There is an interesting article online on
The EU and Member State Island Territories
which gives legal background but not this definition.
Almost the same wording "all island regions - that is,
regions of the Community which are entirely surrounded by
sea, have no physical links to the mainland
and are not the seat of a Member State's capital
city" appears in Report on the problems of island regions in the
European Union . Rapporteur: Vicenzo Viola.
A4-0118/98. This refers back to Coastal and island regions
of the European Union, an EP working paper of 1996, which
we don't have but may be the source of the definition (or
On Wed, 15 Jan 2003 12:56:20 +0100 Avis Furness
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> There is an EU definition of an island (I think for structural funds purposes) which says that
> an island must be more than 1 km from the mainland
> be permanently separated from the mainland (i.e., no bridge)
> have a permanent population of at least 50 people
> does not contain the capital of a member state.
> I have been trying to find a source for this definition. I know I found it some time ago when I had an enquiry on this, but I can't find it now!
> I have an enquirer who insists that this is a recent definition which came out in November or December of last year, but I am sure it is much older than that.
> Any pointers would be gratefully received!!!
> Avis Furness
> European Parliament UK Office
University of Exeter
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