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– 8 October 2019 –

Europe Closer to citizens of Islands Mountains and Sparsely Populated Areas


For the 2019 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the European Commission (DG Regional and Urban Policy) is organising a workshop “Europe closer to citizens of islands, mountains and sparsely populated areas” which will focus on the future Cohesion Policy in specific territories of the EU such as islands, mountains and sparsely populated areas.

The CPMR Islands Commission is partnering with Euromontana and the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas network to discuss on the opportunities and challenges of integrated territorial strategies and the territorial tools of Cohesion Policy, namely Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI) and Community-led Local Development (CLLD), to unleash the development potential of EU specific territories. All island stakeholders are most welcome to join and participate in the discussions!

The workshop will also address the new Policy Objective 5 “Europe closer to citizens” of Cohesion Policy and present several case studies and best practices applied on islands, mountains and northern sparsely populated areas.

There is a limited number of places so do not forget to register by 27 September!


Coordinator: Eleftherios Stavropoulos, DG REGIO


  • Wallis Goelen Vandebrock, Senior Advisor DG REGIO

How the post 2020 regional policy can address the challenges and unleash the development potential of EU islands, mountains and sparsely populated areas. Main focus on PO5 and using integrated strategies.

11:40 -11:55

Comments by stakeholders

  • Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions (CPMR)
  • Marie Clotteau, Director of Euromontana
  • Mikael Janson, Director North Sweden European Office


3 Presentations of application and implementation of CLLD and ITI on areas with geographical and demographic specificities focusing on how these tools allowed for a tailor made approach in areas with geographical and demographic specificities, what were the challenges, lessons learned etc.

  • Martin Traxl, the experience of using integrated strategies in the mountain areas of Tyrol
  • Christos Malakos. ITI of small islands of the North Aegean
  • Leader Polaris (Gällivare) in the NSPA (tbc)

12:25- 12:40

Comments by stakeholders (CPMR, Euromontana and NSPA)

12:40 – 13:00 Questions by the audience

DG REGIO is also organising an exhibition with best practices of how ERDF was used to help the potential of these areas