Cohesion Policy in the Outermost Regions

Client/Funding Institution

European Parliament


This research study aims to analyse the socio-economic development of the EU outermost regions (i.e. the Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Martin, French Guiana, Réunion, Mayotte, Azores and Madeira) and how regional disparities have evolved over time. It also investigates how cohesion policies (in particular EU-funded programmes) are implemented at a local and regional level, and the role of place-based, tailor-made approaches to foster sustainable and inclusive growth. Furthermore, three case studies allow for more detailed insights into territorial, social and economic cohesion issues and into the situation of these regions in the context of a smarter, greener, more connected and more social Europe. The findings of this analysis should feed into policy recommendations on the design and purpose of EU policies (in particular, EU Cohesion Policy) for 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).

Countries covered: France, Portugal, Spain

Research Areas: Regional Development