Two entrepreneurs to unlock the blue economy potential in Greece through Crowdfunding


Crowdfunding is a funding tool that can play a key role in financing SMEs seeking to develop initiatives to improve sustainability. In the framework of the Blue Economy, it can bridge the financial gap between innovative ideas and their market application. As crowdfunding allows engaging citizens in economic initiatives that enable a shift to a more sustainable economy, its power goes far beyond: Mainstreaming the crowdfunding will contribute to deploying European solutions, thus allowing blue-economy SMEs to get better access to funding, and innovation capacities in the blue growth sector which will be improved. 

Within this perspective, INSULEUR announces the two entrepreneurs selected in the first Blue Crowdfunding Mediterranean call (#BlueCrowdMED), and they've already launched their campaigns. 

These campaigns are promoted by INSULEUR and are supported by the Interreg MED project - "BlueCrowdfunding - Capacity building for blue economy stakeholders to effectively use crowdfunding" which aims to unlock the blue economy's potential in the Mediterranean region. 

The two selected applicants from Greece will try to achieve the needed funding to finance their innovative projects. All information about these projects and how to support them is available on the gogetfunding platfrom.

Feel free to share these campaigns and help the entrepreneurs obtain the greatest success and beneficial results for the Mediterranean region through the results of their projects !

(1) Aquasafe bag campaign

(2) Aegean Yachting Festival 2021 campaign    



PRESS RELEASE - assessment of national recovery plans / letter to EU commission


On May 13th, 2021, the President of INSULEUR, Mr Joseph Borg addressed a letter to Ms Ursula Von der Leyen about the need to 


 "Ensure a Fair and Effective Recovery in EU Islands through adequate measures in National Recovery and Resilience Plans".  


Read the related PRESS RELEASE    



INSULEUR's latest Newsletter is out !


Read the latest issue of INSULEURVOICE - n.22 - May 2021

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ONLINE EVENT - Marine Spatial Planning as a tool to boost and support Blue Entrepreneurship in Islands


The Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union is organizing in partnership with the European and Economic and Social Committee and in collaboration with the Center of Excellence of Blue Growth - Shipping - Marine Environment - Insularity of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens an online workshop on


"Marine Spatial Planning as a tool to boost and support Blue Entrepreneurship in Islands"


The Workshop will take place on
Friday, April 16th 2021, from 2.30 to 4.00 PM (CET)










Don't forget to register !


The GA will follow @ 16.00 PM (CET) after the ONLINE EVENT "Marine Spatial Planning as a tool to boost and support Blue Entrepreneurship in Islands"


Warning: 2 separate registartions are needed (one for the GA, one for the event)


INSULEUR celebrates its 20 years anniversary !


2020 marks 20 years from the day that INSULEUR was created.

In order to celebrate this milestone, we would like to share with you a symbolic commemorative booklet with a compilation of messages and pictures retracing INSULEUR's incredible journey.






Project co financed by the European Regional Development Fund  




Do you want to run crowdfunding campaign to realise your Blue Economy related project?


The Network of Insular Chambers of Commerce of European Union, assisted by Rethymno Development Agency, announces an open call for the selection of initiatives that will be supported to carry out its own crowdfunding campaigns.


The call is open to following applicants: SME's, start-ups, cooperatives, social entrepreneurs, Civic Society organizations and NGOs developing Blue Economy related projects. The budget of the support is up to four thousand six hundred (4,600,00) euro per campaign.


The duration of the campaign is four (4) months, 01/02/2021-31/05/2021.


The following are examples of the type of support we can provide: coordination and development of the campaign, suggest which crowdfunding platform would best suit the campaign, proposal of a marketing strategy outlining the target audience and how they would be engaged with, production of promotional material, support for a series of public events in the community and support for an intensive social media campaign promoting the project.

Deadline for submission of applications: January 7th 2021.


The support is provided as part of the activities of the project Capacity Building of BLUE Economy Stakeholders to Effectively use CROWDFUNDING (BLUE CROWDFUNDING), funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF),


Click HERE to fill your Application Form


We remain available for any further questions you may have:

·       Network of Insular Chambers of Commerce of European Union: mikelis.irene@gmail.com and

·       Rethymno Development Agency: eanep@otenet.gr.     





Θέλετε να ξεκινήσετε μια εκστρατεία crowdfunding, για να υλοποιήσετε επιχειρηματική σας πρωτοβουλία σχετική με τη Γαλάζια Οικονομία; Το Δίκτυο Νησιωτικών Επιμελητηρίων της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, σε συνεργασία με την Αναπτυξιακή Εταιρεία Ρεθύμνου, ανακοινώνει ανοιχτή πρόσκληση ενδιαφέροντος για την επιλογή πρωτοβουλιών οι οποίες θα υποστηριχτούν για να υλοποιήσουν τις δικιές τους εκστρατείες crowdfunding.


Η πρόσκληση αφορά μικρομεσαίες και start-up επιχειρήσεις, συμπράξεις, κοινωνικές επιχειρήσεις, αστικές εταιρείες και μη κυβερνητικούς οργανισμούς που αναπτύσουν δραστηριότητες σχετικές με τη Γαλάζια Οικονομία. Ο προϋπολογισμός ανέρχεται στο ποσό των τεσσάρων χιλιάδων εξακοσίων (4.600,00) ευρώ ανά εκστρατεία. Η διάρκεια της εκστρατείας είναι τέσσερις (4) μήνες, 01/02/2021-31/05/2021.


Η υποστήριξη της εκστρατείας μπορεί να περιλαμβάνει υπηρεσίες για την προετοιμασία και την ανάπτυξή της, ανάρτηση σε πλατφόρμα crowdfunding η οποία θα ταιριάζει καλυτέρα στη συγκεκριμένη εκστρατεία, πρόταση στρατηγικής marketing η οποία θα αναδείξει το στοχευμένο κοινό και τρόπο αλληλεπίδρασης μαζί του, παραγωγή διαφημιστικού υλικού, υποστήριξη στα κοινωνικά δίκτυα και σε υλοποίηση δημοσίων εκδηλώσεων.


Η προθεσμία για την υποβολή αιτήσεων λήγει στις 7 Ιανουαρίου 2021.


Η παροχή υποστήριξης αποτελεί μέρος των δραστηριοτήτων του έργου Capacity Building of Blue Economy Stakeholders to Effectively use Crowdfunding' που υλοποιείται στο πλαίσιο του Ευρωπαϊκού Προγράμματος Διακρατικής Συνεργασίας MED το οποίο χρηματοδοτείται από το Ευρωπαϊκό Ταμείο Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης.


