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4 November 2016
16th Annual Forum of INSULEUR -the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU- in Eretria, Evia (Greece)

 This year, the topic of the Forum is: “Sustainable Tourism Planning and Management for European Insular Destinations - Smart innovative Tools and Initiatives” .

Invitation
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Agenda of the Forum
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Background document
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Registration form
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3 November 2016
CPMR Islands Commission Pre-Assembly Meeting

 The Islands Commission will meet in the Framework of the CPMR Annual General Meeting due to take place in Ponta Delgada (Açores, PT)

Agenda
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PPT by Alexis Chatzimpiros : Update on activities
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17 October 2016
Seminar "Transport and Insularity : constraints and perspective"

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 The CPMR Islands Commission is organising a meeting on island transport in Palma de Mallorca on 17 October 2016.

More information and documents
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13 June 2066
Action Plan on VAT: Challenges for European Islands

 13 June 2016 : INSULEUR, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU is organising a Public Hearing on VAT, in partnership with the EESC and ESIN.

Agenda
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Registration
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23-27 May 2016
Niss(i)ology and Utopia: back to the roots of Island Studies

 The “International Small Islands Studies Association”, ISISA announces the 14th International Conference “Niss(i)ology and Utopia: back to the roots of Island Studies” organized by the University of the Aegean in association with RETI - the Excellence Network of Island Universities, on Lesvos Island, Greece, on 23 - 27 May 2016.

More information of this event
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20 May 2016
Georgios HATZIMARKOS, Governor of South Aegean, is elected President of the Islands Commission

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 Governor HATZIMARKOS was elected President of the Islands Commission during the 36th Annual General meeting of the IC in Rhodes on 20 May 2016.

10 March 2016
Islands in Cohesion Policy

 The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup organised on March 10, 2016 a meeting which was dedicated dedicated to the treatment of insularity within Cohesion Policy and how the specific characteristics of islands have been taken into account in terms of the 2014 – 2020 operational programmes (in line with Article 174 TFEU).

More information...
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Read the press release
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6 November 2015: Malinska (Island of Krk), Croatia
Conference: Smart policies for smart islands

 Following the adoption of its own initiative opinion on Smart Islands, the European Economic and Social Committee has decided to launch a project on the topic. It will kick off with a conference on Smart policies for smart islands, which will be organised in conjunction with the INSULEUR network and with the support of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) Islands Commission and the European Small Islands Federation.

The conference will explore the idea that islands have unique characteristics which bring specific difficulties, but which can often be turned into opportunities if smart and sustainable development policies are implemented. Such policies give islands a competitive advantage deriving from sustainable growth and better jobs.

Interpreting will be provided from Spanish, Greek, English, French, Croatian and Italian into Greek, English, French and Croatian.

More information and registrations
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Initiative opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on smart islands
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10 July 2015
Energy Union and Smart Islands

 Public Hearing on “Energy Union and Smart Islands” organised on 10 July 2015 by the insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC))(rue Belliard 99, salle JDE70).

Programme
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25 June 2015
35th annual General Assembly of Islands Commission

 The place for islands in EU policies up to 2020 and beyond

The CPMR Islands Commission hold its 35th General Assembly in Bruxelles at the European Parliament, on 25ft June, at the invitation of Ricardo Serrao SANTOS (PT-S&D), Miltos KIRKOS (GR-S&D), Tonino PICULA (HR-S&D) and with the participation of Vasco CORDEIRO, President of the Government of the Azores and of the CPMR.

The event, co-financed by the Socialist & Democrats Political Group, focused mainly on Cohesion, Energy and immigration issues.

Among the speakers: Dominique RISTORI, Director General at DG Energy and Normunds POPENS, Deputy Director General for implementation, at DG Regional and Urban Policy for the EU Commission as well as MEPs Miltiadis KYRKOS, Alyn SMITH, Claudia MONTEIRO de AGUIAR, Neoklis SYLIKIOTIS, Younous OMARJEE, and Salvatore CICU for the EP.
During the Island Commission General Assembly, a special ceremony was devoted for the new signatories of the Pact of islands.

