Rafaela committed to European support for overseas territories

Following the COVID-19 crisis, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Samira Rafaela of Re­new Europe/D66 has taken several actions to protect and defend the interests of the Overseas Countries and Ter­ritories (OCTs), including the Caribbean part of the Dutch Kingdom.

Samira Rafaela

In her contact with the Eu­ropean Commission, Rafaela has advocated for solidarity with the OCTs and has sought assistance for the islands to apply for existing funds.

In addition, Rafaela has re­quested a proposal for excep­tional support for the OCTs in this crisis. The European Commission has currently indicated that limited use can be made of the European De­velopment Fund (EDF). Rafaela is acting jointly with her French colleague MEP Ste­phane Bijoux, with whom she previously founded a Friend­ship Group for the OCTs Together they have called on the European Commission to open up existing European funds to the OCTs, thus also for the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

However, this will not be enough to tackle the current crisis. When the European Parliament gathers to debate and vote on a resolution re­garding COVID-19, Rafaela will work hard to ensure that the OCTs are included and will call for improved financ­ing.

“The COVID-19 crisis is hit­ting all corners of the world and also all parts of our King­dom. The consequences for the world economy are almost without precedent. We must make every effort to ensure that we remain healthy and to safeguard our economy, including that of the OCTs, in the short and long term. I will continue to work hard for that,” said Rafaela.

The Daily Herald.

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  1. This Woman is doing an Amazing job! Not forgetting the least of their peoples!! The Caribbean!

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