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2nd Smart Islands Forum

The 2nd Forum of Smart European Islands is scheduled to take place in Brussels on 28 March 2017, hosted by the European Parliament.

The event is organized by European island authorities and actors and builds on the outcomes of the 1st Smart Islands Forum hosted by on 21-22 June in Athens, Greece. For more information on the Forum, see

Key objective of the event is to present the Smart Islands Initiative, currently supported by 70 island authorities from 13 countries across Europe. Further, during the event representatives from island local and regional authorities will sign the Smart Islands Declaration.

Overall the event will engage EU policy-makers and representatives from local and regional authorities, research institutions, the private sector and civil society on a discussion about islands’ potential to drive Europe’s transition into a low-carbon, sustainable and inclusive economy.

Islands in Brussels

Joseph Meyer 1860

The tradition of this blog is to use a picture from next year’s annual general meeting as a header. In 2015, it was a picture from Kastelorizo, in 2014 from Sant’Antiocco, in 2013 from Kökar, in 2012 from Mull, and so on. Next year’s AGM is in in Brussels, so what you see is a map of Brussels.

We know there are no islands in Brussels, but before the Senne river was covered in the 1871, making place for the construction of public buildings and major boulevards, there were two small islands: Petite Île (Little Island) and Saint-Géry Island, just next to the Grand’ Place as you can see from Joseph Meyers beautiful map of 1860.Senne_river