Motion for a resolution - B8-0178/2017Motion for a resolution

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on developing macro-regional sub-strategies for the Mediterranean


pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

Nicola Caputo


Motion for a European Parliament resolution on developing macro-regional sub-strategies for the Mediterranean

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its report of 27 June 2012 on the evolution of EU macro-regional strategies: present practice and future prospects, especially in the Mediterranean,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas macro-regional strategies are playing an increasingly important role in the EU’s cohesion policies;

B.  whereas the Mediterranean is an area with a unique culture and environment made up of countries which share a number of characteristics and priorities: the same crops, the same abundance of renewable energy, the same dependence on tourism, the same risk of natural disasters;

C.  whereas a macro-regional strategy for the Mediterranean would enable the EU to optimise its spending in the area and address the issues faced by all the Member States there;

D.  whereas a new strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian macro-region (central Mediterranean) has been developed, and whereas there is a need to continue developing macro-regional sub-strategies, given the vastness of the area in question;

1.  Calls on the Commission to develop two macro-regional strategies, one for the western Mediterranean and one for the eastern Mediterranean, which could overlap with one another and with the central Mediterranean strategy.