EC launches project on clean air in EU islands

The project will aim to assist EU islands to develop clean and eco-friendly means of energy 

Maltese MEP Alfred Sant was one of the MEPs who worked on the project's implementation.
Maltese MEP Alfred Sant was one of the MEPs who worked on the project's implementation.

The European Commission has launched the project ‘Strengthening cooperation on climate action among EU islands’ with the primary aim of assisting EU islands to develop clean and eco-friendly means of energy.

The project was proposed by Maltese MEP Alfred Sant, former Prime Minister and Croatian MEP Tonino Picula, former Foreign Affairs Ministers of Croatia who in the past months worked on the implementation of a project for clean energy for EU island states. The European Commission has forked out €10 million to enforce the project after it had already approved €2 million for the same project. 

Sant has been actively asking the EC to provide funds for clean energy in EU islands, including Malta and Gozo, while Picula is representing various Croatian islands.

‘The Secretariat for the Islands Initiative’ is expected to assist EU islands in preparation of decarbonisation plans, and give guidance on their implementation. It will also organise the Islands Initiative annual fora in 2018 and 2019 to bring together all concerned stakeholders.

Sant said that in Europe there is already a base of island experience that has made good progress in developing and generating locally and cost-effective clean energy. That already offers scope for further expansion and development of clean energy production to most European island systems.

He expressed his satisfaction that the EC had supported his concerns to make up for the effects of insularity which citizens experience in  EU islands.

The Commission will identify 20 islands as case-studies working with different individual islands.

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