The kick-off meeting of the European Programme "Living Streets and Citizen Engagement in Local Energy and Climate Projects", held in Ghent, Belgium from 25th to 27th of February 2020, was completed successfully. It was attended by executives from the Cities Network SUSTAINABLE CITY, representatives of the Municipalities of Aigialeia, Eastern Samos, Elliniko - Argyroupoli, Ermionida, Igoumenitsa, Corinth and Florina, who are members of the Network, as well as representatives from Croatia and Portugal.
The Cities Network SUSTAINABLE CITY, through the Memorandum of Cooperation signed with the Municipality of Megalopolis, with the aim of promoting planning for the Post-Lignite Era, submitted a request for technical assistance to the Special Secretariat of the Platform of the European Union for regions in transition, which was approved.
As part of this approved support, experts from DG Energy visited the region on 18th and 19th February 2020, during which there was extensive consultation and an important exchange of views with authorities, citizens and stakeholders.
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
The Board of Directors of the Cities Network “SUSTAINABLE CITY” successfully held its 2nd meeting for 2019 on Thursday, October 31, at the Alkyon Resort Hotel in the city of Vrachati, Corinthia. The meeting was hosted with the kind support of the Mayor of the Municipality of Velo-Vocha, Mr. Annivas Papakyriakos. Mr Papakyriakos is a member of the Board of Directors, while his Municipality is an active participant in the Network’s activities. The meeting was presided by the President of SUSTAINABLE CITY, Mr. Dimitris Kafantaris.
During the meeting, the General Director, Mr. Ioannis Georgizas, made a brief presentation of the Network’s activities so far with a focus on European Projects and Programme Contracts.
Presentation of the Initial Plan for the Energy Transition in Megalopolis to the Regional Governor of Peloponnese
On Monday, October 14th, 2019, the initial plan for the Energy Transition of the Municipality of Megalopolis was presented and delivered by the President, Mr. Dimitris Kafantaris, and the General Manager, Mr. Ioannis Georgizas, to the Regional Governor, Mr. Panagiotis Nikas. The plan, which was implemented by SUSTAINABLE CITY in collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens and the Regional Development Institute, forms the basis for the public consultation that will be held in the local community.
The consultation will result in the finalisation of the actions that will be proposed and funded in order to mitigate the impact of the transition to the post-lignite era in Megalopolis. This project was implemented within the framework of the Memorandum of Cooperation between SUSTAINABLE CITY and the Municipality of Megalopolis. It is worth noting that the Memorandum of Cooperation was unanimously approved by the City Council of Megalopolis in 2018.