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28 November 2014 - Brussels (Belgium)
ELIH MED FINAL CONFERENCE

 

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22-25 October 2014
The International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change: from strategies to action will take place in Guadeloupe on 22/25 October 2014

 The Guadeloupe 2014 Conference is a high level international meeting on biodiversity and climate change in the European Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), and in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the same geographic areas.

Co-organised by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the European Commission, the French Government, Guadeloupe’s Regional Council (Guadeloupe Region), the government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Guadeloupe conference will be held from October 22nd – October 25th 2014.

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24 September 2014
ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE ISLANDS COMMISSION

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 Mr Steven HEDDLE, Convener - Orkney Islands Council, was elected President of the Islands Commission on 24 September 2014 in Umeå (Sweden) in the Framework of the Annual General Assembly of the CPMR.

15 August 2014
"OUR ISLANDS OUR FUTURE"

 "Our Islands Our Future": campaign led by the Scottish Islands of Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles in the framework of the 18 September 2014 Referundum in Scotland

Our Islands Our Future - Campaign of the three Scottish Islands in the context of the Sept. 2014 Referundum
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Response of the UK Government (for a 10 point plan for the islands)
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Response of the Scottish Government
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Final resolution adopted by the Islands Commission in Rhodes (May 2014)
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22/23 APRIL 2014
34th CPMR Islands Commission General Assembly

 The Islands Commission will hold its 34th annual General Assembly in Rhodes (South Aegean).

More information
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December 2013
Quality term "product of island farming"

 16 December 2013: Adoption by the European Commission of a report on the case for an optional quality term "product of island farming".

See the document in English
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25 September 2013
CPMR Islands Commission meeting St Malo (FR)

 The Islands Commission met on 25 September 2013 in St Malo in the Framework of the 40th CPMR General Assembly held in

Report on the Islancs Commission meeting
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5 July 2013
INSULEUR - Public Hearing

 Public Hearing entitled "Entrepreneurship in the islands: is enthusiasm enough?" organised by INSULEUR, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union.

Programme
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20-21 JUne 2013
33rd General Assembly of the CPMR Islands Commission

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Read the News on the participation of the Italian Minister for transport Maurizio Lupi...
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5 November 2012 (Nicosia, Cyprus)
32th General Assembly of the CPMR Islands Commission

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 The annual Assembly of the Islands Commission took place on 5 November in Nicosia (Cyprus) as part of the EU Cyprus Presidency

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11-12-13 October 2012
International ESLAND Conference

 Meeting on 11-12-3 October 2012 in Sardinia of the ESLAND Project on European Culture expressed in island Landscapes.

More information on the meeting
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Programme
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3 October 2012
UGO CAPPELLACCI REELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE CPMR ISLANDS COMMISSION

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 Mr Ugo Cappellacci, President of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia has been re-elected by the members of the Islands Commission on 3 October during a session of the IC held in the framework of the 40th CPMR General Assembly.

5-11 August 2012 - Biology Department, University of Azores, São Miguel Island, Portugal
GIslands 2012 – 2nd Advanced International Summer School on GIS and Islands: Climate Change and Coastal Environmental Planning

 GIslands 2012 is an International Summer School on Geotechnologies applied to Climate Change and Coastal Environmental Planning organized by the Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO-Azores) at University of the Azores, situated in the beautiful Azores archipelago in North Atlantic...

For further information
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2 May 2012
Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on Specific problems facing islands

 

Read the Opinion
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7 March 2012
Study on the relevance and the effectiveness of ERDF and Cohesion Fund support to Regions with Specific Geographical Features

 

Final Report - Volume 1 (Only in English)
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Final Report - Volume 2 (Only in English)
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17 February 2012
Meeting with Commissioner Almunia

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 A delegation of the Islands Commission led by its President, Ugo Cappellacci, President of Sardinia, met with the Commissioner for Competition, Joaquin Almunia to ask for more flexibility for islands in the rules on state aid.

