BRUSSELS: Member of the European Parliament Samira Rafaela (D66/Renew Europe) has launched the Friendship Group for the interests of all Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union.
During her election campaign, Samira pledged to represent the interests of the OCTs at the European level. When she was elected as a Member of the European Parliament, Samira made the effort to set up a Friendship Group. She soon noticed that the OCTs are often a blind spot in the EU. She wants to change this. She starts with creating a structural attention for the OCTs through a Friendship Group.
The launch of the Friendship Group, founded together with Renew Europe MEP Stéphane Bijoux, marks a new step in representing the interests of the OCTs in Brussels. The European Union has 13 OCTs spread all over the world. These islands have special relations with one of the EU member states: the Netherlands, Denmark or France. That is why they are automatically linked to the EU.
The OCTs are geographically far away from the European continent. Yet, we are all united in the same European Union. All citizens of the OCTs are EU citizens.