Alternate Environment minister at informal ministerial meeting in Budapest

Greek Alternate Environment, Energy and Climatic Change Minister Nikos Sifounakis, highlighted Greece's position that the introduction of the term of "islandness" in article 174 of the Lisbon Treaty is necessary, in the framework of the European Union's Political Cohesion. He was speaking on Thursday at the Informal Council of Ministers of Land Planning and Territorial Development in Budapest, in the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2011.
He also underlined Greece's interest in strengthening accessibility, which constitutes the main precondition for the development of islands, aiming at the development of those productive activities functioning attractively for housing and employment, while in parallel reflecting the land identity of islands, such as mild tourist activity that is linked with the special architectural and town planning form of these islands' settlements.

The main issue discussed at the Informal Council was the way with which the priorities set by the "Land Agenda 2020" will be taken into consideration in sectoral policies, during the implementation of the "Strategy-Europe 2020" and political cohesion after 2013.

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