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Greek islands lead the way for Pact of Islands - 33 Greek signatories in total - 1 July 2015

Elected representatives of local authorities from eight Greek islands travelled to Brussels on 25 June 2015 to join the Pact of Islands (PoI) during an official ceremony hosted at the European Parliament. The number of Greek signatories rises now to 33 (30 islands and 3 island regions). The adhesion of Kalymnos, Nisyros, Rhodes, Tilos and Kos represents a significant expansion of the PoI in the island complex of the Dodecanese, where until recently only the island of Lipsi was a signatory. Further with Kimolos, Paros and Folegandros joining, 23 out of the 26 islands in the Cyclades are now members of the PoI. This was a unique experience for representatives of Greek islands, who had the chance to be at the decision-making heart of Europe and exchange views with other islanders on common challenges and ways of promoting sustainable development on islands.