Κάντε κλικ ΕΔΩ για αποστολή Αίτησης Εκδήλωσης Ενδιαφέροντος


Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες μπορείτε να απευθυνθείτε με ηλεκτρονικό μήνυμα στους:

·       Δίκτυο Νησιωτικών Επιμελητηρίων της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης: mikelis.irene@gmail.com και

·       Αναπτυξιακή Εταιρεία Ρεθύμνου: eanep@otenet.gr.



INVITATION TO FREE ONLINE WEBINAR organised by INSULEUR assisted by the Gozo Business Chamber and Rethymno Development Agency, as part of the BLUE CROWDFUNDING Project

 SMEs and potential entrepreneurs often face difficulties in obtaining financing for innovative ideas, or in new economic sectors such as the Blue Economy. In 2015, DG Mare had defined the blue economy as any market activity that is intrinsically linked to the sea and covers: (1) primary sectors such as transport (shipbuilding, shipping), energy (oil, gas, and renewable energy), food (fisheries, aquaculture), and coastal tourism; (2) secondary sectors (e.g. insurance) which provide goods and services to these primary sectors; and (3) smaller sectors such as marine aggregation extraction or communication cable laying [Source: EC, DG MARE (2015)]. Crowdfunding can be a vehicle through which new ideas in the Blue Economy can be financed, as it is an innovative concept that connects entrepreneurs and potential investors through an online platform (Golic, 2014).

  This webinar entitled ‘Crowdfunding for Blue Economy Projects' will highlight the importance of the Blue Economy and provide participants with the basic elements of crowdfunding as an important financing tool.  


This will be held on Friday 23 October between 1PM and 2.30PM (CET) 


The main speakers for the event will be Dr Samuel Azzopardi, the European Committee of the Regions representative for the blue economy, and Matthew Caruana from the Crowdfunding platform ZAAR. Matthew Caruana is a business innovator, coach and mentor with a proven track record for driving project success from the grassroots up. Since 2016, he has driven ZAAR - Malta's leading crowdfunding platform - and has grown it into a nationally-recognised brand. In this position, he has excelled at taking numerous start-up projects through their critical early days and helped them to become successful.  


You can register for free through the link below:



Project co financed by the European Regional Development Fund







Γλώσσα διεξαγωγής: ΙΣΠΑΝΙΚΑ

Πέμπτη 8 / 10 / 2020, 10AM - 12PM CET

(Πλατφόρμα Zoom)



Sesión informativa gratuita para desarrollar los conceptos clave del mundo del crowdfunding y explicar las principales dinámicas de esta herramienta de financiación. El objetivo básico es adquirir un conocimiento para afrontar una posible implementación de una campaña de crowdfunding para financiar un proyecto, un servicio o un producto. Esta sesión, abierta a todas las actividades económicas, estará enfocada al sector de la economía azul (energía azul, seguridad marítima, transporte marítimo, turismo marítimo, pesca y acuicultura). A lo largo del webinar "Crowdfunding: un océano de posibilidades" veremos cómo esta herramienta puede ser una verdadera alternativa de financiación para pymes y desarrollaremos los siguientes temas:


  • ¿qués es y cómo funciona?
  • tipos de crowdfunding
  • campañas de crowdfunding
  • ventajas para las pymes


 El uso del crowdfunding podría contribuir a mejorar la innovación de la economía azul en el Mediterráneo, pero su conocimiento y capacidades son bajos en comparación con el norte de la Unión Europea. El proyecto Interreg Mediterranean Blue Crowdfunging, del cual participa la Cámara de Comercio de Mallorca a través de Insuleur -la red de cámaras insulares del Mediterráneo- es mejorar la capacidad de innovación en el sector de la economía azul mediante la integración del uso del crowdfunding. Este taller informativo será impartido por Platoniq, fundadora de Goteo.org  




Το έργο συγχρηματοδοτείται από το Ευρωπαϊκό Ταμείο Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης (ERDF)

Project Co financed by the European  Regional Development Fund (ERDF)



Save the date- Public Hearing

The Network of Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR), in partnership with the EESC, will organize a Public Hearing on Friday, 5th of June 2020 in Brussels on the "Green Deal and Islands".

The Public Hearing will aim to explore all potentials provided by the EU Green Deal for Islands and insular businesses, analyzethe key points of the Green Deal regarding island eco-systems and promote Islands as test-beds for the implementation of the measures provided by the new instruments and Actions Plans.




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General Assembly and Forum

On the 24th and the 25th October the INSULEUR General Assembly and Forum were held at Gozo, Malta. Delegates from Malta, Greece, Spain, France, Italy and, Jersey participated in the events.
During the General Assembly on the 24th October, which was reserved solely for INSULEUR members, core issues such as "Blue Growth and Islands" and VAT regulations arose, while among the subjects having been discussed were a proposal for revisions to the state aid framework that would target islands' needs as well as the issue of refugees and immigrants.
This year's Forum was devoted to "the Digital Transformation of European Islands". In particular, the association and interconnectivity between insular economies and digitilisation was thoroughly examined. Furthermore, keynote speeches included initiatives of insular chambers with respect to digitalization on insular economies and SMEs, and the development of a strategy towards digitalization for EU islands.


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Tender for selection of extroversion event participants

organizing an extroversion event, where innovative agro-business and agro-tourism companies will be
able to meet in the international environment, discuss cooperation possibilities, present their products to
international distributors and share experiences.
The event will take place on the 27 th of September 2018 in Foggia (Italy).


Tender for selection of extroversion event participants (82 KB)

Save the Date


Thursday 24th and Friday 25th October 2019

-Annual Forum

- General Assembly of INSULEUR


Gozo Business Chamber



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European Committee of the Regions Press Release

European Committee of the Regions and EUROCHAMBRES join forces to deliver jobs and growth across the EU

The EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry - EUROCHAMBRES - agreed a new Action Plan for renewed cooperation in key areas for improving business conditions and regional economic development.

The Action Plan, co-signed in Brussels by Presidents Karl-Heinz Lambertz (European Committee of the Regions) and Christoph Leitl (EUROCHAMBRES), sets out fields of cooperation for 2019-2022 with the aim of tackling youth unemployment and skills mismatch, stimulating entrepreneurship, strengthening cohesion and increasing industrial competitiveness.


