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The outermost regions: Europe's forgotten asset

20 Mar 2013
Ref: 25/2013

In view of the special circumstances of the outermost regions (OR), the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) makes it possible to adopt specific measures when applying the treaties to such regions. However, in order for these measures to have any impact, a more ambitious strategy is called for than the one proposed by the European Commission. Special attention should focus on the agricultural aid programme, an increase in financial resources, foreign policy, and trans-European energy, transport and research networks: this is the only way to achieve the Europe 2020 objectives in the EU's eight outermost regions.

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