European elections: what Europe brings to the Occitanie Region

European elections: what Europe brings to the Occitanie Region
European elections: what Europe brings to the Occitanie Region

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On the occasion of Europe Day, the Occitanie Region published a summary document on the contribution of European funds to its pro-European action.

“Europe is committed, Occitanie is taking action. » One month before the European elections and on the occasion of Europe Day, this Friday, Carole Delga, president of the Occitanie Region, and Nadia Pellefigue, vice-president in charge of Europe and International Relations, published a document recalling the importance of the contribution of European funding to support regional policies. “If Europe has long been a dream, if it still remains a promise in many respects, it is a tangible reality every day. Europe is embodied everywhere in territories, from metropolises to our villages, it invests in multiple areas of our daily lives and is not limited to establishing standards or a common currency. Europe is what we Europeans make of it,” says Carole Delga.

European funds in Occitania.
DDM – Philippe Rioux

“European funds enable thousands of projects to see the light of day in Occitania, to promote employment, social cohesion and the energy transition. If Europe is committed by mobilizing funds, Occitanie acts daily by deploying them throughout the territory to support and accompany projects,” indicates the Region, specifying that for the period 2021-2027, these are 1.4 billion euros in European funds which were allocated to Occitanie.

Between 2014 and 2020, more than 3,000 projects were supported in the region thanks to these funds. Cycle paths, medical research, preservation of biodiversity, training, employment, restoration of heritage, etc.; the areas of intervention are very diverse.

In detail, the FEDER-FSE + funds represented nearly €830 million for the economy, employment and ecological transition. The FEADER (European agricultural fund for rural development), one of the financing instruments of the CAP (common agricultural policy), has dedicated €450 million to Occitanie agriculture for the period 2023-2027. Finally, the European Fund for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Aquaculture (FEMPA) of Occitanie is endowed with nearly €17 million for the period 2021-2027.

Presence in Brussels to carry the voice of Occitanie

The Occitanie Region also wants to be fully engaged and active within the European Union. The Region is thus represented in Brussels by the Occitanie Europe association, whose team of six people is responsible for defending regional interests and influencing European policies. Today it represents 24 regional structures in addition to the Occitanie Region. The latter has also set up the “Europe inspire” system to encourage the sharing of good practices at European level.

“Europe’s action can sometimes seem distant, yet it is at the heart of our daily lives. Our duty as elected representatives of the territories is also to make this known,” summarizes Nadia Pellefigue.

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