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Europe is committed to Saint Martin

MARIGOT: On Tuesday, November 23, the annual monitoring committee of the European Structural and Investment Funds (FESI) of the 2014-2020 programming of St. Martin  was held at the Prefecture.

Nearly fifty people, representatives of the Prefecture, the Collectivité, the territorial units of the institutions of the territory, the European Commission, the SGAR (General Secretariat for Regional Affairs) and the Guadeloupe region, the ASP (Agency for Services and Payments) and the Ministries of Education and Overseas, attended this annual event, more than half of which by video conference due to the health situation.

The Prefect, Serge Gouteyron as representative of the managing authority of the main European funds in St. Martin chaired the meeting with the President of the Collectivity, Daniel Gibbs, at his side.

In his introductory remarks, the Prefect recalled the current context of the territory and emphasized the importance of European funding in view of the major challenges facing the territory.

The President of the Collectivité, in his introductory remarks, expressed his disappointment at the holding of such an important committee by video conference, but nevertheless wished to thank European solidarity and the national authorities for the allocation to the territory of Saint Martin of €35M under the REACT-EU (Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe) scheme: an additional financial envelope which aims to contribute to the economic and social recovery of the territory.

The committee took stock of the consumption of the three European Funds supervised at the local level by the Prefecture of Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin, which is the single point of contact for these European Funds in the territory: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Fund (EMAF). The committee also took stock of the fourth fund managed in the territory, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), implemented through the Gal Leader program run by the Saint-Martin community.

The different stakeholders of the territory were optimistic about the progress on the programming and the capacity of the territory to consume the envelopes of the 2014-2020 programming before the end of the programming on 31/12/2023, aware however of the collective efforts to be provided to achieve all the programmed projects, with a special attention on the EAFRD in delay of programming and whose end of programming will intervene on 31/12/2022.

The speakers from the European Commission were also keen to emphasize the need for greater vigilance in order to meet these deadlines.

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