APPROVAL FOR FREE Wi-Fi INSTALLATION IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF ATHIENOU

The Municipality Athienou announces that a request for financing free Wi-Fi installation in the Municipality area has been approved. The application was submitted to the European Funds Unit of the Ministry of the Interior, acting as the Contractor of the Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organization and as Implementing Unit for the Managing Authority (Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment) of the Rural Development Program 2014-2020, under the 3rd Call for Proposals of Measure 7 of the RDP 2014-2020 for Status 7.3 ‘Upgrading the existing broadband infrastructure through the provision of wireless access to key locations in rural areas’, which was launched on 23 April 2018 with a deadline for submission of applications on 31 May 2018.

Specifically, the project “Development of Internet Access Wi-Fi (Internet) in Municipalities and Communities” was approved in Measure 7 of the RDP 2014-2020 and it will be implemented by the Department of Electrical and Mechanical Services of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, with an approved eligible budget of €589.050. The project is expected to serve communities and municipalities in rural areas, including the Municipality of Athienou, with a total population of more than 100,000.

The project budget will be co-financed by 53% from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and 47% from State resources.

At the same time, the Municipality submitted a timely application for funding another internet access point in its area, within the framework of the WiFi4EU program. This request was not approved and the Municipality will re-apply for funding in the new year, when the call will reopen.

PRESS RELEASE – Kick-off Meeting of the European Project YOUROPE

The Mayor Athienou Mr. Kyriakos Kareklas, accompanied by the President of the Municipal Council of Youth Dimitris Ierodiokonou and the Accounting Officer of the Municipality Mr Yannis Hatzimichael, participated at the kick-off meeting of the YOUROPE Project from 29 to 30 October 2018, which is within the framework of the initiative ‘Europe for Citizens’. The meeting took place in the city of Altea, Spain. The aim of the project is to unite roads for a better understanding of young people about Europe and the elimination of Euro-skepticism.

In the project participate cities or institutions from Warsaw – Poland, Ljubljana – Slovenia, Elassona – Greece, Sofia – Bulgaria, South – Sicily – Italy, Brussels – Belgium and the Municipality of Athienou.

The actions are 100% covered by European funding.

During the Project elaboration, meetings will take place in all the cities of the network. A meeting will take place between 3-5 April 2019 in the Municipality of Athienou.

At the meeting in Altea, Spain, the Mayor Athienou had the opportunity to meet and cooperate with the Mayor of Altea, as well as the Mayor of the city of Chialo, Spain.

Announcement

The public of Athienou is informed that following an agreement reached between the Government, the Council of Larnaca – Famagusta Landfill Exploitation Disposal places or Exploitation of House Disposals, in which the Mayor of Athienou is a member, and the Contractor of Koshi Landfill, as well as the payment an amount owed to the Contractor by the Government, the Municipality of Athienou decided not to charge the citizens another tax for disposals for the year 2018, taking into account the high amounts charged to the people of Athienou for taxes.

The citizens are urged to pay in time the first installment, knowing that there will be no further charge for disposals until the end of the year.

PRESS RELEASE – Transfer Network “Re-grow City”

The Mayor of Athienou Mr Kyriacos Kareklas participated at the meeting of the partners of the Transfer Network “Re-grow City”, of the URBACT Program, that took place from 13 to 15 June 2018 at the city of Altena, Germany. In the Network, that leads the Municipality of Altena, they are partners cities from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Latvia, Slovenia and the Municipality of Athienou.

The Network will promote the transfer of Altena’s Municipality Good Practice, that deals with the Innovative Urban Development of the City, through Civil Society Developing and volunteering participation of the citizens in the planning and construction of innovative works in the city, that helped it to stop the declining trend (from 30,000 citizens in 1970 ended up to around 17.000 today).

The Municipality of Athienou promotes Athienou planning through participatory democracy and taking into account the Good Practice of Altena in the actions taken in its territory.

On the 4th of July 2018, the Lead Expert of the Network will visit the Municipality of Athienou. He has to prepare a transferability study for the transfer of the Municipality of Altena’s Good Practice to the other cities of the Network, including the Municipality of Athienou.

PRESS RELEASE – Kick off Meeting

First Kick Off Meeting of the Transfer Network, Volunteering City – Promoting Social Integration and Coherence between Generations in Cities through Volunteerism, leaded by the Athienou Municipality.

