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About Green Infrastructure : Europe, Greece

About Green Infrastructure : Europe, Greece

On the TV Antenna of the Greek Parliament, in "Member Card" coordinated by Matroni Dikaiakou, Stella Kyvelou is talking about "Green Infrastructure" in Europe with the presence of Dimitris...

Forum on Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry

Forum on Economic Impacts of the Cruise Industry

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MARINESCAPE FORUM PIRAEUS

MARINESCAPE FORUM PIRAEUS

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CISD : Natural Resources and Small Islands

CISD : Natural Resources and Small Islands

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Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction

Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction

  Conference of the Pioneers of the Local Authorities in Energy Cost Reduction - organised by the ERFC with the participation of SDMed 31th March 2015, Athens, Greece VENUE : NATIONAL...

Green and blue infrastructure strategies : Nature-based solutions for cities and territories

Green and blue infrastructure strategies : Nature-based solutions for cities and territories

The "Green Infrastrucure Initiative" presents the International Conference "Green and blue infrastructure matters ! : Nature-based solutions for cities and territories" 30 September, 1 & 2...

Greek ESPON-on-the-Road on press !

Greek ESPON-on-the-Road on press !

   BLOD.GR : http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewevent.aspx?EventID=408  

Presentation of ESPONTrain, Brussels, Committee of the Regions,10 October 2014

Presentation of ESPONTrain, Brussels, Committee of the Regions,10 October 2014

Promoting the Use of European territorial evidence in practise. The ESPON National Contact Points capitalising efforts at transnational level This session  gave the stage to the...

ESPON Day ‘What European Territory Today and Tomorrow?’ 10 October 2014, Brussels

ESPON Day ‘What European Territory Today and Tomorrow?’ 10 October 2014, Brussels

10 October 2014, 8h30 – 16h00 Aim and Structure of the ESPON Day The ESPON Day ‘What European Territory Today and Tomorrow?’ aims at presenting mainachievements on European territorial...

Workshop on Smart Blue Growth, Nafplion, 4 june 2014

Workshop on Smart Blue Growth, Nafplion, 4 june 2014

  European seas and coasts are important drivers of the economy. In 2012 the EU’s blue economy represented 5.4 million jobs and a gross added value of just under €500 billion per year2. In...

SDMed participates in the CreativeMED Conference

SDMed participates in the CreativeMED Conference

The CreativeMED project, capitalising five successful projects of the MED programme 2007-2013, aims to deliver a bottom-up smart specialisation framework leveraging the creativity and...

Balancing acoustic comfort with energy performance, air quality               and fire protection in buildings

Balancing acoustic comfort with energy performance, air quality and fire protection in buildings

The ECHOPOLIS 2013 e-Proceedings are now available !!  see among the articles published :  Kyvelou S., Floros C., : Building sustainability through integrated design process :...

ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference

ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference

ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference Are European planners familiar with ESPON findings? Integrating ESPON in higher education and policy making at central, regional and local levels...

"Territorial Development Opportunities in Europe and its Neighbourhood - Fostering Global Competitiveness", 5 - 6 December 2012

How to foster Europe’s competitiveness and integration through cooperation with neighbouring territories? Under this headline the first day of the Internal ESPON Seminar held in Cyprus on the 5...

SDMed hosted a major event:

SDMed hosted a major event: "EchoPolis Athina 2013"

    SDMed launched a major event in 2013 in Athens: "EchoPolis - Days of Sound 2013" Today, when western society is acutely concerned with the questions of individual existence,...

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SB05MED&Expo-LIFE SB-MED Event

SDMed 2005 major event : SB05MED&Expo "Sustainable construction : action for sustainability in the mediterranean region"    For further information, please download : Film...

Demain la ville

Demain la ville

.     24.1.2012 SDMed supported the event "Demain la ville", 24/01/2012, 19h00 from INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE GRECE on Vimeo. At French Intitute of...

Urban regeneration and city branding: is memory an asset or an obstacle?

Urban regeneration and city branding: is memory an asset or an obstacle?"

Athens, Greece, June 19-23, 2010      "URBAN REGENERATION AND CITY BRANDING:IS MEMORY AN ASSET OR AN OBSTACLE?" 40th Annual Conference of the Johns Hopkins International...

Action plan for sustainable building and construction in the Mediterranean

Action plan for sustainable building and construction in the Mediterranean

The SBC Report : Action plan for sustainable building and construction in the Mediterranean was produced based on the outcomes of the SB05MED&Expo Conference and presented by...

SDMed becomes member of SBC Italia

SDMed becomes member of SBC Italia

  SD-Med has been assigned honorary member of the SBC Italia which is member of the SBAlliance. For more information on the Italian initiatives on sustainable building, please visit our ...

2nd French-hellenic Meeting on sustainable development

2nd French-hellenic Meeting on sustainable development

  The 2nd French-hellenic Meeting for sustainable development, held on 16 and 17 march 2009 in the French Institute of Athens has had a great success !   About 300 participants,...

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SDMed-IFA Joint Event  2009 Invitation : Dear friends and colleagues,  We are pleased to invite you to participate in the "2nd French-Hellenic Meeting for Sustainable Development"...

SDMed at the Building Green Show

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SB08MED&Expo: The mediterranean city facing climate change

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2008 : SB08MED&Expo : "The mediterranean city facing climate change : innovation, investment, governance for a low-carbon city" for further information, please download : Video-spot of the...

What the others say for us !

What the others say for us !

  Contributing to the international movement for progress There are two ways of going about integrating the environment into an activity. One is to evaluate the quality of a product; the...

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SDMed hosted a major event: "EchoPolis Athina 2013"

 

 

SDMed launched a major event in 2013 in Athens: "EchoPolis - Days of Sound 2013"

Today, when western society is acutely concerned with the questions of individual existence, strongly accentuated by the economic and financial crisis, the emotions are once again at the forefront of our concerns. Social progress also implies that emotions, which have so long been ignored when major decisions were made, be taken fully into account in the construction of our urban world. Our urban world, architecture, the city, and the neighbourhood, naturally, seem to build on emotion, either it is positive or negative but still prohibiting indifference.The event «Echopolis Athena 2013» will deal with ways to enrich sustainable architecture and sustainable city with a new dimension, that of the emotions and senses ...... who can certainly contribute to the rebirth of hope in society and in the city that is plagued by economic decline and collapsing due to the crisis.The contemporary and future city is being flooded by networks of interconnections both internally and with other urban and spatial scales (its region, the national and supranational level ..), it is increasingly using new digital technologies to regulate its functions. Thus, a firm integration of sensations and emotions in designing sustainable city can only be based on digital technologies and catch up with their progress. Concepts such as interactivity with the user and the inhabitant of the city, are becoming increasingly important in the design of the urban environment and the everyday life.

The event "EchoPolis Athena 2013" will focus on one of the most important senses: hearing, thus drawing attention to the sound quality of the urban environment and how, resources and tools  can be used so that  sounds, noises and music become design elements and factors of enrichment of sustainability in cities and neighborhoods. Relatively recently, the concepts of soundscape and sound design leave the research laboratories and invade the market, the world of professionals  and the discourse between designers and all those involved in the application of sound design in the city, architects, engineers, private companies of sound equipment and facilities.The EchoPolis Days of Sound 2013  major festival event was hosted by the french-hellenic and International SDMed Association which works for sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean and the Balkans on 29.9-3.10,2013 in Athens. The Event EchoPolis 2013 used as motto :"Re-invent emotions in the City, let's feel them, let's hear the city sounds" !

  • Important scientific part of the festival will be the Echo&Polis International Conference "Sounds, noise and music for re-thinking sustainable city, buildings and econeighborhood"
  • The conference offered a platform for interdisciplinary dialog and presentations of innovative research and development in the field of integrating sound in sustainable building and city planning and design, covering a wide range of subjects from sonic geography, ecology and soundscapes to the noise carthography and recent developments of sound design in general.

“Echo&polis 2013” invited specialists from academic and research institutions, industry and public institutions worldwide to present their innovative work. To be on the mailing list, please subscribe to the SDMed newsletter ( www.sd-med.org) or send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Main organizer of the conference, the SDMed observation Network is known internationally for high-level events and research in the domain of sustainable buildings, cities and eco-neighborhoods in the Mediterranean basin.

Academic partners of the conference are specialists from French, Greek and other world-wide Universities and Research Centers, backed by a strong international scientific committee.

