Within the geographical context of insularity, Transport plays a key role in terms of territorial cohesion and economic development, as defined in Article 170 of the Trans-European Networks of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
Improving accessibility and connectivity for all EU regions as well as taking into account the specific case of island, landlocked, sparsely populated, remote and ultraperipheral regions are among the main priorities set out in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines.
The Islands Commission highlights the island dimension in the CPMR’s work and action on Accessibility. It advocates a response adapted to the challenges of accessibility in the island regions and the need to link them to the central regions of the EU.
In addition, the Islands Commission supports the CPMR’s Accessibility Campaign to underline the unquestionable relationship between accessibility and the economic development of Regions and the fact that accessibility is insufficiently taken into account in the TEN-T & CEF maps and pieces of legislation.