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Wednesday, 20 January 2010 - Strasbourg OJ edition

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  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE), in writing. (PT) I welcome the position that the Commission has taken on the 10-year suspension of autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on imports of certain industrial products into the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, and the report by Mrs Hübner, which together:

1. Establish positive discrimination in favour of the outermost regions of the Azores and Madeira, acknowledging that the structural limitations that affect these regions are permanent by their very nature;

2. Create conditions for stimulating economic activity and employment in the island groups, thus also contributing to demographic stability in the islands.

This is an example of the cohesion that can be achieved by a European Union built on the principle of solidarity.

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