On signing the Action Plan, Christoph Leitl, President of EUROCHAMBRES, commented: "EUROCHAMBRES and the European Committee of the Regions are only as strong as their networks. Local Chambers of Commerce & Industry and regional authorities play a pivotal role in delivering Europe's socio-economic progress at grass roots level. This will be strengthened if our networks work together. Our joint Action Plan provides a valuable framework to reinforce such cooperation and thus drive regional and European growth."


CoR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz added: "It is only through cooperation, partnership and working locally across borders that the EU can create jobs, drive growth, tackle inequality and ensure that no citizen is left behind. Our renewed partnership with EUROCHAMBRES brings businesses together with local and regional authorities from across the EU so we can share knowledge, experience and skills to improve the effectiveness of the EU and stimulate regional investment."


The CoR and EUROCHAMBRES 2019-22 Action Plan foresees the following fields of cooperation, which will be reviewed regularly throughout the implementation period:



  • Enhanced cooperation on EU legislative work through the exchange of position papers and studies;
  • Tackling youth unemployment and the "skills mismatch" through exchanging innovative and best practices;
  • Stimulating entrepreneurship and SME policy through the promotion of the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) programme and network of European Entrepreneurial Regions (EER);
  • Advocating for better EU regulation and subsidiarity through Territorial Impact Assessments and the Regional Hubs initiative;
  • Support of cooperation in neighbourhood countries through an initiative on young entrepreneurship in Mediterranean partner countries and the dissemination of information on access to finance for local and regional authorities;
  • Strengthening the EU's cohesion policy through the #CohesionAlliance;
  • Enhancing territorial resilience through joint analytical work on the impact of the future EU27-UK trade relations, on regional industrial competitiveness and on the islands' economic, social and territorial development through the INSULEUR network of Chambers.




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Cooperation of EUROCHAMBRES and the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR)

EUROCHAMBRES and the EU's Committee of the Regions (CoR) have announced a new Action Plan on the cooperation agreement. One point of this agreement is of paramount importance as it concerns islands and the cooperation with Insuleur.

Please find attached the particular Press Realease of EUROCHABRES provided in all languages of the EU. 


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Press release

A Public Hearing was organized in Brussels by theNetwork of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR)in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the cooperation of European Small Islands Federation (ESIN), on Friday, April 5, 2019.

This Public Hearing was a follow-up of the "Smart Island" and "Inclusive Island" initiatives adopted by the EESC and the opinion on "Entrepreneurship on Islands: contributing towards territorial cohesion", adopted by the Committee of Regions.

Please find also attached both the press release and the participants' presentations. 



press release (57 KB)
Helmut Morsi (1906 KB)
Armando Melone (2919 KB)
Access to Finance for Insular SMEs (27 KB)
George Assonitis (353 KB)
Eurochambres (612 KB)
Joseph Borg (3785 KB)
Miguel Ángel Serra Guasch (869 KB)
Eleftherios Stavropoulos (4409 KB)

5th European Parliament of Enterprises- the EU must be open for business

The final European Parliament of Enterprises of the 2014-19 legislative term took place in the Brussels Hemicycle and the outcome was a resonant message with respect to the future of Europe, that the EU must be open for business. 

Entrepreneurs and high- level institutional representatives participated in the proceedings as well as in the debates abd voting procedures on skills, trade, and future of Europe. 

In the document below results, analysis of the votes, and links to the videos of the interventions are available. All videos are in "Original Language". 

Please feel free to share them wwith national media from your country. 


5th European Parliament of Enterprises- the EU must be open for business (410 KB)


A Public Hearing organized by the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR)and the Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands (OTIE) in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee and the support of the CPMR Island Commission and the European Small Islands Federation will be taking place on 14th December 2018.

You are kindly requested to register at the following link until 4th of December2018.







Registration Link
Insuleur meeting

Press Release (355 KB)
Patrick VIAL-COLLET, 1st Vice-President of INSULEUR, President CCI de Région des Iles de Guadeloupe (386 KB)
Giovanni Ruggieri, ALTER ECO project, Research results for over-tourism policies (794 KB)
ALTER ECO Alternative tourist strategies to enhance the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean identity (1418 KB)
Francesco Lembo, BLUEISLANDS project, Seasonal variation of waste as effect of tourism (1291 KB)
George Assonitis, Advisor-Union of Hellenic Chambers Member-Technical Committee of the Network of Insular Chambers of the EU (INSULEUR) (359 KB)
George-Stavros Kremlis, Hon. Director, Environmental Policy-Circular Economy, DG Environment (DG ENV), European Commission (370 KB)

XENIA trade show 2018

We are delighted to announce that Insuleur will be participating in XENIA 2018 trade show in Athens from 24-26th November 2018. 


Sustainable Mobility And Tourism As Drivers For Economic Growth In European Islands

A Public Hearing organized by the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR) and the Technical University of Crete (TUC) took place in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee with the support of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)and the Hellenic Small Islands Network (HSIN) on 8th of June 2018 and we are delighted to demonstrate our speakers' presentations.


Public Hearing Programme (138 KB)
Circular Economy and Insularity-George Kremlis (2938 KB)
Clean Energy for EU IslandsBrendan Devlin (4754 KB)
Sustainable Mobility & Tourism as Drivers for Economic Development on European Islands-Clemens ROSENMAYR (198 KB)
Sustainable Mobility and Tourism as Drivers for Economic Growth in European islands-The voice of insular communities and businesses-Eleftherios Kechagioglou (721 KB)
Sustainable Policies of European Ports- Sotiris Raptis (1637 KB)
Sustainable Mobility and Tourism as Drivers for Economic Growth in European IslandsSylvia Gauci (407 KB)
Civitas Destinations-Tourism, Mobility And Sustainability Challenge- Claudio Mantero (4774 KB)
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Decision of Board of Directors following the loss of colleague Joseph Grech, President of INSULEUR and the Gozo Business Chamber

Following the loss of our beloved colleague Joseph Grech, President of INSULEUR and the Gozo Business Chamber, the Board of Directors of INSULEUR wish to express their deep condolenses to the family of the deceased .

Please find attached their decision and announcement.