The Network was approved under the European URBACT Program, for the Transfer of the Good Practice for Volunteerism and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The URBACT Monitoring Committee on April 4, 2018 approved 25 Good Practice Transfer Networks, which are attended by 20 European countries. From Cyprus submitted a proposal only the Municipality of Athienou, which was approved.

On April 16 and 17, 2018, the first kick-off meeting of all approved Transfer Networks was held in Paris, together with the authorized Lead Expert of each Transfer Network, funded directly by URBACT, with the aim to start work, develop a common understanding of how to promote the transfer of Good Practices, define the methodology and promote network expansion in up to 8 European partners, set up Local Action Groups and others.

Athienou Municipality is a Lead Partner of the Transfer Network Volunteering City – Promoting Social Inclusion and Coherence between Generations in Cities through Volunteering, with partners the Municipality of Capizzi, Sicily and the Kildare County Council in Ireland. Athienou Municipality, with the Mayor of Athienou, Kyriakos Kareklas and Mr. Dimitris Kouzapas, a volunteer and member of the Municipal Committee of European and International Affairs of the Municipality of Athienou, participated in the meeting in Paris.

The Municipality of Athienou will seek the best possible implementation of its proposal by promoting the objectives of the Good Practice Transfer Network for pan-European transfer and the promotion of volunteering, so that, with its approved Good Practice, which comes out through the 4 voluntary programs implemented in the Municipality for children, the elderly and those in need, to promote social inclusion and cohesion and fight against poverty.

GREAT SUCCESS OF ATHIENOU MUNICIPALITY – APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSAL AS A LEAD PARTNER WITHIN THE URBACT EUROPEAN PROGRAM FOR THE TRANSFER OF ITS GOOD PRACTICE FOR THE VOLUNTEERISM

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, it was the deadline for submitting proposals from transfer networks, to transfer the Good Practices approved, in other European cities, within the framework of the European Program URBACT. With too much work from two volunteers, who worked with zeal and excessive time, even during the holiday days, absolutely free, who the Municipality of Athienou congratulates and at the same time warmly thanks, Dimitris Kouzapas and Constantinos Kareklas, the Municipality of Athienou prepared and submitted as Lead Partner, for the first time in the history of the Municipality, an integrated proposal for the first phase of the transport networks entitled “Volunteering City – Promoting Social Inclusion and Inter-generational Cohesion in Cities, through Volunteerism” and with partners the city of Capizzi of Sicily and the Kildare County Council of Ireland, for the dissemination of its Good Practice for volunteerism, that was awarded the Good Practice Medal in Tallinn, Estonia.

The results were communicated by the Monitoring Committee of URBACT on 4/4/2018, after a meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. 25 transmission networks were approved and the proposal of the Athienou Municipality was successful.

The Municipality will now submit an implementation proposal for Phase 2, which will include 5 other European cities that have already contacted the Municipality and expressed interest and that will seek to promote the Pan-European promotion of the Volunteerism of Athienou. The maximum budget for each of the successful networks is € 600,000, plus € 110,000 for an expert who will help with the work of the network.

Implementation of the proposal will lead to various studies, production of various printed materials, pan-European conferences in Athienou and other European cities, etc. Local action groups will be set up to promote the aims of the network in all 8 European cities participating in the network. The transfer network will deal with the development of sustainable policies to combat poverty and promote social inclusion. The proposed policies to be developed are designed to address the problems faced by social groups in cities following the success of the Good Practice of Volunteerism in the Municipality of Athienou.

The transfer network will use a bottom-up participatory approach where active citizens will be organized in cities on a voluntary basis and the tools and legal and other support will be given to: i) identifying social groups and their needs in the community. (ii) the creation of the necessary social programs to meet the needs of identified social groups; (iii) the involvement of community members in the actions / policies implemented; and (iv) awareness and education of the general public on current social programs and needs.

Other announcements will follow during the implementation period of the proposal.

The Municipality of Athienou thanks and congratulates once again its volunteers, Dimitris Kouzapas and Konstantinos Kareklas, for the excellent voluntary work they did, which resulted in the approval of the proposal.

DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY Neighbourhood Concerts

Athienou: Friday 27 April 2018

Events Hall of Athienou Gymnasium, 20:00

In collaboration with Athienou Municipality

 

We welcome you to discover the Symphony, one of the most significant orchestral musical genres of classical music. Through samples of popular symphonies by the greatest composers of the genre, we will make a journey of 130 years: from the classical composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn (end of 18ου c.) to the «romantics» Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert up to the Russian Sergei Prokofiev (beginning of 20th c.).  We will begin by showcasing the «standard classical» movements (fast, slow, minuet, finale) which form a Symphony both as a structural form as well as stylistically. Then, we will take it one step further by showing how such movements form a unified work such as Prokofiev’s «Classical».

v. Beethoven: Symphony no. 8 in F major: I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Fr. Schubert: Symphony no. 6 in C major (“Little”): II. Andante
Haydn: Symphony no. 101 in D major (“The Clock”): III. Menuetto
A. Mozart: Symphony no. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”): IV. Molto Allegro
Prokofiev: Symphony no. 1 in D major, op. 25 (“Classical”)

 

Conductor – Presenter: Petros Stylianou

Entrance Free

Information: 22 463144, www.cyso.org.cy

Submission of a Proposal for Transfer its Good Practice for Volunteerism by the Municipality of Athienou.

Following the deadline last week for the submission of applications from cities labelled earlier this year Good Practices wishing to lead URBACT Transfer Networks, the URBACT Secretariat along with a team of external experts are now reviewing the proposals.

A total of 44 applications were received from 17 different member states around Europe. Spain is leading the way with 10 applications submitted, followed by Italy (6), Germany and Portugal (both 4). Other member states with more than one proposal include Portugal, France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Hungary. (Note (put from the Municipality of Athienou): This means that from Cyprus there was only one proposal, that of the Municipality of Athienou).

From a thematic perspective more than a third of the proposals are addressing social inclusion as a theme, covering topics such as migrants, affordable housing and volunteering. Most interestingly, more than one quarter of the proposals are focusing on environmental issues, which as a topic is generally under-represented in URBACT. Fewer proposals were received on employment and education.

The URBACT Monitoring Committee will make a decision based on the assessment of the external experts on 4th April 2018.

Well done to all those that submitted and good luck!

Submitted by URBACT on 15 January 2018

DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY – Neighbourhood Concerts

Athienou: Friday 27 April 2018

Events Hall of Athienou Gymnasium, 20:00

In collaboration with Athienou Municipality

We welcome you to discover the Symphony, one of the most significant orchestral musical genres of classical music. Through samples of popular symphonies by the greatest composers of the genre, we will make a journey of 130 years: from the classical composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn (end of 18ου c.) to the «romantics» Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert up to the Russian Sergei Prokofiev (beginning of 20th c.).  We will begin by showcasing the «standard classical» movements (fast, slow, minuet, finale) which form a Symphony both as a structural form as well as stylistically. Then, we will take it one step further by showing how such movements form a unified work such as Prokofiev’s «Classical».

v. Beethoven: Symphony no. 8 in F major: I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Fr. Schubert: Symphony no. 6 in C major (“Little”): II. Andante
Haydn: Symphony no. 101 in D major (“The Clock”): III. Menuetto
A. Mozart: Symphony no. 41 in C major, K. 551 (“Jupiter”): IV. Molto Allegro
Prokofiev: Symphony no. 1 in D major, op. 25 (“Classical”)

Conductor – Presenter: Petros Stylianou

Entrance Free

Information: 22 463144, www.cyso.org.cy

 

Award of Athienou Municipality for the project “1st Pancyprian Festival of Traditional Products of Athienou – Guided tours, workshops, exhibitions” in the category “Environment and Culture”.

Τhe Municipality of Athienou, that was awarded the European URBACT Good Practice award in Volunteering, participated in the submission of proposals for the “Green Town & Green Community of Cyprus” Pancyprian Award. After completion of the evaluation, Athienou Municipality has been awarded the Green City Award of Cyprus for the project “1st Pancyprian Festival of Traditional Products of Athienou – Guided tours, workshops, exhibitions” in the category “Environment and Culture”.

On Friday, January 26, 2018 the Green Flag was awarded at a special formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace with the Mayor of Athienou Mr Kyriakos Kareklas to receive the “Green Flag” from the President of the Republic Nikos Anastasiadis.

At the ceremony, Mr. Kareklas was accompanied by the Deputy Mayor, members of the Municipal Council and members of the Cultural Committee of the Municipality, volunteers of the Festival held at Konstantinion Municipal Park of Athienou on October 15, 2017.

Athienou Municipality announces the proclamation of the 2nd Pancyprian Festival of Traditional Products of Athienou, which will take place at the same site on Sunday, October 7, 2018. It will also take other actions in 2018 to promote the Green City institution.