November 23rd was the day selected by the Portuguese presidency of the programe to hold the last meeting of the year 2012 for the Monitoring Committee of the Atlantic Area Operational Programme. As an observer member, the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities was represented by its coordinator, Ms. Tamara Guirao, who has been following up the activities and impact of the Programme for 4 years.
Starting by the approval of the minutes of the meeting in June and the approval of the agenda, the Committee Members discussed the state-of-the-art of the programme implementation, aiming for a simplification of the control procedures and an analysis that will create the appropiate context for the near future and for the 2014-2020 programme, already in preparation.
Ms. Tamara Guirao intervened to highlight the importance of the Common Strategic Framework (and the Atlantic Strategy) when preparing the next programme. Also, she made some remarks on the communication strategy, which should be taken nearer to citizens and planned in advance.