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The Challenges of Cultural Tourism in the European Islands 5th OTIE Summer School


The Challenges of Cultural Tourism in the European Islands 5th OTIE Summer School (703 KB)


Energy Union and Smart Islands' Public Audition

Please find here the presentations delivered during our Public Hearing at the European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, on the 10th of July 2015 :


Programme - Energy Union and Smart Islands - EESC (153 KB)
Michael STEURER - Eurochambres (1835 KB)
Renzo CURMI - Council Member of Gozo Business Chamber (3056 KB)
Eleftherios KECHAGIOGLOU - President of Hellenic Small Islands Network (1891 KB)
Roberto SANDRINI - Firemed (1843 KB)

Insuleur defends the Mediterranean union as a worldwide nautical tourism reference in Brussels

Insuleur defended, on the last 8th of May in Brussels, the need to join forces in the promotion of nautical tourism in the Mediterranean, in order to present itself to foreign markets as a unit and become one of the top destinations worldwide, in the public hearing "The European Strategy on Coastal and Maritime Tourism: Handicaps and Challenges for our Islands", organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Mallorca (Spain) as a farewell of Insuleur's presidency.


The meeting, opened by the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki; the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Henri Malosse, and until now Insuleur president, Joan Gual de Torrella, brought together, at the EESC, high agents of European institutions, ambassadors and authorities from country members. 


During the last five years of Mallorca's mandate, Insuleur rejected the insularity barrier in economic and social development of European territories, while claimed measures to counteract these differences in front of peninsular areas on relevant issues such as tourism, transport, energy or environment


On this time, the Network of insular chambers of commerce became a leader on nautical tourism issues for the European Commission, after it has joined Blue Chamber, the first European network to defend the interests of SMEs in maritime affairs; has worked closely with the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), has organized several forums and international audiences and created a services platform for Mediterranean nautica, Nauticaleurope.


The Greek Georgios Benetos, from the Professional Chamber of Piraeus, has now become Insuleur's president, while Mallorca entity assumed the General Secretariat. All together will continue to demand compensations from the socio-economic obstacles faced by islands.


'Tourism: a distortive factor for the understanding of Island’s economic realities?' (560 KB)
'La Croisière Basée en Guadeloupe' (2353 KB)
'The potential of European nautical tourism for islands' (5607 KB)


Public Hearing: “The European Strategy on Coastal and Maritime Tourism: Handicaps and Challenges for our Islands”

The next 8th May, Insuleur, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union, organizes a Public Hearing entitled 'The European Strategy on Coastal and Maritime Tourism: Handicaps and Challenges for our Islands', to present the position of the Insuleur about the issue and to exchange views with the representatives of the European institutions on the implementation of this Strategy in island regions.


The European Commission has presented a new strategy to promote coastal and maritime tourism in Europe. Recognizing the potential of this sector for sustainable growth and job creation, the strategy presents 14 EU measures to help coastal areas and their businesses to meet the challenges they face and to strengthen the position of the sector as a key driver of the blue economy of the European Union. These specific measures are accompanied by a division of works that Member States, Regions and Stakeholders can achieve to complete these EU measures. Coastal and Maritime tourism, which includes the nautical tourism, the spa tourism, cruise and navigation tourism, is a key driver for the economy of many coastal and island regions in Europe.


This event will take place, from 9.15 to 14.30, at the Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Rue Belliard 99, Brussels.


Invitation INSULEUR Public Hearing - EN (100 KB)
Invitation INSULEUR Audition Publique - FR (99 KB)
Draft Programme INSULEUR Public Hearing - EN (142 KB)
Agenda Provisoire INSULEUR Audition Publique - FR (152 KB)


13th Annual Forum of Insuleur

13th Annual Forum of INSULEUR, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union, was held in Gozo (Malta) on the last 8th November 2013, with the title "Europe 2020 strategy in insular regions through active citizenship".


2nd Plenaty Session - SANDA FILIPOVIC Croatian Island Product

1st Plenaty Session - KOSTAS VLACHOS 2020 & Greek Islands (2418 KB)
1st Plenaty Session - E KECHAGIOGLOU-ESIF (3090 KB)
Key Speakers - GORDON CORDINA-Islands in Europe (1506 KB)
Key Speakers - MERJA HAAPAKKA-2014-2020 Cohesion Policy (1539 KB)
Key Speakers - THANOS KONTARGYRIS-SMILIES and CreativeMED for Europe 2020 and Islands (3554 KB)
Programme Insuleur Forum 2013 - ENG (103 KB)


The Balearic Islands agree on a business mission to Malta to discuss island and tourism issues

The trade mission of the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca to Malta concluded successfully last 31st May, after an agreement: a visit from the business representation of Spanish islands to the country next months.


An island delegation, led by the regional general manager of Institutional and External Relations, César Pacheco; the president of INSULEUR and the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca, Joan Gual de Torrella, and its general secretary, Antoni Grimalt, traveled to Malta on 30th May, with the aim of fostering institutional and commercial relations between both island territories.


As part of this visit, the entity cameral built bridges between the industrialists and the Islands, in sectors such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, water management and tourism, among others, while shared experiences and knowledge on energy, marine, tourism and air communications.


Common front to defend the island in the EU


The Balearic representatives joined forces with the Maltese, for the recognition of the insularity disadvantagesin the European Union. In this regard, they agreed to work on a future common brand product from European islands.


For two days, the representation of the Government and the Chamber of Commerce held several meetings with the Minister of Economy, Investment and Small Business, Chris Cardona; the Minister of Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, Helena Dalli, and the State Minister for Gozo island, Anton Refalo.


They also met the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry of Malta, David G. Curmi, and President of the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Malta, Tony Zahra. There were also visits to Gozo Chamber of Commerce, INSULEUR member.


The delegation also met with Spanish Ambassador in Malta, Felipe de la Morena, in order to know his views on the situation in the country, and the president of the Malta Film Commission, Peter Busuttil, to study the Maltese audiovisual model as international film location.


This trade mission, which will be filled with a Maltese delegation visit to the Spanish Islands coming months, as happened last 20th May with South Aegean regional government, was coordinated by the Economic and Social Development Council of Malta.



Public Hearing: 'Entrepreneurship in the islands: enough to have enthusiasm?'

The next 5th July, Insuleur, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union, organizes a Public Hearing entitled 'Entrepreneurship in the islands: enough to have enthusiasm?', that aims to discuss the impact of the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan on the Island territories generating an open and fruitful exchange between the representatives of the island territories and policy makers in Brussels.

