The Institute of Research and Training on European Affairs- I.R.T.E.A. was created by a team of young scientists and aims at becoming a strong academic center in Greece and South Europe, while bridging the gap between the academic knowledge and the society, politics and business world. I.R.T.E.A. operates in Greece, Athens and in Belgium, Brussels where it holds its offices, in order to support its consultative status to the European Parliament and policy making role at the European Institutions.
To these ends, I.R.T.E.A. focuses on the following goals:
– Awareness rising to the Greek and European citizens and youth, to fully understand the EU legislative procedures and policies, fostering knowledge and promoting structured dialogue
– Production and dissemination of scientific knowledge, under the principles and values of ethical, innovative and quality research with the ultimate goal of policy making, in the fields of Environment, Economy and Growth, in order to realize a sustainable society
– Emphasize on youth empowerment, investment, advocating, and support. Implementation of all needed actions, including education and training, aiming at developing – enriching skills and competences, making youth even more qualified and competitive so as to meet labor market needs
– Bridge the gap among the academic, social and business world in Europe
– Promote entrepreneurship, smart innovation and specialization for new scientists, entrepreneurs and employees though concrete educational and training actions
– Stress the importance of democratic values promotion, respect of the Fundamental Rights, equality and non-discrimination in EU and national level, while fostering participatory democracy, cultural diversity understanding and multilingualism
– The implementation of any kind of activity which contributes to the familiarization of the citizens of EU member states with different cultures and traditions
– Provide consultation and support to the European citizens and primarily youth in EU instruments, policies and priorities and the ways of directly or indirectly benefiting
NGO “SYSTEM AND G” was first created in July, 2010 as an informal group and already since December 2010, has a status of NGO. The S&G activist core are ex EVS volunteers with great experience in Youth in Action projects (international exchanges, seminars, workshops, EVS) and in the field of NGOs. They formed to further educate young people from Greece giving priority to youngsters with fewer opportunities, and gathering other volunteers, giving them the opportunity to acquire new international experience, discover another culture and creativity in the future for young people to serve as a force for personal development and expanding horizons. System and G all activities are mainly based on non-formal education methods. Creativity, culture, art, nature and environmental awareness, intercultural dialogue, joy, European awareness, research, democracy, active participation, tolerance, inclusion, information, informal education and voluntary – these are key words in System and G all activities. System and G belief is – the international experience, cultural interaction and exchange of experiences is one of the most important and most effective drivers for personal development, it significantly broadens the horizons of young people and opens up a wider view of their own, the state and the future. System and G aims to activate its volunteers in the fields of active citizenship and environmental awareness by encourage youth participation in related processes, as well as equip them with information about various opportunities to participate in national and multicultural projects around Greece, Europe and the world.
TidsNätverket I Bergsjön is a Non-Governmental Organisation based in the eastern parts of Gothenburg. We use the Time Banking tool as a major resource in the accounting our youth activities in the community. Using the Time Banking tool, the young people actively organises, participates and coordinates community building activities aimed at reaching out to other youth and children in creating social and public awareness in activities on issues of culture, dance, film, drama and entertainment.
Since the inception of the TimeBanking network, TidsNätverket I Bergsjön has worked with project work as its daily activity. The organization has focus on the development of talents and creation of daily activities in its community. TidsNatverket i Bergsjön has more than 60 fully paid up members, more than 30 volunteers and 4 employees and a part-time accountant.
The organisation is stable both financially and operationally to carry out the project. The cooperation with the local community and government institutions enable a sound distribution of resources to the organization.
The town of Skyros is the capital of the municipality of Skyros, of the province of Karysti, of Evia county. In the township are the villages Linaria, Loutro(n), Traxy, the settlements of Aspous, Kyra Panagia, Acherounes, Mela and the islets of Sarakiniko and Skyropoula. Chora is located on the eastern side of the island, in the eastern foothills of Mount Olympus. It is built amphitheatrically on a high rock and is 11 km from Linaria, the seaport.
It is a typical island state, consisting of small houses with quirky dark roofs covered by “melagki” (a clayey soil that provides thermal protection from solar radiation). Among the small houses there are narrow winding streets and stairs. Most of the homes of the country preserve the interior decoration consisting of large chests, tiny carved wooden furniture, pottery, textiles and beautiful embroidery.
The people do mainly for a living farming, construction and trade of folk art (pottery, wood carvings furniture, embroidery and tourism.)
The municipality Skyros is part of the regional unit of Euboea. Apart from the island Skyros it consists of the small inhabited island of Skyropoula and a few smaller uninhabited islands. The total area of the municipality is 223.10 square kilometres (86 sq mi).