The Echo&polis 2013 Conference Topics were the following :

  • "Sonic Geography-Sonic Landscapes-Sonic Ecology"
  • "Sound and music in emotional architecture and emotional city"
  • "Sound design and eco-innovation in cities"
  • "Sound and Noise in sustainable cities and econeighborhoods"
  • "Sustainable abatement of noise by optimized combinations of natural and artificial means"
  • "Urban and rural quiet areas-Sound and noise Cartography-Strategic noise plans"
  • "Noise exposure and effects on health, Noise action plans,annoyance maps"
  • "Sound environment, Noise, Music,city attractiveness and sustainable tourism" 
  • "Sound Heritage and soundscapes"
  • "Sound and Noise in transport infrastructure" 
  • "Sound and Noise in sustainable buildings"
  • "Balancing energy performance, thermal insulation, acoustic comfort and air quality in buildings"

The event targeted :

  • the recognition and enhancement of the sound dimension of our lives
  • exploring the role of sound in the way of perceiving, feeling, and thinking
  • considering the environment in our everyday life as an aesthetic system where sound is an important factor.
  • complementing the way we see architecture and urbanism, with a new design factor and parameter : the"sound"
  • promoting the idea of enriching the academia and research with the specification of sound design (design sonore in french)
  • promote presentation of modern materials and management systems (of sound and noise protection, sounds creation and patterns of use of sounds)

Were present : 

Sound, acoustics and sound design scientists.

Architects, urban planners, sociologists, psychologists, philosophers

Academics and researchers in the above fields.

Companies that deal with related materials and building systems

Companies that deal with the supply of technological equipment of management, creation and use of sounds

Cities and networks of cities having developed innovative solutions for noise abatement or use of sound and music for increasing attractiveness

The official conference languages were English, French and Greek. 

See also :

EchoPolis Cultural Event

"Echopolis Soundscape Award"  

The venues of the event

1 - The Foundation "Michalis Kakoyannis"    

2 - The auditorium of the French Institute of Greece  

 

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ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference

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ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference

Are European planners familiar with ESPON findings?

Integrating ESPON in higher education and policy making at central, regional and local levels

Athens, Greece

3 - 4 April 2013

The Greek ESPON Contact Point organized, in cooperation with the ESPON Coordination Unit and the ESPONTrain Partners, the Final Transnational ESPONTrain Conference“Are European planners familiar with ESPON findings? Integrating ESPON in higher education and policy making at central, regional and local levels”. The Conference took place in Athens (Greece) on 3-4 April 2013 and brought together 298 participants representing the ESPON CU, ESPON Monitoring Committee, ESPON Contact Points, ESPONTrain Tutors and Trainees as well as stakeholders participating in ESPONTrain and previous TNAs (e.g INTERSTRAT), mainly Universities and training centres (e.g the National Center of Public Administration ) but also ministries and regional/local authorities. Postgraduate and graduate level students in territorial development fields were also present.

As recent ESPONTrain implementation showed and this is widely reported, the best part of the teaching/learning experience is the fact that ESPONTrain largely neutralized some of the skepticism surrounding the ESPON projects, clearly marked their limits and highlighted the benefits from their use in every-day planning and policy making.

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Purpose of the event

The purpose of the Seminar was two-fold:

  • Enhance transnationality of the ESPONTrain Project, bringing together the ESPON Coordination Unit, 10 ESPONContact Points (ECPs) participating in the ESPON Programme as well as trainers and trainees involved in the ESPONTrain Virtual Learning Environment Project. This first day focused on the issue of using ESPON findings in higher education and in territorial development strategies. Participants mostly came from higher education institutions, both professors and students as well as from state and regional authorities.
  • allow policy makers and practitioners to discuss themes for further integration of the ESPON knowledge in the implementation of territorial development and cohesion in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

The ESPONTrain Conference succeeded in promoting dialogue between political leaders, policy makers, academics and professionals on the field of territorial development and cohesion and was structured around the following topics:

  1. The progress of the ESPONTrain Project, its results, its evaluation as well as the perspectives of further development of the ESPONTrain VLE model in the ESPON countries;
  2. The use of ESPON findings in spatial planning and in territorial development focusing on European cities and regions;
  3. The ongoing spatial and urban planning reform in Greece and in other ESPON countries and particularly in relation to the use of the ESPON findings;
  4. The profile of European planners (qualifications, skills, etc.) required to meet the challenges of territorial development and cohesion in Europe and the necessary innovation that ESPON can bring in its education.
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Welcome and Opening Speeches

Participants were welcomed by the Vice Rector of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens and the Greek ECP. Salutations were given by : the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the Vice Rector of the National Technical University of Athens, the Greek representative in the ESPON Monitoring Committee, Representatives of the Region of Attica, members and experts of the Greek ECP.

