The 3rd General Assembly of the Cities Network "SUSTAINABLE CITY" took place at the Emmantina Hotel in Glyfada on Monday, December 9th, 2019. At the head was the Network’s President and General Secretary of KEDE, Mr. Dimitris Kafantaris, and the coordinator was the Network's General Manager, Mr. Ioannis Georgizas.
A special honour for the Network was the presence and intervention of the Minister of Interior, Mr. Takis Theodorikakos, who welcomed the General Assembly and emphasized the need to maintain programs aimed at implementing studies and development projects in the Municipalities and Regions of the country that promote their sustainability, but also the general need to promote circular economy
He spoke warmly of the SUSTAINABLE CITY actions so far and stated his support for this effort, while reassuring that all projects planned under the FILODIMOS I programme would be fully implemented, either through the new Development Programme for Local Government to be implemented by the Ministry of the Interior at the beginning of 2020, or through the ESF and the NSRF Sector Programs.
During the event, many interesting lectures were held. Mr. George Kremlis, Advisor under the Prime Minister for Energy, Climate, Environment and Cyclical Economy and Director of ET for the EU, spoke about the latest developments in the circular economy at European Union level. Mr Stathopoulos Efstathios, President of the GREEN FUND, referred to the Fund's Financing Programs for the year 2019-2020. Professor of the National Technical University of Athens Mr. Charis Doukas informed the attendees about the existing Energy Communities and their future while Project Manager of TERNA ENERGY, Mr. Charalambidis Charalambos, presented the latest development about the waste management projects in the Peloponnese Region.
There was also great interest in the speeches of Professor of the National Technical University of Athens Mrs. Maria Loizidou, Professor of the University of Piraeus Mr. Flamos Alexandros, as well as Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Department Mr. Mamalougas Nikolaos. To close this section, Research Officer of Opinion Poll Mr. Zoupis Zacharias, presented the joint research of the company with SUSTAINABLE CITY on Local Government.
In the second section, the General Assembly discussed and approved the activities of the Network for the past year, the Financial Statements and the Audit, the change of company’s head office location and the amendment of the Articles of Association. In addition, the entrance of the 5 new Municipalities - Members in the Network was approved (Municipality of Aigialeia, Municipality of Ierapetra, Municipality of Kalamata, Municipality of Karpathos and Municipality of Corinth).
Lastly, elections were held that led to the emergence of new members of the Board of Directors and the Sustainable City's Audit Committee.