We know that the obstacles that an entrepreneur faces in an island territory are so various and important that sometimes it is not enough to have enthusiasm. On the contrary it is necessary the awareness of this reality from the European, National and Local Administrations to be able to do business in an island. This is why we think that we have to take advantage of this current legislative process on entrepreneurship to sensitise about the problems that affects entrepreneurs on island territories.


This event will take place, from 10.30 am, at the Committee of the Regions premises, Rue Belliard 99, Bruxelles.


EN - INSULEUR Public Hearing (108 KB)
ES - INSULEUR Audición Pública (83 KB)
FR - INSULEUR Audition Publique (108 KB)
EL - INSULEUR Public Hearing (111 KB)
EN - INVITATION Public Hearing (110 KB)
FR - INVITATION Audition Publique (110 KB)


The Balearic Islands and the South Aegean boosted cooperation between both territories in politics and business

The mission of a regional delegation of the South Aegean to the Balearic Islands concluded the 21st May successfully, after meeting with representatives of institutional and business Spanish archipelago. For two days, organized by the Balearic Government and the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca, the Greeks learned firsthand Balearic reality, especially in tourism and technology.


The regional president, José Ramón Bauzá; the presidential councilor, Antonio Gómez, and the president of iNSULEUR and the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca, Joan Gual de Torrella, received the South Aegean Regional Government and representatives of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce, with aimed at boosting cooperation between the two territories, both in commercial and diplomatic, and act as an insular lobby within the European Union.


In this sense, the governor of South Aegean, Giannis Macheridis and Balearic President signed a cooperation agreement to defend the island needs of both territories to the EU.


The delegation also met with the chairman of the Port Authority of Balearic Islands, José María Urrutia, and the CEOs of Ports and Airports and Rural and Marine Affairs, Antonio Deudero and Margaret Mercadal, respectively.


Also held in the entity cameral, a round table with the participation of regional CEO Institutional and External Relations, César Pacheco, and marine industry, tourism, maritime transport, construction and engineering, environment, technological university representatives.


Accompanied by General Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of Majorca, Antoni Grimalt, Greek group visited the Balearic Technological Innovation Park (ParcBit), where they were received by the managing director of the Balearic Foundation for Innovation and Technology (FundacióBit), Miguel Bernat; Innovation coach at the same entity, Rafael Soler, and the head of the Innovation Park, Antonio Viader.


The tour in the technology center’s installation included with a visit to the business incubator, the University Laboratory of animation and audiovisual technologies (LADAT - UIB) and the Microsoft Innovation Center in Tourism Technologies (MICTT). Also attended the Environmental Technology Park from Majorca (TIRME), where its CEO, Rafael Guinea, explained its operation. The mission ended with a meeting in the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).


Through this trade mission, which will be completed with the visit of a Balearic delegation to the South Aegean in the coming months, the Islands bring their experience and knowledge to developing tourism Aegean islands. Meanwhile, the Greek delegation shared with locals business development in its advanced communications and maritime transport, as well as insular policies, which have a large presence in the political agenda of the country.


The institutional and business delegation was form by the Governor of the Southern Aegean Region, Giannis Macheridis; the vice Governor of Tourism, Employment, European Programs, International Cooperation and Regional Institutions, Eleftheria Ftaklaki; the opposition leader, Babis Kokkinos; the President of the Hotel Association of Rhodes, Antonis Kampourakis; the expert councilor for European Affairs of the Helen Union of Chambers, Yiorgos Assonitis; a representative of the Dodecanese Chamber of Commerce, Nikos Geronikolas, and one of the Cyclades Chamber of Commerce, Panagiotis Theodorakis.



INSULEUR joins forces to promote the economy of the Mediterranean islands

The current president of the Network of Chambers of Commerce European Union Island (INSULEUR) and head of the Chamber of Commerce of Mallorca, Joan Gual de Torrella, advocated a joint action plan for the Mediterranean in the frame of the celebration of the XIII FORUM of Chambers of Commerce of Adriatic and Ionian (AIC FORUM), which took place the 15th and 16th May in Bosnia.

With this meeting, it is intended to promote the exchange of views between institutional and corporate networks to meet the needs of this region. The ultimate goal is to provide, at the request of the European Commission, a strategic maritime plan for the Ionian-Adriatic area, in line with the rest of the Mediterranean Sea.

Boosting the marine economy and tourism in the islands

President Gual de Torrella stated the commitment of INSULEUR to this international integration, especially in maritime matters, to promote cohesion, research, development and regional cooperation. At the same time, he defended the particularities of the islands and claimed the recognition of specificities from the EU regarding the budget, with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of these territories.

According to the president of the Chamber of Majorca, this macro agreement will beneficially affect the development of the Mediterranean areas, while promoting environmental protection, biodiversity and sustainable tourism.

Also INSULEUR considers that the implementation of these policies will positively affect the other commercial activities in the region and, particularly, the maritime industry and tourism, the island's economy boosters.



Public hearing regarding the future for islands and mountains of the EU at Brussels on November the 29th

The next 29th November, Insuleur, the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union, and Euromontana, the European Association of Mountain Areas, are organising a public hearing as Insuleur's Annual Meeting, entitled "2014-2020: Which future for our islands and mountains?" to have an exchange of views with representatives of mountain and islands territories.



This public hearing aims to discuss the institutional proposals on the future of the European cohesion policy and to contribute to the debate from the perspective of territories and economic players directly impacted by decisions, and it is supported by the EESC and is under the high patronage of the Republic of Cyprus, as President of the European Union.


You may find the Invitation to take part in this meeting on the following link and Agenda of this meeting by entering the following link.


Agenda EN (166 KB)
Invitation EN (110 KB)
Ordre du Jour FR (159 KB)
Invitation FR (112 KB)

INSULEUR presents its views on specific problems facing islands at the public hearing of EESC

The EESC study group on specific problems of islands held its third meeting in the Mallorca Chamber of Commerce on 17th February. In this framework a public hearing was jointly organized by the EESC and the CCI Mallorca in order to hear the voice of different speakers of the islands, mainly from Balearic Islands (see program of the hearing): Members of the European Parliament native of islands, regional authorities, trade unions, researchers, business representatives and other representative of both the private and public sectors. 


The speakers recalled the difficulties faced by islands due to the natural characteristics of the territories.  The challenges are mainly the connections between the islands and the mainland and between the islands themselves. This refers to the port and airport issues (management, equipment, productivity and capacity, taxes). Energy is also an issue (storage problems, renewable energy, etc.) as well asagriculture. The necessity to invest in R&D&I, in training and education, in infrastructures was clearly expressed.


