Mercant highlights the importance of “regional cooperation and the exchange of good practices to face common challenges”.
The general director of Ports and Maritime Transport, Antoni Mercant, has represented the Government of the Balearic Islands at the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR). This event, held from 15 to 17 November in Saint-Malo, France, brought together leaders of 150 regional authorities from 24 countries, becoming an epicentre of ideas for territorial development and regional collaboration in Europe.
The general director of Ports and Maritime Transport
The CPMR, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, proved to be a vital forum, intertwining experiences and strategies to strengthen territorial development, a pillar of European Union policy. Focusing on crucial issues such as social, economic and territorial cohesion, and maritime and blue growth policies, the conference was an arena for dialogue on the future of Europe.
Merchant, accompanied by Maria Avila, head of the department of the DG of Ports and Maritime Transport, and Juana Maria Forteza, secretary general of the Ministry of the Sea and Water Cycle, stressed the importance of “regional cooperation and exchange of best practices to address common challenges and promote sustainable development throughout Europe”.
The general director of Ports applauded “the impact of the CPMR in the formulation of European policies” and stressed, “the relevance of the conference as a laboratory of ideas where policy proposals are generated and studies and analyses are carried out that support the vision and objectives of the member regions”.
Mercant’s presence at the CPMR marked the firm commitment of the Regional Ministry of the Sea and Water Cycle to weave a stronger network of collaboration between European maritime regions. Its participation was a boost both to the European dialogue and to enrich regional initiatives in the field of maritime transport.
At the heart of the conference, special emphasis was placed on the strategic role of regions such as the Balearic Islands. These areas, facing environmental and energy challenges, are key to adapting to climate change and ensuring energy security.
The event in France reiterated the need to further integrate these regions into EU decision-making, promoting policies for their sustainable development and their active role in the green transition. In addition, the need to adapt EU policies to the specific characteristics of regions such as the Balearic Islands was highlighted, underlining their unique contribution to the great European mosaic.