The CPMR has repeated its call for outermost regions to be allocated a more balanced share of EU funding to improve transport.
At the annual conference of the outermost regions, held in Madeira in September, the CPMR intervened in a special work session on transport issues where it stressed that Europe’s outermost regions only marginally benefited from the funds allocated in the first two project calls from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The CEF is a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted infrastructure investment at European level.
The CPMR believes that these funds should have contributed to territorial cohesion, and believes that imbalance must be corrected during the remainder of the 2014-2020 programming period.
At the session, the CPMR presented its work and recommendations on the Motorways of the Sea (MoS), maritime transport, and more generally on the modifications that the European Commission should give to the implementation of the CEF.
In addition, the CPMR will take the issues affecting the outermost regions into account in its contributions to the ongoing debate on EU post-2020 transport Policy.