The opening speeches by Peter Billing ( ESPON CU) and Stella Kyvelou (ESPONTrain LP) identified the ESPONTrain Project in the larger context of ESPON and its concept, structure, achievements, results and lessons learned by its implementation in the ESPON countries.

Followed 4 Round Tables that gave the opportunity to explore the degree of appropriation of the ESPON Findings both by the academic community and the state, regional and local authorities and the great potential of ESPON knowledge demand by higher education and stakeholders that the ESPONTrain could efficiently respond to, in the near future. These round tables also gave the opportunity to present ESPONTrain Project’s implementation in each participating country from different points of view, the one of the ECPs and this of the Trainers and the Trainees involved in the educational cycles which inspired the discussion on future ideas and demands for further implementation.

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Priorities for further development of ESPON education activities

There is indeed a large potential in ESPON education, a fact that was clearly revealed by the ESPONTrain Final Transnational Conference and the participating ECPs asked for the continuation of the Project in order to reach more target groups of potential trainees and add more knowledge coming from the ESPON Projects in the existing ESPONTrain Virtual Learning Environment.

The ESPONTrain project contributed to the familiarization of specific target groups with ESPON results and vocabulary, but has also been a major input to the strategic goals of ESPON: on the one hand forming the next academic generation in ESPON related research, and on the other hand contributing to the “European territory of tomorrow”by developing learning efforts towards higher education institutions.

Furthermore, Since a large majority (70%) of the countries involved in the ESPONTrain Project were Mediterranean and Balkan (Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta, Romania, Bulgaria) and due to the positive response of the trainees and trainers in this region, a new initiative based on the ESPONTrain VLE Project could be considered in form of an educational ESPON “pole of competence” in the Mediterranean region, which also would contribute to the extension of ESPON towards neighboring countries. The location of this “pole” could be Greece or Cyprus which can have significant results for the extension of ESPON towards neighboring countries. This strategic goal of ESPON can be facilitated by and based on the ESPONTrain VLE Project.

The above proposal has been assisted by all Greek Universities and Training Centres present at the Conference as well as by Greek politicians.

Another important continuation, capitalization and synergy effect of the ESPONTrain Projects’ philosophy and successful implementation is the new TNA entitled “USESPON” whose Lead Partner is the UK ECP (RTPI) and partner with tasks mainly related to VLE further development mainly on ESPON Tools and the use of ESPON findings by regions is the Greek ECP (Panteion University) that is the Lead Partner of the ESPONTrain Project.

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 More information

Considering that the theme is interesting to a wider audience, ESPON Contact Point will produce a report which aims at disseminating the main outcomes of the event based on the discussions registered during the Conference.This report may also be useful for the "USESPON" TNA.

Please find below the programme, the press releases and the presentations made during the event.

Should you have questions please do not hesitate to contact the Greek ESPON Contact Point at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos: Efi Apostolopoulou and Nikos Apostolopoulos. More photos are available in the Gallery.

Presentations

Programme

Press Release

Press release ( after the Conference)

Stavros Kalafatis, Dep.Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change

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Stella Kyvelou 3 4 2013

Peter Billing 4.4.2013

Maria Karaklioumi, Vice Governor, Region of Attica

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Background 4 4 2013

 

Also visit : Facebook, USESPON Website, Greek ECP Website

Balancing acoustic comfort with energy performance, air quality and fire protection in buildings

The ECHOPOLIS 2013 e-Proceedings are now available !! 

see among the articles published : 

Kyvelou S., Floros C., : Building sustainability through integrated design process :  Balancing acoustic comfort with energy performance, air quality  and fire protection in buildings, Echopolis international 2013 Proceedings, Athens, Sept-Oct 2013

Authors :  

