Category:Outermost regions of the European Union
Status given within the European Union to territories of member countries that are located far from the European continent, but are included to the area of application of its treaties
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Two parts of the treaty of the European Community deal with special relationships: Article 299 which sets out the territories to which the treaty applies, supplemented by the accession treaties; and Articles 182-188 and Annex II on association with the non-European countries and territories which have special relations with the member states.
The outermost regions are 9 regions (6 in France, 2 in Portugal, 1 in Spain) where EC law applies, but where it is possible to derogate to common EC legislation to take account of their remoteness. 
- Saint-Martin (France), unlike Saint-Barthélemy, did not change its existing status of outermost region to an OCT when it was separated from Guadeloupe to become a new French overseas collectivity.