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INSULEUR

The Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union (INSULEUR) is based in Chios island, Greece and it oversees the close cooperation of the insular Chambers of Commerce of the European Union, with the aim of promoting economic and social development of the islands of the EU.

The Network has, without doubt, significantly contributed to the community acquis, which is to be preserved and further developed.

There are already positive results towards this great goal through the efforts of the members of the European Regional Policy. This is demonstrated by the Maritime Transport Policy which provided a special set of rules for the protection of certain maritime links of Europe's islands that would not have been adequately served if the laws of the market had been applied otherwise. Another instance is the Community Agricultural Policy, which also adopted specific rules on small islands.

The Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union (INSULEUR, www.insuleur.eu), represents and supports island entrepreneurship in the EU. The President of the Network is Mr. George Benetos (President of the Professional Chamber of Piraeus). The island businesses, and especially those of the Greek islands, which are represented by their respective Chambers, are called on to overcome major sustainability issues, because of their increased operating costs, competition from the EU regions and third countries, and all this within a continuously dire economic situation.

As is well known, the islands are characterized by inherent disadvantages and permanent structural problems caused by their insularity and geographical isolation making them "vulnerable" to external economic, social and environmental factors.

With significant deficiencies in social and technical infrastructure, a decreasingly competitive production system and inadequate supplies for human resources, the island economies are called upon, within the period 2014-2020, to make a renewed qualitative leap, utilizing their current resources to the maximum extent.

In the EU, the insularity issue applies horizontally in all European policies (regional, environmental, agricultural, energy, transport policy, enterprise policy, competition policy and state funding) and therefore, should be considered during the configuration of Community decisions and be countered with compensative measures.

Within its aim to influence the European institutions in favor of the islands, INSULEUR works with governments of island states and organizations with island interests such as the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of the EU (CRPM), which also represents the European Island Regions and the European Small Islands Network (ESIN) which in turn represent the municipalities of small islands.

Furthermore, INSULEUR has participated recently as a partner in a transnational program of European territorial cooperation - MED program, namely INNONAUTICs, the product of which is, inter alia, an electronic platform (www.nauticaleurope.com) in support of the naval industry and nautical tourism.

Overall, the presence of the Network in Brussels is characterized as extremely important in the strategy and planning for the improvement of economic and social reality in the islands of the European Union.

Mission

The Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union (INSULEUR) is a civil non-profit association set up in compliance with Greek law, which oversees the close cooperation of the insular Chambers of Commerce of the European Union and aims to promote economic and social development of islands of the EU.

The Network headquarters are in Chios (Greece), and its Statute of Association has been deposited in the Chios Court of First Instance.

The Network has permanent representation at European Union institutions in Brussels.

 

Objectives The most important objectives of the Network are:

1) Ensuring Collaboration between members so as to support insular regions in the European Union, fight isolation, highlight their specificities and formulate proposals to solve their problems.

2) Putting together an integrated policy for the development of its regions and closely collaborating in this aim with European institutions as well as with non-governmental organizations to implement this policy.

3) Encouraging initiatives, projects and perspectives on the economic development of insular regions in the European Union.

4) Drawing up a list of specific problems businesses in insular regions in the European Union face, studying them and submitting appropriate proposals.

5) Conducting research and information activities to facilitate the implementation of the aforementioned objectives.

 

Regarding Islands in the European Union:

The consequences to globalization in the coming years means promoting and achieving sustainable development is a must for insular regions in the European Union (EU). In this framework, Insuleur (Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union) was set up in the year 2000 with the aim of improving economic and social conditions in European insular regions, which make daily efforts to cope with the physical difficulties to their insular nature.

The Insular Chambers of Commerce of the European Union hope to become pioneers of a new approach with regards to insular regions in Europe through this initiative, progressively evening out the imbalances between continental and insular regions.

 

 
 
 
 

Board of Directors INSULEUR

            Chairman: George Benetos,

            Professional Chamber of Piraeus, Greece

            Deputy Chairs:

            Collette Koury, CCI Guadeloupe, France

            Giancarlo Deidda, CCI Cagliari, Italy

            Michael Grech, CCI Gozo, Malta

            Vidoje Vijic, CCI Rijeka, Croatia

            Treasurer: Ioannis Margaronis,

            CCI Chania, Greece

            Secretary General: Antonio Grimalt,

            CCI Majorca, Spain

 

INSULEUR by Country

Full Members:

Greece, France, Italy, Spain, Malta, U.K.

 

Associated Members:

Croatia, Cyprus, Italy

 

Regarding Islands in the European Union:

The consequences to globalization in the coming years means promoting and achieving sustainable development is a must for insular regions in the European Union (EU). In this framework, Insuleur (Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union) was set up in the year 2000 with the aim of improving economic and social conditions in European insular regions, which make daily efforts to cope with the physical difficulties to their insular nature.

The Insular Chambers of Commerce of the European Union hope to become pioneers of a new approach with regards to insular regions in Europe through this initiative, progressively evening out the imbalances between continental and insular regions.

 

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