Juan Gual, the President of INSULEUR, presented the INSULEUR contribution to the study group works (see below the full position in French and synthesis in English, French and Spanish). Cohesion, tourism, air traffic, security, energy was the main issues addressed by President Gual.





An informal meeting of the INSULEUR Board of Directors took place in Palma de Mallorca on February 16th

An informal meeting of the INSULEUR Board of Directors took place on 16th February in the Chamber of Commerce of Mallorca. It gave the opportunity for several Presidents of insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the President of INSULEUR and the technical committee to meet and discuss different issues:



  • INSULEUR's position on insularity presented to the EESC study group as part of the public hearing of 17/02;


  • INSULEUR's work program for 2012, mainly focusing on the preparation of the forthcoming forum that will be held in Brussels, in November 2012 and lobbying activities;


  • The setting up of a new working group on tourism amongst different  European networks of CCI (Greek, Spanish, Italian, French, and INSULEUR)


  • Up to date information on the organization of the forthcoming INSULEUR Forum


  • The Pact of Islands initiative


  • A proposal to foresee new contacts with the insular Chambers of Commerce of Northern Europe


  • A presentation of the communication results of the InnoNauTICs project.


This was also the occasion to introduce the newly elected President of the Gozo Business Chamber, Mr. Michael GRECH, and to welcome the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Îlesde Guadeloupe, Ms. Colette KOURY. The President of Group I of the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr. Henri Malosse, also took part in the meeting.


The CPRM asks for more flexibility and proportionality for Islands during its conference on Cohesion Policy

On February the 8th a meeting took place at the Committee of the regions, based on the question « How can the 2014-2020 cohesion policy integrate the Island dimension? ». At first an expert on regional development and two members of the European Commission made a review on the situation. Then, the Islands, the member states and the MEPs gave their points of view.


All agree that while facing great geographical, demographic and economic challenges, the Islands also have great opportunities for development. To grab these opportunities, the islands must be attractive for both Europeans and non-Europeans. Thus, a multi-sectoral and asset-based approach on Islands is required from the European institutions. In islands areas, European regional funds must be both proportional (to the over costs of local infrastructures, travel etc.) and flexible (since the islands structural situation is different from the one of the continent, they cannot strictly apply the "thematic concentration" on research and innovation asked by the European commission).


For further information: http://www.islandscommission.org/index.php?act=2


INSULEUR takes part in the setting up of a working group on tourism along with other EU Chambers of Commerce

A new Tourism working group has been set up by the assemblies of Spanish, French, Italian and Greek chambers of Commerce (i.e CAMARAS, ACFCI, UNIONCAMERE and UHCCI) in addition to the Insuleur network.

The group will aim at promoting tourism as an EU priority, while implementing common concrete activities to increase the quality and attractiveness of European tourism services.


Reduction of greenhouse emission from maritime transport

The European Commission opened a public consultation on greenhouse emission from shipping. The EU institutions are working on different policy options to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emission in the maritime sector.


According to the international MARPOL convention, the sulfur emission will have to be reduced to 0,1 by 2015 % in areas of emission control of sulfur (namely the North Sea and Baltic Sea) and 3,5% elsewhere. The European Parliament would like to go further and apply the 0.1% limit to the whole EU territory.


If you want to give your opinion on the way this reduction could be implemented, do not hesitate to take part in the consultation until 19 April 2012.


More information: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/consultations/0014/index_en.htm


Pact of Islands, an initiative emphasized by 400 MEPS

Mid-January, around 400 Members of the European Parliament signed a declaration supporting the Pact of Islands which makes "Islands working together against climate change". This support had been initiated by Spyros Danellis (S&D, Greece), Maria Da GraçaCarvalho (PPE, Portugal), GiommariaUggias(ADLE, Italy), Alyn Smith (Greens, GB) etKyriacosMavronikolas (S&D, Cyprus). The Pact of Islands initiative is similar and parallel to the initiative of the "Convenant of mayors".

The objective of the project is to meet a series of demanding climate and energy targets (20% CO2 emission) by 2020.The initiative aims to develop action plans for sustainable energy island to achieve the main objective of the project and give support to bankable projects. INSULEUR takes part in the project as member of the advisory committee.

To know more about the Isle pact initiative: http://www.islepact.eu/html/index.aspx



Regional State aides: opening of a public consultation by the European Commission

According to the free trade principle, no State aids are allowed by the treaty establishing the European Union. However, certain aids are accepted when dealing with the development of regions in trouble. These regional state aids aim at encouraging investment, employment and new businesses and is dedicated to both big and small enterprises.

The frame within which these aids can be allocated is negotiated for each European budgetary period. As a result, the frame for the 2014-2020 period is currently under debate. The European Commission opened a public consultation on this issue. INSULEUR will answer the consultation paper. We also invite you to send your comments directly to the European Commission.

For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consultations/2012_regional_stateaid/index_en.html



Join us at the OTIE workshop on new trends of tourism in the European islands!

On the 22nd and 23rd March 2012, OTIE (the observatory on tourism in the European islands) organizes a workshop at the European Economic and Social committee, in Brussels. This workshop will focus on the "new trends of tourism in the European islands" and within this benchmark its Technical Scientific Committee  will present the preview of the First Report on Tourism in the European Islands. The program is already available on http://www.otie.org/en/_pdf/news/Provisional_program.pdf).


The deadline of the registration is on March 11th 2012. For any further information, please feel free to contact OTIE at info@otie.org or visit www.otie.org".


OTIE realizes since 2007 statistic studies and documents of research to identify current issues of Tourism in the European Islands. It is composed by public institutions, Universities, Research Centres and other international organizations of 7 UE insular countries (Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Cyprus).



Mallorca will hold in february a public hearing of the EESC Working Group regarding islands

Mallorca Chamber of Commerce (Balearic Islands) will organize on 16th and 17th February 2012 in Palma de Mallorca a public hearing in the framework of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Working Group preparing a report on islands.


The hearing as such will be held on Friday 17th with three panels, each addressing a specific issue. Visits will be organized on Thursday 16th and a meeting of the INSULEUR's Board of Directors will also be held on the same day (relevant members will soon receive a personal invitation). In the following dates, we will provide you a detailed program as soon as possible.


We really encourage you to attend the hearing which will give you the opportunity to voice the Island businesses' positions and interests to members of the EESC and to European policy makers, especially to Members of the European Parliament that show a special interest in the islands issue.


