The role of regions in the ‘Future of Europe’ will be the key topic of debate at the upcoming CPMR Political Bureau.

The meeting is taking place on the island of Gozo, Malta, on 10 March, at the kind invitation of Anton Refalo, Minister of Gozo.

Held during the Maltese Presidency of the European Union, the meeting will offer the opportunity for the CPMR to align its priorities and actions for the period ahead with those of the EU.

The session on the Future of the European Project will involve discussion and the reaction of Region’s to last week’s release of the European Commission’s White paper, which outlined five scenarios for the Future of Europe. This will be accompanied by a debate on the Future of the EU Budget.

The debate on Cohesion Policy will provide an update on the CPMR’s proposals for the policy post-2020, which are being developed with the support of a number of member regions.

As the day progresses, the session on Maritime Issues will give member regions the chance to address maritime investments in relation to the priorities of the Maltese Presidency. During this discussion, Nektarios Santorinios, the Greek Deputy Minister of Shipping and Islands Policy, will provide insight into his country’s challenges and aspirations and how they meet the CPMR’s priorities ahead of the interministerial meeting on maritime issues.

There will also be a discussion to assess the CPMR’s work to date on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and Motorways of the Sea (MoS), which will be chaired Annika Annerby, CPMR Vice-president and Vice-president of the Skåne Region.

The discussion on migration will give regional representatives the chance to debate a range of critical issues at hand.

And the session on Macro Regions will be chaired by Vanessa Charbonneau, Vice-President of the Pays de la Loire Region.

Visit the CPMR website for more information about the meeting, including the agenda and practical guidance.