EUROISLANDS Draft Final Report online
EUROISLANDS – The Development of the Islands, European Islands and Cohesion Policy – the Draft Final Report is now online
The aim of the EUROISLANDS 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 European context. The Draft Final Report sets out the emerging project findings and supports the view that islands need an adequate strategy in order to valorise their characteristics. It includes elaborated analysis helping islands to assess and address their upcoming challenges and their future potential from a European perspective.
According to the report, the performance of the islands is generally lagging behind EU-27 for most of the key development indicators; vulnerability is a characteristic feature of the economy of islands, the attractiveness is particularly low compared to national and to EU-27 averages; natural and cultural assets constitute a promising potential for a significant number of islands.
EUROISLANDS, produced by the University of the Aegean (GR) as Lead Partner, Centre for Regional and Tourism Research (DK) and University of Malta (MT) as Project Partners, shall deliver its Final Report in March 2011.
Read the Draft Final Report as well as all background documents at the ESPON Website.
**Note that Ireland is not considered an island in the European context. It does not meet the criteria, I think because it includes a capital city… although Malta is in island…**