Mountains, Islands and Sparsely Populated Areas
Cohesion Policy pays particular attention to regions which suffer from severe and permanent natural or demographic handicaps such as mountains, islands and sparsely populated areas.
The analysis for 2014-2020 identified 15 Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom) that highlighted in their Partnership Agreements specific territorial challenges due to the insular, mountainous and or sparsely populated character of their territories or parts of them.
- Expert analysis on geographical specificities: Mountains, Islands and Sparsely Populated Areas (2018)
- Communication concerning a European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region (2015)
- Study on the relevance and the effectiveness of ERDF and Cohesion Fund support to Regions with Specific Geographical Features – Islands, Mountainous and Sparsely Populated areas (2012)