The Municipality of Athienou has taken part or has done various projects through European funds, as mentioned below.

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 .

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).

The Volunteerism Good Practice Transfer Network, “Volunteering Cities”, with the Municipality of Athienou as Lead Partner, was approved under the European URBACT Program, to transfer the Good Practice for Volunteering and is co-funded by the European Development Fund.

On April 4, 2018, the URBACT Monitoring Committee approved 25 Good Practice Transfer Networks, involving 20 European countries, for the implementation of Phase A’ Networks. From Cyprus submitted a proposal, which was approved, only the Municipality of Athienou.

Athienou participated as the Lead Partner of the network, “Volunteering City – Promoting Social Inclusion and Cohesion in Cities through Volunteering”, with partners the cities of Capizzi, Sicily and the Kildare County Council of Ireland. Phase A’ was successfully implemented and the Municipality submitted a proposal for Phase B’, which was also approved on December 4, 2018. The Municipality is the Lead Partner and partners are 7 other European cities, where the good practice of Athienou Municipality will be transferred. The 7 cities are Arcos de Valdevez of Portugal, Altea of ​​Spain, Capizzi of Sicily-Italy, Altena of Germany, Radlin of Poland, Pregrada of Croatia and Kildare County Council of Ireland.

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

The Network is supported in its work by a Lead Expert who is paid directly by the Program.

Phase B’ of the Transfer Network will be completed on 4 December 2020.

The total budget of the Program is € 600.000.

The Municipality of Athienou participates as a partner in the European program YOUROPE, approved under the EUROPE FOR CITIZENS CALL. The Lead Partner is the Municipality of Altea, Spain, and besides the Municipality of Athienou participate as partners the cities of Warsaw – Poland, Agia – Greece, Ljubljana – Slovenia, Sofia – Bulgaria, Noto – Sicily, Italy and Brussels – Belgium.

YOUROPE is a network of 8 European cities focusing on young people and their role in the present and future of Europe. The aim of this project is to contribute to the fight against Eurosceptic rhetoric by encouraging participants to engage in dialogue and to work out a rhetoric in favor of inclusive Europe at local level. The main players are young citizens from each region, who will work with experts (eg academic teachers, bloggers, journalists, etc.) to learn about media communication strategies, policies and strategies The EU, as well as the free expression of their views and with a view to making a big impact locally and regionally, making the new European ambassadors in their own city.

With its involvement, the Municipality of Athienou helps Athienou youth to reach out to other youth in all participating cities, helping them to achieve the goals of the Program.

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.

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

The Municipality of Athienou, with the help of a partner from Greece and with partners 4 other cities from Europe, submitted a proposal as a Lead Partner, within the framework of the EUROPE FOR CITIZENS Invitation, to the “Cities Network” action. The proposal of the municipality AGORA was submitted before the closure of this call on 01/03/2019, when 130 valid proposals were submitted. Only 18 out of the 130 valid proposals were approved, or 13.4%, and the Municipality of Athienou’s application is among them.

Apart from the Municipality of Athienou, the Municipalities of Smolyan Bulgaria, Cinicello Balsamo of Lombardy – Italy, Santa Maria Da Feira of Portugal and Athens of Greece participate in the program.

The AGORA program concerns an open dialogue in a public space, through the experimental method of dialogue and participation as in Ancient Athens. This activity promotes the European Union understanding and the democratic engagement of the participants. It benefits the participants by facilitating the effective aspect of learning while it enhances interpersonal relations and promotes interpersonal rewards. Moreover, it produces improved communication and discussion skills within the group and produces a more integrated view of the broader context within which sociological concepts fall. This activity also promotes individual discovery in learning.

The budget is €143.640 and is 100% covered by European funding. The program will last for 2 years and the first meeting will take place soon, at a time to be determined, in Athienou.

A Network of Social Enterprises

URBAN NOSE is a project within the URBACT programme, supported by the ERDF.

Issue addressed

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 protected]


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”.

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”.

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”.

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 «It’s my turn – Creating opportunities for active participation among young citizens», 2019 – as a partner. Lead Partner, City Massamagrell, Spain.

f) Europe for Citizens, Proposal “NEET-UP! Empowering youngsters to build the European future», 2019 – as a partner. Lead Partner, Municipality of Santa Pola,

g) URBACT Action Plan Networks, Partner in the “EU Circular Cities” project, leaded by the City of Noto, Sicily, Italy.

h) URBACT Action Plan Networks, Partner in “Mob2Em2: Mobilization and Mobility versus Employment and Emigrants”, leaded by the Municipality of Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal.