Cohesion Policy in the Outermost Regions

Client/Funding Institution

European Parliament


This research study aimed to analyse the socio-economic development and convergence process of the EU outermost regions (i.e. the Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, French Guiana, Réunion, Mayotte, the Azores and Madeira). Building on an overview of the geographic, governance, economic, social and climate characteristics of these remote territories, it investigated how EU Cohesion Policy is implemented at the regional level, and the role of place-based, tailor-made approaches to foster sustainable and inclusive growth. Furthermore, three case studies allowed for more detailed insights into territorial, social and economic cohesion issues in these regions and their situation in the context of a smarter, greener, more connected and more social Europe. The findings of this analysis fed into policy recommendations on the design and purpose of EU policies (in particular, EU Cohesion Policy) to better support the EU outermost regions.


June 2023 - December 2023

wiiw team Leader

Ambre Maucorps

wiiw Staff

Corinna Covi, Veronika Janyrova, Bernhard Moshammer, Roman Römisch

Project Partners

University of the Azores, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Philippe Jean-Pierre (Professor at University of La Réunion).

External Publications

Cohesion Policy in the Outermost Regions

Countries covered: France, Portugal, Spain

Research Areas: Regional Development