an opportunity to re-launch political reflection on the following themes:
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CPMR delivers a message to the 27 member states
Further to the document circulated on 12 September by the eight Member States that are net contributors to the EU budget, and that believe the European Commission’s proposal for the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 is “too high”, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) today sent a letter
to the 27 Permanent Representatives to the EU in order to stress the importance of having an ambitious European budget.
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