VP Dragasakis: The islands must acquire the right of equality and enjoy appropriate policies

The government’s aim is the upgrading of the island policy, said government vice president Yiannis Dragasakis on Wednesday speaking in a special parliament session on the 70th anniversary from the integration of the islands of Dodecanese .

Dragasakis referred to the policy already in effect but also to those that will START in the next period and underlined that the government claims the institutional changes in the decision making in order to include the insularity clause not only in the national but also in the European policies. The establishment of an islands cohesion and development fund is also in the government’s plans.

“The government welcomes the Greek parliament’s initiative to honour in this special session the 70 years from the integration of the Dodecanese in Greece and supports the declaration of 2017 as year of the Dodecanese.

The geo-strategic position of the Dodecanese, its natural wealth and the people’s natural ability to take risks, to create and succeed turn the island into a bone of contentions for empires and invaders. In parallel these islands were a place of co-existence and cooperation and a crossroads of trade and for this reason they were important culture, trade and communications hub between the north and the south the west and the east.

Our islands must acquire the right to equality and to enjoy the appropriate island polices, not as special benefit, but as state’s least responsibility to them, said Dragasakis adding “We are taking care in order all the island to have their autonomy in the drinking water and energy sufficiency. We are completing the establishment of the Islands Policy Institute that will examine the policy on the islands” he stressed.

Meanwhile the issue of the European islands policy is set for the first time taking into consideration that the island of Malta is holding the EU presidency. “We claim the institutional changes in the decision making that will include the insularity clause not only in the national but also in the European policies” he explained.