The Municipality of Athienou has taken part or has done various projects through European funds, as mentioned below.
URBACT GOOD PRACTICE - The Volunteerism in Athienou
The Urbact Secretariat has approved a proposal of Good Practice for “The Volunteerism in Athienou”. 270 proposals were submitted and 97 won to get the medal of Good Practice in Tallin, Estonia, in an Urbact Festival from 3 to 5 October 2017.
The Athienou Municipal Council of Volunteering (MCV) provides for the basic needs of people facing poverty and social isolation. Volunteering is the tool used to connect people and services, with up to 200 volunteers at any one time. Evolving since 1970, there are currently four programmes: caring for the elderly, community help and entertainment, nursery care, and social welfare support. These activities interconnect different generations and provide direct and concrete help to those most in need.
The Good Practise can be seen at http://urbact.eu/volunteering-council .
The Municipality of Athienou was eligible and submitted, when the call “Creating Networks for the Transfer of Good Practices” was opened, a proposal as a Lead Partner for a Transfer Network that would transfer our Good Practice to other European cities. The proposal was approved on 4/4/2018 (details elsewhere).
Transfer Network “Volunteering City” of the URBACT III, 2018 Program
The Transfer Network of the Good Practice for the Volunteerism of Athienou “Volunteering City – Promoting Social Inclusion and Coherence between Generations in Cities through Volunteerism “, led by the Municipality of Athienou 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.
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. In the second phase the Network will be extended to a total of 8 European cities, where the Good Practice of the Municipality of Athienou will be transferred.
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 volunteerism, 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.
The 1st Phase of the Transfer Network will be completed on October 4, 2018, and a 2nd Phase proposal will be submitted, and provided it will be approved, will last for 2 years.
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.
Europe for Citizens, Proposal for European Youth Against Euroscepticism in Media, 2018 – as a partner. Lead Partner, Municipality of Altea, Spain
Global Education Goes Local
Program implemented in Cyprus by the World Education Department of the non-governmental organization Future Worlds Center. The program is co-funded by the European Union. The aim of the program is to raise citizens’ awareness of active action and critical thinking towards the challenges of interconnections in the world, focusing on the 3 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Gender Equality, Sustainable Cities and Communities and Responsible Consumption and Production.
A total of 6 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Spain, Cyprus, Lithuania, Slovenia) are participating in the same program.
The program will last for a total of 3 years. During these three years, the Future Worlds Center for International Education will host 3 workshops for all participants and one workshop for each community separately. In addition, the participating local actors will organize, with the guidance and financial assistance of the program, two learning-action workshop cycles (LAPs) in their communities. During the 2nd and 3rd year of collaboration, international workshops abroad will be organized on the program and the exchange of ideas and experiences for action.
Pioneers into Practice, Proposal “Energy reducing consumption in Municipal buildings and places in the Municipality of Athienou”. Possible employment of a Pioneer September-October 2018
The proposal submitted by the Municipality of Athienou was approved. For 6 weeks, a European Expert will visit Athienou Municipality to study and give suggestions for reducing energy consumption in Municipal Buildings and Sites in Athienou Municipality
A Network of Social Enterprises
The project defined a network of urban incubators for social enterprises – by which are meant businesses providing social services. The network supported the start-up of new initiatives of social entrepreneurship, offering services of advising, training activities and instruments of knowledge. The idea is that the social enterprises can represent the engine of the sustainable development of an urban area, according to Lisbon agenda, and their increase favour social cohesion and the improvement of urban economy. The network transfered best practices in social entrepreneurship and represented the reference for social policies of the territory and for local governance.
Lead Partner Gela (IT)
Agrinion – EL , Koropi – EL, Xátiva – ES, Grenoble – FR
Brighton & Hove – UK, Alcobaça – PT, Herrljunga – SE
Athienou – CY, Consortium Area of Industrial Development, Gela – IT
Lead Expert: Dr Sergio Campanella – mailto://email@example.com
Municipal Adult House
The two programs of the Municipal Council of Volunteerism (Athienou); the Kleanthios Elderly Home and the Constantinelenion Center for Adults, functioned as two separate and independent programs until 2012. The Kleanthios Community Home operated as a care facility for the elderly and the Constantinelenion Center for Adults as a day center for adults, offering multiple services.
Since March 2012, with the completion of the new housing and the consolidation of the two programs, it was decided to unify their operations, under the auspices of a multi-purpose program, known as the “Municipal House of the Adult Athienou”.
The construction of the new buildings was approved and co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) of the European Union under the RDP 2007-2013. Specifically, by Axis 3, Measure 3.2, Status 3.2.1, for day care and / or overnight stays for the elderly, for the contract amount of €2.099.000 + VAT. Regarding the funding, 80% of the cost was covered by the State and 15% by the Municipality of Athienou.
More information at “The Municipality-Welfare Contribution-Municipal Adult House”.
Maintenance – Restoration of the traditional flourmill
The project Maintenance – Restoration of the traditional flourmill had been approved as a Co-funded Project by the Rural Development Program 2007 – 2013 Measure 3.2: Conservation – Restoration and Enhancement of the Cultural Heritage and Natural Resources.
The Department of Town Planning and Housing had undertaken the coordination and implementation of the project for the Contract amount: € 386.180 + VAT. The Municipal contribution had been limited to 20% of the total cost.
More information at “The Municipality-Tour Around the City-Preserved Buildings”.
Maintenance – Restoration of the Family House of Monk Kaliinikos Stavrovouniotis and the old cheese and dairy factory
The project had been approved as a Co-funded Project by the Rural Development Program 2007 – 2013 Measure 3.1: Encouragement of Tourist Activities and Promotion of Cultural Heritage (Action Category): Thematic or Local / Regional Museums.
The Larnaca District Officer had undertaken the coordination and implementation of the project for the Contract amount: €540.000 + VAT. The Municipal contribution had been limited to 20% of the total cost.
More information at “The Municipality-Tour Around the City-Preserved Buildings”.
Submission of Proposals
The Municipality participated in submissions of proposals as Lead Partner or as a simple Partner in the following proposals submitted to the relevant programs (other than those already approved and there are notes at other places).
a) EEA and Norway grants for Youth Unemployment, Proposal “Active Young”, 2017- as a Partner. Lead Partner National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANIE), Portugal.
b) ENI CBC Med, Proposal “MED HUB SERVAGRI: Mediterranean Employment HUB at the Service of AGRIculture”, 2017 – as a Partner. Lead Partner GAL ELORO, Sicily, Italy.
c) Europe for Citizens, Proposal “Europe in You”, 2018 – as a partner. Lead Partner Municipality of San Cassiano (LE), Italy.
d) Europe for Citizens, Proposal for European Youth Against Euroscepticism in Media, 2018 – as a partner. Lead Partner, Municipality of Altea, Spain.
e) Europe for Citizens, Proposal «AGORA», 2019, as Lead Partner.
f) Europe for Citizens, Proposal «It’s my turn – Creating opportunities for active participation among young citizens», 2019 – as a partner. Lead Partner, City Massamagrell, Spain.
g) Europe for Citizens, Proposal “NEET-UP! Empowering youngsters to build the European future», 2019 – as a partner. Lead Partner, Municipality of Santa Pola,
η) URBACT Action Plan Networks, Partner in the “EU Circular Cities” project, leaded by the City of Noto, Sicily, Italy.
i) URBACT Action Plan Networks, Partner in “Mob2Em2: Mobilization and Mobility versus Employment and Emigrants”, leaded by the Municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal.