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The Pact of Islands Signing Ceremony on 12 April 2011 in Brussels

Presidents of EU island regions and island mayors and representatives of  island authorities together with Mercedes Bresso, President of the Committee of the Regions and
Eleni Marianou, Secretary General of the CPMR - Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions  

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European Islands are joining forces to fight against climate change. The Signing Ceremony of the Pact of Islands took place at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 12 April 2011.

The event was held within the context of the European Sustainable Energy Week, 11-15 April 2011 that brings together over 5000 participants in Brussels each year and many more throughout Europe with multiple conferences, exhibitions and specific workshops.


Press Release

The Pact of Islands is the political commitment of European islands to developing Local Sustainable Energy Action Plans and identifying bankable green projects with the aim of meeting or exceeding the EU sustainability targets for the year 2020.  The project is led by the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) and is co-financed by the European Commission, Directorate General for Energy.

At this crucial time in the fight against climate change, the European Islands have a critical role to play.  The political authorities of those European islands that are at the forefront of this initiative came to Brussels in order to sign the Pact of Islands and thus indicate the commitment of their island communities to help achieve the 20-20-20 objectives of the European Union.


Alex MacDonald, Convener, The Outer Hebrides of Scotland

Ugo Cappellacci, President of Sardinia Region, Italy

Stavros Arnatouakis, President Region of Crete, Greece signed the Pact of Islands pending approval by the regional council

María del Mar Julios, Regional Minister of Employment, Industry and Commerce and Vice President of the Canary Islands Government signed the Pact of Islands on behalf of 7 Cabildos, Canary Islands, Spain

Maria del Pilar Ramos Blanco, Consell Insular de Mallorca, Spain

Ake Svensson, Mayor of Gotland, Sweden

Georg Linkov, Hiiumaa, Estonia

Kaido Kaasik, Saaremaa, Estonia

Marcel Meijer, Deputy Mayor of Samsoe, Denmark

José Gabriel do Álamo Meneses, Azores, Portugal

Manuel Oliveira, Madeira & Porto Santo, Portugal

Iraklis Ververis,Vice-President North Aegean Region, Greece

Georgios Poussaios, Vice-President South Aegean Region, Greece

Theodosios Sakkiotis, Mayor of Aegina, Greece

Ioannis Glynos, Mayor of Andros, Greece

Aristidis Chloridis, Member of the Municipal Council of Thira, Greece

Michail Petropoulos, Mayor of Ios, Greece

Ioannis Papageorgiou, President of the Municipal Council of Kythnos, Greece

Benetos Spyrou, Mayor of Leipsoi, Greece

Dimitrios Vounatsos, Mayor of Lesvos, Greece

Konstantinos Adamidis, Deputy Mayor of Limnos, Greece

Gerasimos Damoulakis, Mayor of Milos, Greece

Athanasios Megas, Mayor of Myconos, Greece

Emmanouil Margaritis, Mayor of Naxos and Small Cyclades, Greece 

Andreas Bampounis, Mayor of Sifnos, Greece

Ioannis Dekavallas, Mayor of Syros-Ermoupolis, Greece

Kyriakos Chatzittofis, Mayor, Municipality of Aghios Athanasios, Cyprus

Andreas Petrou, Mayor, Municipality of Aghlatzia, Cyprus

Christakis Liperis, Mayor, Municipality of
Aradippou, Cyprus

Leontios Kallenos, Mayor, Municipality of
Idalion, Cyprus

 Loukas Iatrou, Mayor, Municipality of
Lakatamia, Cyprus

Andreas Moyseos, Mayor, Municipality of Larnaka, Cyprus

Michalis Socratous, Secretary General, Municipality of Latsia, Cyprus

Andreas Evangelou, Mayor, Municipality of Paralimni, Cyprus

Aggelos Georgiou, Mayor, Municipality of Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus

Savvas Eliofotou, Mayor, Municipality of Strovolos, Cyprus

Kyriakos Christodoulou, President of Community Council, Community of Ergates, Cyprus

Argyris Argyrou, President of Coummunity Council, Community of Geri, Cyprus

Ioannis Lazarides, President of Coummunity Council, Community of Psimolofou, Cyprus

Joseph Cordina, Local Councils Association, Malta

Mario Gauci, Mayor of Ghargur, Malta

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