ESPON Euroislands study

ESPON (European Spatial Planning Observation Network) is a program launched by the European Commission to analyze spatial development in transnational projects (so far, more than 50,000 pages and maps).

The ESPON study on Europe’s islands was undertaken 2009-2011 by prof Ioannis Spilanis at the University of the Aegean. It produced a Final Report, a beautiful Atlas of the Islands and a Scientific Report, among others.

Atlas of the Islands



Link to all reports and documents produced by the project:

Stakeholders were the Ministry of Economy & Finance, Greece (Lead Stakeholder), Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Malta, National Rural Development Agency, Sweden, the Municipality of Gotland, Sweden, the Government of the Balearic Islands, Spain, the Department of Town Planning and Housing, Cyprus, the Regional Municipality of Bornholm, Department of Regional Development, Denmark, the Ministry of Economic Development, Italy, the Autonomous Region of Sardinia, Department of EU and International Affairs, Italy, the Saaremaa County Government, Department of Development and Planning, Estonia, and the Government of Åland, Department for Administrative Affairs. ESIN was not a partner but indirectly represented by Christian Pleijel, who was the Government of Åland delegate.