Inspire Policy Making by Territorial Evidence
  • EUROISLANDS - The Development of the Islands – European Islands and Cohesion Policy

    Thematic scope
    In recent years great consideration has been given to geographical particularities within the EU which seem to be significantly responsible for the persistence of regional and intraregional inequalities, affecting the development of some regions. The territorial dimension has been included in the recent cohesion reports, lending a particular dynamic in the search of more specialised and integrated policies. Based on the common acknowledgment of the particular problems that islands face but also on their opportunities for development, a specific Action concerning the European Islands has been included in the First Action Program (AP1) for the implementation of the Territorial Agenda. The EUROISLANDS targeted analysis is in line with the requirements and objectives of the AP1 and is expected to contribute to the definition of the future steps of the Action. The aim of the project is to deliver an appropriate reference work and a set of policy recommendations and strategic guidance to foster the sustainable development of the European islands within the framework of the Single Market.

    Please read more about the main areas of analysis and main results envisaged.

    • Ministry of Economy & Finance, Greece (Lead Stakeholder)
    • Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), Malta
    • National Rural Development Agency (GBV), Sweden
    • Municipality of Gotland (GK), Sweden
    • Government of the Balearic Islands (CAIB), Spain
    • Department of Town Planning and Housing (DTPH), Cyprus
    • Regional Municipality of Bornholm, Department of Regional Development (RU BRK), Denmark
    • Ministry of Economic Development, DPS, Italy
    • Autonomous Region of Sardinia, Department of EU and International Affairs (RAS), Italy
    • Saaremaa County Government, Department of Development and Planning (SCG), Estonia
    • The Government of Åland, Department for Administrative Affairs (AL), Finland

    Lead Partner
    Research Unit – University of the Aegean (Greece)

    Detailed information on the contracted project team can be found under Transnational Project Groups.

    Budget: € 250.000,00

    Project’s lifetime: February 2009 – June 2010

    Delivery of Reports

    Inception Report: 6 May 2009
    Interim Report: 5 May 2010
    Draft Final Report: 10 September 2010

    Revised Draft Final Report: 10 December 2010
    Final Report: 1 March 2011

    Reports will be published once they are approved by the ESPON Monitoring Committee

    More information
    Please contact the Project Expert at the ESPON Coordination Unit:
    Sandra DI BIAGGIO, e-mail:

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