The European Council and the European Parliament start discussions regarding Cohesion Policy 2014-2020

Following the presentation by the European Commission of its proposals for structural funds post 2013, the European Council and the European Parliament have started discussions regarding this issue. Bellow those lines you will find an article written by INSULEUR regarding this issue (in French, English version coming soon).


Depuis la présentation le 6 octobre dernier par la Commission européenne des propositions sur les fonds structurels post 2013, la Présidence polonaise du Conseil a mené des discussions dans le cadre de 13 réunions de groupe de travail « actions structurelles » du Conseil.


Pour rappel, la Commission a proposé plusieurs changements important portant sur la conception et la mise en œuvre de la politique de cohésion : principes de partenariat et de gouvernance multi-niveaux, de développement durable, de conditionnalité, etc.


Notamment la création d'une nouvelle catégorie de régions, les régions en transitions, qui concerne les régions dont le PIB par habitant est compris entre 75 et 90 % de la moyenne de l'UE à 27 et vise à remplacer le système actuel d'instauration (« phasing in ») et de suppression (« phasing out ») progressives de l'aide lié à l'éligibilité de chaque région. Les régions moins développées continueront de concerner les régions dont le PIB/habitant est inférieur à 75 % de la moyenne UE 27 et les régions les plus développées celles dont le PIB/habitant est supérieur à 90 % de la moyenne UE 27.


La Commission a également inscrit dans sa proposition la concentration des aides des fonds structurels sur quelques priorités thématiques (recherche et innovation, efficacité énergétique et énergies renouvelables, aide aux PME).


Le Conseil « affaires générales » a eu un échange de vues le 16 décembresur notamment la programmation stratégique et de la concentration thématique. Les Etats membres se disent favorables au principe de la concentration des aides des fonds structurels sur quelques priorités thématiques, tout enrappelant la nécessité d'une certaine souplesse dans la fixation de ces priorités.


INSULEUR continuera de suivre le processus d'adoption du paquet législatif et prendra position dans les semaines à venir sur les principaux éléments de la future politique de cohésion qui auront un impact sur les îles ou qui devront être intégrés afin de favoriser le développement des territoires insulaires.

Calendrier des travaux :

- Début 2012 : présentation du futur cadre stratégique commun par la Commission. Ce cadre doit fixer les priorités et les types d'investissements qui serviront chacun des objectifs thématiques de la future politique de cohésion.


- 1er trimestre 2012 : suite des négociations au Conseil et des discussions au Parlement européen.


Pour plus d'information :

Propositions de la Commission européenne du 06/10/2011 (dans toutes les langues) :



Echanges de vues du Conseil « Affaires générales » sur la politique de cohésion 16/12/2011 :



INSULEUR issues a joint statement regarding management of ports and airports of the EU

INSULEUR, the network of the insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU, held its XI Forum in Cagliari on 21 October 2011 on "Infrastructure and Transport: Territorial cohesion and economic growth for the islands". You may find the agenda of this meeting in the following links in english, français and italiano.

Previous to the mentioned Forum, the attendants adopted at their General Assembly a Joint Statement on the management of port and airport infrastructures and on the need to better consider the specificity of the islands in the EU policies, including transport policy and State aids.


You may find bellow this text the final version of this Joint Statement in five different languages.


Joint statement (EN) (20 KB)
Déclaration commune (FR) (21 KB)
Declaración común (ES) (21 KB)
Joint statement (GR) (65 KB)
Dichiarazione comune (IT) (20 KB)

INSULEUR held on 21 October its annual Forum on infrastructure and transport for the islands

INSULEUR, the network of ICC island of the EU, held its annual Forum in Cagliari (Sardinia) on October 21 on the theme: "Infrastructure and Transport: Territorial cohesion and economic growth for the islands."


The General Assembly of INSULEUR took place the day before. A joint statement was adopted among the members on port and airport management and the need to take into account the specificity of the island regions in EU policies.


See the text of the joint statement:
Programme of the Forum:
Link to the presentations:
Link to the interviews:



Cagliari will be the meeting point of INSULEUR’s members in October 20th and 21st

The city of Cagliari (Sardinia) will become October 20th and 21st the meeting point of all INSULEUR members in various events organized by this Network and the Chamber of Commerce of Cagliari, in collaboration with local authorities.


Thus, in October the 20th the Board of Directors and General Assembly will hold their meetings, after which a dinner will be served to all members of the organization.


On the following day this city will host a new INSULEUR Forum titled 'Infrastructure and Transport: Territorial cohesion and Economic Growth for the islands', where experts will offer their points of view regarding issues such as ‘Port and airport management in favour of the economic development of island regions' or ‘Aid for transport policy as a means of stimulation of island territories'.


For further details about this Forum may you find the Program in the Following links in English, Français and Español, as well as the leaflet in English, Français and Italiano.


An European Parliament comission adopts a report on a new framework for European tourism

The "Transport and Tourism" committee of the European Parliament adopted on 21 June 2011 an initiative report of the MEP Carlo FIDANZA on a new political framework for European tourism. It will be debated in plenary on 26 September 2011.


Please click here if you wish to access to the complete report.


Presentation of the conclusions of the Euroislands study in Tinos (Greece)

The "EUROISLANDS" study (ESPON) was presented at a conference titled: «Planning the Future of the European Islands: Challenges - New Strategies» organized by the Greek Ministry of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping in Tinos island, on 10th of June 2011. If you wish to access to the final report, you may do it through the following link.


The conference offered the opportunity for consultation between the actors involved in the formation of the new strategy for the Regions of the European Union, the Cohesion Policy post 2013 and the future of the European islands.

During this meeting, in which George Benetos represented INSULEUR, Professor Ioannis Spilanis of the University of the Aegean made a presentation regarding the development of the islands to which you can access through the following link.


Public consultation by the European Commission regarding cohesion policy

Every three years, the EU publishes a report on economic, social and territorial cohesion, detailing progress in these areas and how the EU, national and regional governments have contributed. The5th Cohesion Report has just been published. After issuing this information, the European Commission has launched a public consultation regarding this issue that you may see in further details on the following link.


The main issues covered are:

- analysis of regional disparities
- the contribution of the EU, national and regional governments to cohesion
- the impact of Cohesion Policy
- Cohesion Policy after 2013


This Commission's 5th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion shows that the EU's cohesion policy has made a significant contribution to growth and prosperity and promoting balanced development across the Union. Nevertheless, in view of the substantial economic and social developments over recent years, the policy now has to address new challenges.


