The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe brings together some 160 Regions from 28 States from the European Union and beyond. Representing almost 200 million people, the CPMR campaigns in favour of a more balanced development of the European territory. It operates both as a think tank and as a lobby for Regions.
160 regions working together
The CPMR’s member regions often constitute Europe’s coastal areas, with assets - such as exchanges with the rest of the world, outstanding environment, good quality of life, major marine resources – and difficulties - remoteness from economic and decision-making centres, pollution due to shortcomings in the maritime safety system, lack of infrastructures. Their joint work, through the CPMR acting as a ‘think-tank’ agent, aims to ensure that their actions, together with those of national governments and the European Union, help to reduce their handicaps and enhance their assets.
Regarding energy and climate change issues, the CPMR is especially involved in activities that aim to foster sustainable energy policies, promote energy efficiency or address the needs of specific territories such as the islands and seeks the strengthening of their co-operation. The CPMR has been actively supporting the implementation of the EU “Energy and Climate Change” package, advocating a full involvement of maritime Regions in this process. The CPMR has been campaigning for the development of the REN (Renewable Energies) potential in Europe’s maritime peripheries, with special emphasis on maritime energy. Moreover, through its Geographical Commissions, the CPMR is also involved in various Regional Networks that aim to foster sustainable energy policies, promote energy efficiency in buildings or address the needs of specific territories such as the islands. The CPMR is also part of the European Commission High Level Group on adapting to climate change.