The 4th General Assembly of the Cities Network “SUSTAINABLE CITY” was held on December 2nd, 2020 via video conference. The Network’s President, Mr. Dimitris Kafantaris, was the head of the conference, while the majority of the Mayors of the Network’s Municipalities-Members participated. The Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr. Theodoros Livanios marked the beginning of the online event by greeting the audience. Mr. Livanios expressed his support for the Network’s actions and made a reference on the Ministry’s activities which are beneficial to the Municipalities.
The Network’s General Director, Mr. Ioannis Georgizas, presented the Network's activities so far, as evidenced by its participation in important European Projects and its budget development. Afterwards, the participants congratulated the Network’s executives for their achievements.
Particular emphasis was placed on the Programme Contracts signed between SUSTAINABLE CITY and the Municipalities. Within the framework of these contracts, the Network provides technical assistance for the elaboration of studies and the inclusion of projects in funding programmes, such as the "Antonis Tritsis" programme of the Ministry of Interior.
Hereupon, the assembly endorsed the inclusion of 15 new members, namely the Municipalities of Eastern Samos, Andros, Western Achaia, Epidavros, Kasos Island, Thermo, Levadia, Xiromero, Orchomenos, Pyli, Salamina, Sitia, Tripolis, Troizinia – Methana and Chalki Island.
After the Mayors’ statements and questions, the event continued with a fruitful dialogue on critical issues that concern the Municipalities, as well as on the latest developments. The participants expressed their views on the forthcoming change of the law on public procurement contracts, on the Municipalities' needs for basic staffing and also on the statutory strengthening of the cooperation method between Municipalities and Municipal Networks.
The assembly was successful, and the conference ended leaving a pleasant sense of satisfaction to the participating Mayors.