The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy has provided us with a new definition of the elusive nature of an island, ”being characterised as permanently inhabited with a population of minimum 20, surrounded by saline water, whether or not interconnected by road, power line or any other infrastructure.”
This was created within the context of the ”Islands Initiative” which shall support transition to clean energy on islands.
We most happily acknowledge our European Union has come a long way from its old opinion that an island is not an island if it has fewer than 50 permanent residents, is attached to the mainland by a rigid structure, is less than 1 km from the mainland, or is home to the capital of an EU state.
Thank you Brendan Devlin! It may seem a small step for a European Government official, but it is a giant step for our part of mankind.
Just making sure: basically, an island remains a piece of land surrounded by water.