Pyrénées-Orientales, Girona, Lleida, Andorra: a strict cross-border area for greater efficiency.

The Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie, Girona, Lleida and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Andorra have defined a new transboundary area with the help of the European Union. They hope it will be more economically coherent and more relevant than the traditional large geographic triangles of Toulouse, Montpellier and Barcelona.

Desired “Open, dynamic” And geographically “Strategic in Southern Europe”With this territory of 3.3 million inhabitants, with strong demographic dynamics, does it hold out so much hope for Eldorado that the economic actors, and the elected officials of the Pyrenees-Oriental? Maybe. However, it is already an active exchange and “networking” accelerator. “Let’s network, let’s do business” is a seamless slogan used around “Pyrenees Med II”, a European program (Interreg / Poctefa) that has made it possible to cross-reference large amounts of data collected, stored and used so far. Corresponding regional entity.

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1.3 million jobs, half in Haute-Garonne

The first lessons from this “frontier socio-economic panorama” outline a dynamic space In terms of population, Andorra (between 2015 and 2019) is growing at 8.1% from 1.4% for Pyrénées-Orientales in the six regions concerned (P.-O., Andorra, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Gérone, Lleida). Also in case of total domestic products (read the box below).
In terms of work, there were 1.37 million in the region in 2017 (seven years + 6%, as noted in the study), half of which is widespread in Hout-Garon alone (667,000, 12% more and 460,000 in Toulouse Convergence). Then comes Girona (292,000 jobs) and Lleida (168,000), P.O. So far 160,000 works have been counted, of which 99,000 are in the Perpignan area.

264,000 businesses, including 39,500 in Pyrénées-Orientales

Surprisingly, it also has the most companies in Haute-Garonne: 102,000 of the 264,000 listed in this transboundary region. 8.6% between 2014 and 2017 and 17% for Andorra (8,300 establishments). At the same time, 39,562 companies were listed in the Pyrénées-Orientales, of which 22,344 were in the Perpignan-Méditerranée aggregate, 4,888 in the Albères-Côte Vermeille-Illiberis inter-municipality and 1,802 in the Suilleduss.
The company’s population reveals that in 3 years (2014-2017) + 17% an Andorra in hyper-growth with the company, such as Haute-Garon (+ 14%) when P.O.O. Increased 8.7% but posted the second highest rate of creation (12.3% in 2017).

A tool to further improve trade

“Regional cooperation is the future” Yesterday’s summary Xavier Danzu, vice-president of CCI des P-O. Exports from this region are already very strong with 52.5 billion products exported in 2019 as against 34.5 billion imports. Haute-Garonne, of course, and its aeronautical ecosystem, have exported 42 billion, 5.78 billion for Girona, and only 1.72 billion for P.-O. This economic space is designed to further refine these figures, with an emphasis on inter-zone trade. In 2019, before Covid, P.-O. Spain has exported 533 million products (+ 45% in two years), and it is possible that the country will become a big market, especially thanks to this new cross-border gateway. “We have created a technical team of CCIs for this.” Jome Santo stressed that Leider is the president of CCI The cross-border market (again) is becoming a priority.

106 billion euros: Growing cross-border GDP
+ 4.8% growth between 2015 and 2017 to “certify the economic vitality” of this place in this transboundary region. This is the division of Pyrénées-Orientales and Haute-Garonne which shows the strongest growth during this period, + 4.2% and + 4.3% while Andorra only + 2.1%. Thus, the total domestic product per resident in Haute-Garon is € 40,600, in Andorra € 35,508, in Leida 29,000 € 28,700 Girona, € 23,200 PO and ,500 21,500 Ariege. Haute-Garonne transboundary area GDP 52%, Girona 20%, Leida 12%, P.O. 10%.

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