European island regions are home to over 20.5 million inhabitants, which
represent 4.6% of the EU’s population. Islands belong to 13 member States
and are defined by article 174 TFEU as being in need of particular
attention in terms of the Union aim to reduce disparities in development
levels. Moreover, article 349 TFEU creates a clear legal basis for special
measures for outermost regions.
Cohesion policy is crucial in pursuing balanced regional development in the
European Union, and it represents the most suitable policy to address
developmental disparities between European islands and other regions.
However, island regions are not accorded any specific status in cohesion
policy as it currently stands and they are usually grouped together with
mountain regions and sparsely populated areas.
The European Committee of the Regions and the Conference of Peripheral
Maritime Regions (CPMR), in particular
through its Islands Commission,
together with the
#CohesionAlliance, have been very active in promoting the needs of European islands.
The event gathers together representatives from islands all over Europe to
highlight their vision and contribution towards the Conference on the
Future of Europe. Governors and local politicians will answer to the
fundamental questions: did the COFE take on board islands' needs and
requests so far? What happens after the COFE? Which future can we imagine
for European islands?
You can follow the event using this link.