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SMILEGOV last project meeting - 17 September 2015

SMILEGOV cluster leaders gathered for the last coordination project meeting on 15-16 September in Brussels, marking the end of an intense 30 months project. SMILEGOV represented a unique opportunity to gather 12 islands clusters from the EU and beyond. It enhanced cooperation between a wide range of stakeholders involved in the implementation of island sustainable energy action plans, all while building capacity among less experienced, remote islands so as to ensure these also contribute to meeting the EU's 2020 climate targets. Partners gained knowledge on how to overcome multilevel governance barriers that can prevent the successful implementation of their island's sustainable energy plans. Moreover, SMILEGOV welcomed 41 new islands in the Pact of islands family; and more are yet to join. New tools and results are now available on the SMILEGOV website, and the free e-learning platform Energy Academy 2020 is still open to provide on-line courses to anyone involved in energy planning and strategy development. SMILEGOV is not just about sharing knowledge; it is a process and the beginning of a long cooperation between islands, built on trust and the recognition of islands' significant untapped growth potential.