Europe Now Europe involves the help of islands and mountains (half 1)

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Whether or not they’re islands, mountains or territories removed from the mainland, such areas are thought-about by the EU to be areas with a robust pure geographical handicap. The EU’s cohesion coverage, with its highly effective funds, offers these areas substantial assets to assist them attempt to meet up with metropolitan areas. The Europe Now crew travels to the French abroad division of Guadeloupe to take a better look.

With the objective of “levelling up” in thoughts, 9 Extremely-Peripheral Areas, or UPRs, have acquired €13 billion over the past seven years. Six of those UPRs are French. Within the case of France, round 18 p.c of the entire EU Structural Funds goes to three p.c of the inhabitants. On the face of it, that is a significant enhance for UPRs. However is that cash getting used optimally?

We went to see for ourselves in Guadeloupe, an archipelago practically 7,000 kilometres from the French mainland. It’s set to obtain a billion euros from the EU in 2021-2027. Unemployment is round twice the nationwide price; a 3rd of the inhabitants lives under the poverty line and water shortages are frequent. So why does extra EU funding not essentially translate into higher dwelling requirements?

Within the first a part of the present, we journey to the fishing port of Sainte-Rose to satisfy Charly Vincent, who represents tons of of fishermen and is a staunch supporter of small-scale, non-industrial fishing. We additionally interview the president of the Guadeloupe area, Ary Chalus, who units out the advantages but in addition the bounds of what EU funding can do.

Practically two-thirds of water held in ageing pipes leaks earlier than it reaches customers. After years of neglect, the EU is contributing to main new efforts to enhance the state of affairs however is it sufficient? FRANCE 24’s roving Europe reporter Luke Brown meets individuals who have had sufficient of a long time of unhealthy administration.

And with one in three locals underneath the age of 30 unemployed, what distinction is the EU making? Luke Brown visits the St Jean Bosco college, which is giving hope to younger individuals who really feel they have been left behind by society.

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Present offered by Armen Georgianproduced by Johan Bodin, filmed on location by Johan Bodin and Stéphane Bodenne, with Luke Brown.

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