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Greek TV covers the small islands of Europe


Greek journalist Kostas Argyros, seconded by Eleni Korovila and a film team, has been island-hopping around Europe, covering some of its small islands. On Sunday evening, the Greek television program “28europe” showed his 45 minute long report


Such great contributions from islanders Bengt, Lefteris, Tarja, Camille, Christian, Denis, Laurids and Maria. Such beautiful portraits of Skaftö (though Bengt seems a bit mislocated), Prangli in Estonia, Eigg in Scotland, the Åland Islands, Houat and Ouessant in France, Sejerø in Denmark and Tilos in Greece. But not just beauty – Kostas catches some of the important issues regarding life on small islands.

I especially like the interviews with Tarja from Prangli and Maria from Tilos.

tarja maria

All in all: a fantastic portrait of ESIN (the only thing missing is English subtitles).

Islands Matrix

The islands of Europe are typically divided into four groups: Mediterranean, Atlantic, Baltic and Overseas. This is a natural and clever segmentation, based on regional and cultural dimensions.

The European Economic and Social Committee has a Study Group on Islands. When taking part of their meeting on February, 4, we thought it might be interesting to use other dimensions to describe the islands: the political dimension, describing the islands’ degree of autonomy, and the geographical dimension, describing the remoteness of the islands.

Professor Godfrey Baldacchino at the University of Malta has kindly helped us to work out the matrix with the 2,140 populated European Union Member States islands grouped with the help of these two dimensions, distributed into 16 cells, plus a conclusion and some reflections.

Thank you all for your help!

Christian Pleijel



ESIN selected as experts by DG Regio

Report from the first meeting can be found here:

ESIN, represented by Christian Pleijel with Elefteris Kechagioglou as a substitute, has been selected as member of the coming structured dialogues of the European Structural and Investment Funds’ group of experts.

The regional policy of the European Union is implemented through five Funds: the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Social Fund, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The group of experts is representing umbrella organisations at EU level, having a specific interest in the European Structural and Investment Funds, and being able to support the Commission as regards of cohesion policy, transport energy, environment, economy, agriculture and fisheries.

The first experts meeting will be held 12 November in Brussels.

This is a great achievement for ESIN.