Press Release
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Video interview of President CAPPELLACCI by ANSA Brussels
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Minutes of the meeting
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17 February 2012
INSULEUR’s contribution to the work of the European Economic and Social Committee’s Study Group “specific problems facing islands”

 The INSULEUR’s position was presented by Juan Gual de Torrella, President of INSULEUR, at the EESC public hearing taking place in Palma de Mallorca on 17th February 2012.

INSULEUR contribution on specific problems facing islands (Only in French)
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Summary of the INSULEUR contribution
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More information
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8 February 2012 (Committee of the Regions, Brussels)
Meeting organised by the CPMR Islands Commission

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 8 February 2012 : Islands Commission meeting «How can the EU 2014-2020 cohesion policy integrate the EU’s island dimension?»

Information and documents
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21 March 2012 - Brussels
Meeting of the Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands (OTIE)

 The Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands (OTIE) has as the main purpose to draw up statistics surveys and make documents of research in order to identify the current issues of Tourism in the European Islands.

Five years after its foundation, the Observatory is going to get together its own Technical and Scientific Committee in Brussels, the 21st March 2012.

Researchers and students from universities are going to offer their collaboration to draw the picture of island tourism.
In the occasion of the reconstitution, the TSC is going to give two days of training courseon the 22nd and 23rd March 2012 in Brussels that are addressed to students from universities and graduate students, experts of tourism, researchers from research corporations and representatives from public administration offices.

For more information and registration fees: info@otie.org

More information
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Seminar brochure
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20 January 2012
THE PACT OF ISLANDS ADOPTED BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

 

Press release
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8 December 2011
GEOSPECS - The ESPON Applied Research Project GEOSPECS (Geographic Specificities and Development Potentials in Europe) met on 8 December 2011

 The stakeholder conference "Europe's Special Areas?" took place on 8 December 2011 in Brussels, with participants representing the different types of geographic specificities across Europe

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28 September 2011
Meeting of the CPMR Islands Commission

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 Mr Ugo CAPPELLACCI, President of Sardegna Region was elected President of the Islands Commission during its meeting held in Aarhus on 28 September in the framework of the CPMR General Assembly.

Agenda
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Islands Commission Technical Paper on the future cohesion policy
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Taking into account the specific situation of the islands in the state aid rules
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EP Declaration on the establishment of the Pact of Islands as an official European initiative
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19-20 May 2011
Annual Conference of the CPMR Islands Commission

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 The 31st General Assembly of the CPMR Islands Commission took place in Saaremaa (Estonia) on the 19th and 20th May 2011.

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12 April 2011
European Islands are joining forces to fight against climate change : the Pact of Islands signing Ceremony on 12 April 2011 in Brussels (at the Committee of the Regions)

 Signing Ceremony of the Pact of Islands within the context of the European Sustainable Energy Week, 11-15 April 2011 that brings together over 5000 participants in Brussels each year and many more throughout Europe with multiple conferences, exhibitions and specific workshops.

More information on the Ceremony
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On-line registration to the Ceremony
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11 February 2011
Preparatory Meeting organised by the balearic Islands and Corsica on 11 February in Brussels in the light of the Open Days on 10-13 October 2011

 A new cohesion policy regulation will be discussed in both the Parliament and the Council in the second half of this year. It is therefore highly important to boost the visibility of islands in the framework of the territorial cohesion.
The Balearic Islands and Corsica are jointly organizing a debate on the subject to be held in Brussels during the Open Days, on 10-13 October.

Six insular regions have already joined the initiative, and we would like more to take part.

Next preparatory meeting will be held on Friday 11 February at 9.30 a.m. at the premises of the Balearic Islands office in Brussels.

If you're interested in joining the initiative and/or participating in this meeting, please contact us by Tel.:(+32)2 223 14 10 or by email: islands@cbalears.eu or ctc.bruxelles@skynet.be.

3 February 2011
Meeting of the European Parliament Intergroup 174

 The meeting took place with Mr Michel Barnier,Commissioner in charge of Internal market and services

Agenda
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Presentation of Mr Wladyslaw Piskorz, Head of Unit, DG Regio
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31 January 2011
Islands Commission Response to the EC consultation on the future of the CAP

 Islands Commission response to the EC consultation on “The CAP towards 2020: Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future”.