The consultation launched by the European Commission aims to collect ideas and contributions on the question of how the Union's cohesion policy should adapt to new challenges and how its delivery can be improved in order to maximise its impact in the future.


It is intended therefore to help shape the set of proposals on the future policy to be communicated by the Commission to the Council and Parliament. Furthermore, the results of the public consultation will feed into the Impact Assessment for the post-2013 legislative package.



European Maritime day

 20th May 2012, all over Europe


The European Maritime Day is celebrated annually across Europe on the 20th May through various events. It puts all maritime sectors and activities in the spotlight to the importance of the sea for everyday life, and for economy and job creation, both in coastal communities and in landlocked areas across Europe and to provoke reflection. 



European maritime day website (to participate in or to organize an event):http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/


Local Energy Communities. A vehicle for island's energy transition?

10 November 2017 │ Room TRE 7701│ 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. │ Trèves Building │ 7th floor, 74 rue de Trèves │ European Economic and Social Committee

A Public Hearing organized by the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR) and the Smart Islands Initiativein partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee


Public Hearing - Draft Agenda (629 KB)

Press release

President of Insuleur Joseph Borg and Vice-President Michael Galea attended the Eurochambres Members Meeting held on the 30 January 2019 at the TOBB premises in Brussels. Please find attached the text of the press release as well as photos of the event.


Press Release (39 KB)

Save the date- Public Hearing

A Public Hearing organized by the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR) in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee


save the date (727 KB)

INNOVAGRO PROJECT “Development of an innovative network for the promotion of extroversion of agro-food companies in Adriatic – Ionian Area”

The Third Transnational Networking Workshop of the Interreg Adrion INNOVAGRO Project was organized by INSULEUR in our headquarters in Chios.

The aim of the workshop was to critically examine the formation of clusters among the participants, which would promote the extroversion of agro-food companies in Adriatic-Ionian Area and whose capstone would be the production and circulation of a Memorandum of Understandind (MoU). With respect to the ten project partners, four of them come from Greece, one from Serbia, one from Slovenia and three from Italy. 

The 3rd Transnational Networking Workshop commenced with INSULEUR's president Mr. Joseph Borg delivering the
introductory speech. Mr. Borg highlighted the importance of INNOVAGRO Project in the IonianAdriatic area and, in particular, he underlined the fact that such projects tend to enhance communication among different sectors, which in turn will ensure that this sector will continue to
thrive. Furthermore, what was stressed was the fact that in an era when agri-business sector faces challenges- such as the decline of the rural population, the emigration of young people from villages to towns, the closure of infrastructure (or the lack of it), and the small size of farms- INNOVAGRO significantly attempts to introducean
element of innovation through the services of marketing and management in a sector which is generally considered as traditional and quite fragmented and additionally, it tries to bridge the gap between scientific research and practice.




Grand Hotel - Gozo (Malta)

25th October 2019

The Annual Forum of INSULEUR is this year convening on the island of Gozo on the 25th October 2019 at the Grand Hotel, Mgarr, Gozo, Malta with the theme "Digital transformation of European Islands"

The Forum will be an important opportunity to share good practice on islands while discussing the pivotal role that islands can play at a European level. Participants and speakers will include the European Commission, MEPs, members of the EESC, members of the Committee of Regions, and representatives of Insular Municipalities and CCIs.

The Forum will discuss:

Insular Economies and Digitalisation;
Insular Chambers' initiatives for the Digitalisation of Insular Economies and SMEs; and
A Digitalisation Strategy for EU Islands.
A detailed agenda will be posted closer to the date.

If you are interested to participate in this conference kindly register your participation through the follow link:


For international participants you may also find here relevant logistical information, including hotel bookings and information to reach the venue including a taxi service which can be reserved upon your booking with the Grand Hotel (at a cost).



Registration form
Hotel- information
Information- Transfer

Public Hearing

The Network of Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR), in partnership with the EESC, will organize a Public Hearing on Friday, 5th of June 2020 in Brussels on the "Green Deal and Islands".

The Public Hearing will aim to explore all potentials provided by the EU Green Deal for Islands and insular businesses, analyzethe key points of the Green Deal regarding island eco-systems and promote Islands as test-beds for the implementation of the measures provided by the new instruments and Actions Plans.







Το Δίκτυο Νησιωτικών Επιμελητηρίων Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης (INSULEUR), σας προσκαλεί να παρακολουθήσετε ΔΩΡΕΑΝ το διαδικτυακό σεμινάριο που διοργανώνει με θέμα: «ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΙΚΗ ΧΡΗΜΑΤΟΔΟΤΗΣΗ ΜΕΣΩ ΤΡΙΤΩΝ» την Τετάρτη 29 Ιουλίου 2020 και ώρα 17:00 -  19:00 στην ηλεκτρονική πλατφόρμα "ZOOM". Το σεμινάριο απευθύνεται σε επιχειρήσεις που δραστηριοποιούνται στη Γαλάζια Οικονομία και διοργανώνεται στο πλαίσιο υλοποίησης του έργου BLUE CROWDFUNDING του προγράμματος Interreg Mediterranean.  

Εισηγητές του θα είναι οι:

-       Γεώργιος Καραμανώλης Συνιδρυτής της εταιρείας CrowdPolicy και

-    Δημήτριος Κουτσουπάκης Διδάκτωρ του Τμήματος Οικονομικών Επιστημών του Εθνικού & Καποδιστριακού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών, οι οποίοι θα αναπτύξουν τις βασικές αρχές της συμμετοχικής χρηματοδότησης, Διεθνείς πρακτικές, ειδικά θέματα συμμετοχικής χρηματοδότησης μέσω τρίτων στην Ελλάδα, τρόπους υιοθέτησης από τη Γαλάζια Οικονομία και πρόσφατες εξελίξεις (crypto p2p crowdfunding). Το σεμινάριο θα συντονίσει το μέλος του Δ.Σ. του Επιμελητηρίου Ρεθύμνης Αναστασία Μανώλα.

Oι ενδιαφερόμενοι μπορούν να δηλώσουν συμμετοχή πατώντας στο δίπλα εικονίδιο :    συμμετοχη   

Το έργο συγχρηματοδοτείται από το Ευρωπαϊκό Ταμείο Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης (ERDF)


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