The Municipality of Komotini is located in Rhodope Region of Thrace, in the North-Eastern Greece. The city is built in the Thracian valley and on the foot of Rhodope mountain range, in 32-38m. altitude, 20km approximately from the sea. It is the biggest among the 4 municipalities of Rhodope Region and its capital, Komotini, constitutes the capital of Thrace, the administrative centre of the Prefecture of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace and the head of the Democritus University of Thrace which has departments in all regions of Thrace.
The population of the Municipality according to the results of the 2011 census survey is 55.812. It is consisted of local Greeks, Greek re-settlers from Asia Minor and Eastern Thrace, Muslims of Turkish, Pomak and Romani origins, descendants of refugees who survived the Armenian Genocide, and recent refugees, including Pontiac Greeks, from the countries of the former Soviet Union (mainly Georgia, Armenia, Russia and Kazakhstan). More than this, around 10.000 students of Democritus University live in the city. Komotini today is a modern urban centre which is in constant development in all sectors of social life. The city of Komotini heads like a historically awarded centre of a multi-cultural route for centuries, initiating from the Byzantine ages when it starts shaping the multicultural identity that is maintained until these days. It has a rich folk tradition and an extremely elevated the cultural activity.
The Municipality of Oropedi-Lasithi is a Municipality consisted of 18 villages .The 18 villages are built in the foothills of the mountains, leaving the great valley among them suitable for agricultural activities. Besides its wild beauty, the Municipality is famous for the numerous windmills, most of the them built in the 19th century, that are currently been renewed. Regarding its development programme, one of the biggest initiatives made by the mayor and the municipality council is the funding of the Municipal Public Benefit Company (MPBC)of the Municipality of Plateau of Lasithi. This project began in 2010 and consists an extremely useful tool in assisting the fulfilling of the social, cultural, sports, and development needs of the Municipality. Its main actors are the Mayor of the Municipality, the members of the Municipality Council, the elected Administrative Council of MPBC, as well as members of the Municipality that wish to contribute in the development and growth of the area.
The main fields that the MPBC will take action in are:
1. Actions regarding social welfare and solidarity
2. Organization of cultural events
3. Creation and running of a center of creative activities for children
4. Creation of educational and training centers
5. Organization of educational and training seminars on computer technology and communication
6. Environmental actions
7. Creation of an office that administrates European Programmes – participation in national and European actions
8. Implement action of research and innovation
All the above goals have already begun to be implemented and have contributed in the development of the area, as well as the welfare of the villagers.
K.E.D.E. is in the form of a municipal enterprise in the public interest. It mainly purposes to undertake activities in the fields of Education, Health, Social Protection as well as Social Solidarity. In the context of environmental protection, K.E.D.E., applies practices related to transport and sustainable development, while pursuing research and development goals for the development of all the above areas
Indicatively, the following practices and structures are applied: the co – organization and elaboration of environmental programs of schools, the operation of the Environmental Center Information in the city of Eleusis, centers for the creative engagement of children and people with disabilities, the implementation of “social nature” programs applied in Europe and internationally. A significant area of action is the tourist promotion of the city, organizing seasonal, tourist events (carnival, Christmas, folklore events), as well as the “Aeschylia Festival” of particular importance for the tourist visibility of the city based on its history. What is more, the “Aeschylia Festival” has been awarded the european title for “Festivals for Europe” (EFFE), for the second consecutive year. The EFFE label indicates the artistic quality and significant impact of the festival at local, national and international level.
Aradippou Municipality is a member of Energy Cities and a signatory of the Covenant of Mayors since 2014. Aradippou is a dynamically growing town that serves approximately 20.000 inhabitants. The Municipality’s main resources, derive from government subsidy, taxations, construction fees, issuance of several licenses, water management and waste management. The Municipality is strategically located between the Larnaka International Airport (approx. 10 Km) and the Port of Larnaka (approx. 5 Km). The town constitutes a nodal point at the international road network of the island. Aradippou is the second biggest municipality of Cyprus extending over a land of 173 sq. Km. Over the years Aradippou has developed three Industrial Zones serving multiple, light industry purposes.
For the last two years, Aradippou has been developing its investment strategy in order to become a net zero energy Smart City. The project is named “Aradippou Smart Industrial City” (ASIC) and has been developed in collaboration with the Energy Cities association, the Electricity Authority of Cyprus and the Larnaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). The ASIC project has a central role in the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) of Aradippou Municipality submitted to the Covenant of Mayors. The ASIC project has been selected by the Ministry of Finance of Cyprus to be promoted within the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The project is expected to mobilize approximately 43 million euros in Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy Sources (RES) actions in the Municipality, supported by a Smart Grid to be developed by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC).
This pioneering effort of Aradippou Municipality in collaboration with other European Cities is rich in educational content. For this reason Aradippou Municipality has partnered with the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute for the preparation of educational actions within the Smart Cities framework specialized in Entrepreneurship in Education with the theme of “Educating the smart city: generating smart ideas for my city”.