Up to 80 delegates from across Europe will be arriving in Donegal later today for the Conference of the Peripheral Maritime Region (CPMR) Political Bureau Meeting which is set to take place in Harvey’s Point tomorrow, Thursday.
This meeting of political representatives from across Europe will focus on a range of issues including the future of European Territorial Co-operation, the future on Ten-T’s as well as Fisheries and the EMFF for the Post 2020 period.
Donegal County Council has been a member of the CPMR since 1998 working in joint membership with the North West Regional Assembly. The CPMR brings together some 160 regions from 25 states from the European Union and beyond ensuring that the needs and interests of its member regions are taken into account in policies with a high territorial impact focusing mainly on social, economic and territorial cohesion, maritime policies and blue growth and accessibility.
Through its extensive network of contacts within the EU institutions and national governments, the CPMR has been an important vehicle for Donegal in helping ensure that the county’s interests are taken on board in the formulation of policies that could have a significant impact for the region.
Newly elected Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan believes that it is particularly timely for Donegal to be hosting this meeting of the CPMR’s political bureau saying “we are delighted that Donegal has been chosen as the host location for this meeting of the CPMR’s Political Bureau. We are entering a period of unprecedented change within the EU with programmes reaching a conclusion and new programmes being developed and introduced. It is imperative that we have an effective mechanism to highlight the needs and interests of our own county and region so that these can be taken on board in the planning of future EU programmes and policies.”
The Political Bureau is the main decision maker of the CPMR, meeting twice a year and proposing policy guidelines for the General Assembly. Panel discussions at this week’s meeting will cover a number of areas including the future of European Territorial Co-operation, the future on Ten-T’s, Fisheries and the EMFF for the Post 2020 period, Governance of Migration Policy and a strategic plan to anticipate the future direction of the EU.
Cllr. Niamh Kennedy the new CPMR representative from Donegal County Council and the recently elected Leas Chathaoirleach explains that many of the topics being discussed at this week’s meeting are of particular relevance to Donegal saying “the topics tabled for discussion have a direct relevance for Donegal and it is important that we have a strong and effective voice at the table. This is a great opportunity for Donegal to showcase what the county has to offer as a place to visit, to do business in and to live in and for delegates to see first-hand the impact that progressive EU programmes and policies can have on people living in a peripheral region such as Donegal.”
Delegates are being encouraged to fly into Donegal Airport to experience for themselves the world’s most scenic landing with transfers being arranged from the Airport to Donegal Town. They will be warmly welcomed at a reception hosted by Donegal County Council’s Cathaoirleach in Harvey’s Point this evening (Wednesday) and will have an opportunity to explore some of Donegal’s most stunning landscapes with a visit to Sliabh Liag on Friday morning.