This study analysed the state of transport connectivity of the nine Outermost Regions of the European Union (Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Mayotte, Saint Martin, Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira). These regions rely heavily on air and maritime transport connections for access to basic goods and services, as well as for their regional economic development.

Based on desk research, connectivity benchmark analysis and site visits to region; existing, missing and insufficient air and maritime transport links were identified, along with a series of infrastructure and service-related projects. 

The team at CENIT provided:

  • Identification, analysis and provision of details on all existing maritime transport links between the EU mainland and the ORs and within the respective ORs to identify bottlenecks, missing links, and insufficient links.
  • Identifying key investment needs and appropriate funding sources. 
  • Policy recommendations for the potentially most beneficial projects including the identification of possible sources of funding and affected stakeholders.

Client: EC Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
Period: 2017-2018

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