Islands Commission Response
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31 January 2011
Fifth Report on Cohesion

 Islands Commission draft response to the public Consultation on the Conclusions of the Fifth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion

Islands Commission response
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20 December 2010
Seminar “European Islands: development perspectives within Cohesion Policy framework beyond 2013” - Chios (Greece), 20 December 2010

 Participation of the Executive Secretary of the Islands Commission in the seminar “European Islands: development perspectives within Cohesion Policy framework beyond 2013” organized in Chios (Greece) next 20 December.

Agenda
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5 November 2010
European Parliament Intergroup 174

 The Intergoup 174 has launched its offical website.

Visit the website
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29 September 2010
Meeting of the CPMR Islands Commission

 The Islands Commission met on 29th September in conjunction with the CPMR General Assembly in Aberdeen.

Agenda
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Meeting report with M. Dirk Ahner
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EP joint motion for a resolution on the European strategy for the economic and social development of mountain regions, islands and sparsely populated areas
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EP Plenary session ( 21 Sept 2010) - Debate on specific territories and response from Commissioner Hahn (Lesson to the debate - beginning at 21.01))
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Letter by Joaquin Almunia, Vice president of the EC
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European Parliament report on agriculture in areas with natural handicaps: a special health check
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Common Press release following the adoption of the EP resolution on the European strategy for the economic and social development of mountain regions, islands and sparsely populated areas
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Call for tenders - Study on the relevance and the effectiveness of ERDF and Cohesion Fund support to regions with specific geographical features - islands, mountainous and sparsely populated areas
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21 Sept 2010 : EP debate on specific territories and response from Commissioner Hahn - Resolution adopted - Press Release

 EP Debate on the "European strategy for the economic and social development of mountain regions, islands and sparsely populated areas" and response from Commissioner Hahn

Lesson to the debate on this issue (beginning at 21h01)
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Read the resolution (EP multilingual website)
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Common press release (Euromontana, Commission des Iles, ESIN, AEM, Insuleur, NSPA)
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14 September 2010
Call for tenders of DG Regio

 DG Regio opened a procedure of contract notice : "Study on the relevance and the effectiveness of ERDF and Cohesion Fund support to regions with specific geographical features - islands, mountainous and sparsely populated areas".
Time limit for receipt of tenders: 14th September 2010

Call for tenders
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1st July 2010
S&D Seminar "Islands: Bridging the gap. Challenges and options for the EU's insular territories"

European Parliament

 The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament held a seminar on islands in Brussels on the 1st July.

Agenda
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Conclusions of the seminar
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20 & 21 May 2010
Annual Conference of the CPMR Islands Commission

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 The 30th General Assembly of the CPMR Islands Commission was held in Ponta Delgada (Azores) the 20 and 21 May 2010.

More information
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26 April 2010
Conference “Towards the recognition of insularity in the European Regional Policy” - Palma (Mallorca), 26th April 2010

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 The Balearic Islands Governement organized a conference on insularity the 26th April 2010 in Palma (ES).

More information on the site (programme, presentations...):
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Video of the Conference
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Fianl declaration
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22 March 2010
Parliamentary intergroup "Mountains, Islands, Sparsely Populated Regions"

 The parliamentary intergroup "Mountains, Islands, Sparsely Populated Regions" held its first meeting last 24th February at the European Parliament.

Read the press release
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Read the critical note of DG REGIO Working Paper «Territories with Specific Geographical Features»
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22 March 2010
ESPON 2013 Programme - "The Development of the Islands – European Islands and Cohesion Policy (EUROISLANDS)"

 ESPON published a report, on "The Development of the Islands – European Islands and Cohesion Policy (EUROISLANDS)", presenting the interim results of a Targeted Analysis conducted within the framework of the ESPON 2013 Programme.

Read the interim report
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18/19 February 2010
Transport Workshop - 18/19 February 2010, Bornholm (DK)

 The Islands Commission organized a workshop on maritime transport that took place on the 18 and 19 February 2010 in Bornholm.

