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Study on entrepreneurship on islands and other peripheral regions

OIR has contributed to a study for the Committee of the Regions on the challenges and obstacles faced by entrepreneurs and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) on islands and in other peripheral areas of the EU. It identifies and analyses good practices to foster resilience and to stimulate innovative and sustainable entrepreneurial development. The study theme is of key importance as insular areas have to tackle a number of specific economic challenges connected to their geographical characteristics. The study has shown that islands’ potential could be exploited through measures aimed at alleviating the constraints of insularity such as improved trade and digital connections as well as aid to foster entrepreneurship and economic development. Under the lead of Spatial Foresight, Helene Gorny from OIR and Sanja Brkanovic conducted two case studies, one on Malta and one on La Réunion (France) and provided concrete analyses on the the island´s specificities and potentials.The study can be downloaded here.