For precautionary reasons related to current developments with the Coronavirus, the Outermost regions Forum initially planned on 24-25 March in Brussels will not take place.
In fact, the Commission services are cancelling, postponing or holding by video conference non-mandatory meetings that require participants to travel.
We are extremely sorry for this and apologize for the inconvenience.
We will provide more information shortly.
We want to thank you once again warmly for your commitment and for your understanding.
The Outermost Regions Forum 2020 is a high-level dialogue platform for the nine outermost regions of the European Union – Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, Saint-Martin (France), the Azores, Madeira (Portugal) and the Canary Islands (Spain), their Member States, the European Union institutions and civil society.
This event brings together the Presidents of the outermost regions, Ministers from their Member States, the Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms and other members of the Commission, stakeholders and experts interested in learning from the experience of these special EU regions.
The Forum will review progress made under the 2017 Communication on a renewed strategic partnership with the EU’s outermost regions, based on the Commission’s implementation report due to be presented on this occasion.
In addition, the Forum will address three major themes for the outermost regions: climate change and biodiversity, circular economy and blue economy.
Discussions will shade light on solutions to develop the outermost regions potential. How can outermost regions capitalise on their unique assets and become frontrunners in adapting to climate change and protecting biodiversity, shaping insular circular economy solutions and developing a sustainable blue economy? The Forum will look at this through the lens of outermost regions’ success stories and challenges, exploring opportunities for these regions to provide innovative solutions to global challenges.
You can participate in the discussions trough Q&A sessions, live interviews, surveys, as well as networking events. When registering, you can have your say on what are the most important topics for the outermost regions and indicate your interest in meeting stakeholders.
This is a paperless Forum. We have taken the engagement to plant a tree per participant to offset flight emissions, and not to use plastics.
We look forward to meeting you at the Forum. As space is limited, we encourage you to register at your earliest convenience!
Interpretation in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish will be provided.
The deadline for registrations is 6 March 2020. To register, please click the button below.