More information
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8 December 2009
Parliamentary Intergroup “Mountainous, Islands, Sparsely Populated Regions”

 The Parliamentary Intergroup “Mountainous, Islands, Sparsely Populated Regions” was set-up and validated on 8 December 2009.
Mr Alyn Smith (MEP), a Scottish MEP who attended our annual conference in the Outer Hebrides had undertaken, together with colleagues from or representatives of these various territories, to take the initiative of setting up such an Intergroup so that the interests and specific characteristics of these territories are taken into account and protected.
Another Intergroup supported by the CPMR, the “Seas and Coastal Affairs Intergroup”, has also been approved.

Read the CPMR press release
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30 November 2009
“Territories with specific geographical features“

 The DG for Regional Policy has just published the following document “Territories with specific geographical features“ (on regional research and indicators ) that provides an analysis of the economic and social situation of these territories, and their evolution in recent years.

Read the document
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30 November 2009
TERRITORIAL COHESION

 Revised version of the response of the CPMR Islands Commission to the EC Consultation on the Green Paper on "Territorial Cohesion: Turning territorial diversity into strength".

Response of the CPMR Islands Commission
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27 octobre 2009
CPMR's open letter to President Barroso

 

Read the letter
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4 October 2009

 EU island regions express solidarity with small island states on the issue of climate change.

Read the press release
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Read the AOSIS Climate Change Declaration
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25 August 2009
Insulae. 2nd European Conference on Minor Islands (the Isle of Elba, Italy - 7th/12th September 2009)

 Insulae Conference. Great Minor European islands is an event organized by the Tuscan Region and by the Tuscan ‘Anci’ [Association of Italian Municipalities] together with Ancim [Association of Italian Minor Islands], which has chosen a double perspective for its second edition of the “European Conference on Minor Islands”.

Read the draft agenda
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Read the depliant
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24 July 2009
Maritime cabotage

 Comments of the CPMR Islands Commission on the consultation of the 5th Maritime Cabotage Report

Islands Commission comments
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18 May 2009

 Islands, mountains and sparsely-populated areas to set up special interest Group in EU Parliament.

Read the press release
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9-11 September 2008
EUROISLANDS Study

 « On the initiative of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance of the Hellenic Republic, a study dedicated to the " Development of Islands " is to be initiated by ESPON (European Spatial Planning Observation Network) www.espon.eu as part of its working programme. Entitled "EUROISLANDS", this proposal is supported by 11 partners (6 regional authorities and 5 national authorities) from 9 member states of the EU, and also by diverse organisations representing island interests (CPMR Islands Commission, INSULEUR, ESIF, etc.) »

More information :
www.espa.gr

Presentation of the EUROISLANDS Study : 8th Annual Meeting of the European Small Islands Federation
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New article on cohesion
24 July 2007

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 Article 158 was thus finally amended as follows:

(a) in the first paragraph, the words "economic and social cohesion" shall be replaced by "economic, social and territorial cohesion";

(b) in the second paragraph, the words "or islands, including rural areas" shall be deleted;

(c) the following new paragraph shall be added: "Among the regions concerned, particular attention shall be paid to rural areas, areas affected by industrial transition, and regions which suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps such as the northernmost regions with very low population density and island, cross-border and mountain regions."

Draft Reform Treaty
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Mr Musotto's report on "The islands and natural and economic constraints in the context of the regional policy"
01 March 2007

 Adoption of Mr Musotto's report on "The islands and natural and economic constraints in the context of the regional policy".

You will notice a number of proposals from the lslands Commission.

Text of the report in all languages:
www.europarl.europa.eu

REPORT ON REDUCING THE CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT OF AVIATION
4 July 2006 - European Parliament

 The European Parliament adopted on 4 July 2006, the report presented by Ms Caroline LUCAS on Reducing the climate change impact of aviation.
The Parliament also adopted in its Plenary session, by a very large majority, an amendment asking that a special attention be paid to the situation of most isolated territories and especially to insular or outermost regions.

Amendment adopted by the EP :
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