9 January, 2017

Euroregion Pyrenees-Mediterranean

The Euroregion Pyrenees-Mediterranean (EPM), established on 29 October 2004, is a political cooperation between Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, in Spain, and the French region Occitanie. Its goal is to create a cluster of sustainable development in the northwest of the Mediterranean, based on innovation and on territorial, social and economic integration.

In 2009, the Euroregion adopted the legal form of a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC – European Regulation n°1082/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council, 5 July 2006), a EU instrument designed to facilitate and promote cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation. EGTCs were established to help implementing EU co-financed projects but also actions initiated by regional or local authorities, with or without EU funding.

With more than 13 million inhabitants and 14% of the GDP of Spain and France put together, the EPM is emerging as an area of European projects that develops its activities in the fields of education, research, innovation, economic development, employment, environment and culture, contributing to the Europe 2020 objectives of a smart, sustainable and inclusice growth.

Since one of its main goals is social integration and social cohesion, the Euroregion gives support to events such as the sport Youth Meetings Pyrenees-Mediterranean, which are organized every year since 2008, and that gather hundreds of children from the different Member Regions. Almost 3,200 children between 9 and 11 years old took part in the eight editions of Youth Meetings. The 8th edition was held from 8 to 12 June 2015 at Piau-Engaly, a ski resort in the Pyrenees, with the participation of 209 children accompanied by 29 adults. The previous meetings were held both in France (Port Leucate, Mondonville) and Spain (El Vendrell, Hospitalet de l’Infant). The meetings are organized by the CORSCPM (Organizing Committee of the Cultural and Sports Meetings Pyrenees Mediterranean), which has the status of non-profit association under French law. The members of the committee are USEP Occitanie (associations for the promotion of sports in French schools) and UCEC, a federation of local organisations promoting sport in Catalonia. The Youth Meetings have as main objectives educating for citizenship through sport, encouraging cultural openness and awareness of other peoples and infusing a Euroregional sense of identity.