Stella Kyvelou  
Architect N.T.U.A-Planner, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Regional Development, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens, Greece
e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Christos Floros
Architect N.T.U.A. and Health Facility Planner UNL, London.
Member of the National Committee that created the Greek Building Regulations, Greece, e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

SDMed participates in the CreativeMED Conference

The CreativeMED project, capitalising five successful projects of the MED programme 2007-2013, aims to deliver a bottom-up smart specialisation framework leveraging the creativity and innovation potential of the Mediterranean “spirit” (such as cultural traditions and identities, openness and willingness of people to network and share, capacity to integrate technical with social innovation etc.). This conference is the first public event whereby the specific aspects of the framework are presented and validated against a number of regional smart specialisation strategies currently in preparation. The ultimate goal is to identify, trace and convey alternative innovation models, which create economic value by using culture-based dynamics.

For more info please visit : www.creativemed.eu

In the framework of the Project, the Central Union of Greek Chambers organises the CreativeMED Project Conference entitled : 
"MEDITERRANEAN CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION:TRANSFORMING REGIONAL POLICY"
The Conference will take place at the AMPHITHEATRON OF ACROPOLIS MUSEUM - ATHENS
10th April 2014 09:00 – 17:30

Please download the CreativeMED Conference Agenda here !

 

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Workshop on Smart Blue Growth, Nafplion, 4 june 2014

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European seas and coasts are important drivers of the economy. In 2012 the EU’s blue economy represented 5.4 million jobs and a gross added value of just under €500 billion per year2. In all, 75% of Europe’s external trade and 37% of trade within the EU is seaborne. Much of this activity is concentrated around Europe’s coasts, but not all. Some landlocked countries host very successful manufacturers of marine equipment.

The blue economy is rather diverse and encompasses sectors such as coastal tourism, offshore oil and gas, deep-sea shipping, short-sea shipping, yachting and marinas, passenger ferry services, cruise tourism, fisheries, inland waterway transport, coastal protection, offshore wind, monitoring and surveillance, blue biotechnology, desalination, aggregates mining, marine aquatic products, marine mineral mining, ocean renewable energies. The individual sectors are interdependent and rely on common skills and shared infrastructures such as ports and electricity distribution networks.
The Blue Growth initiative sets out to harness the untapped potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts for jobs and growth. As such, it represents the maritime dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Against this backdrop, “smart development” in the context of this workshop session was understood as the development of Europe’s blue economy based on knowledge and innovation. Taking up the Europe 2020 goals in the broader sense, smart development of the blue economy requires the development of innovative sectors, strengthening of research and innovation as well as promotion of education and lifelong learning to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the economy.

 

Stella Kyvelou 'Introduction WS Smart development' PPT 2.72 MB
Carlos Tapia 'GREECO' PPT 22.22 MB
Jaczek Zaucha 'BSR-TeMo' PPT 6.27 MB
Andreu Ulied 'ET 2050' PPT 5.62 MB

"Integrated development through land-sea interaction: dimensions and perspectives of blue growth in Europe and in Greece", Piraeus, 10,11&12. November 2014

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The Greek ESPON Contact Point hosts, this year, in Piraeus, two ESPONontheRoad meetings :

a Transnational ESPONontheRoad Workshop entitled "Integrated development through land-sea interaction: dimensions and perspectives of blue growth in Greece"  on the 10th and 11th November 2014

a National meeting entitled «Blue Growth for boosting jobs and youth entrepreneurship :  Employment Opportunities, Innovation & the contribution of Start Ups” on the 12th November 2014 

Venue of the events : Congress Hall of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), Akti Miaouli

The National Contact Point ESPON 2013, in the  framework of the transnational networking activity entitled "ESPON-on-the-ROAD" (www.esponontheroad.eu) in which it is  currently participating as key partner in cooperation with 18 other countries and  Lead partner the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR),   organizes a Transnational Meeting in Piraeus on the 10th and 11th November 2014.

The meeting is aiming at presenting and analyzing  all dimensions that  "Blue Growth»  has for our country, especially  in times of economic crisis and substantial reforms in spatial and urban planning and coastal zone management . The title of the meeting "Integrated development through land-sea interaction: dimensions and perspectives of blue growth in Greece" clearly shows  the emphasis on unfolding the territorial  potential  of coastal areas and stressing the interest on the maritime dimension of   Europe 2020 Strategy by using the triptych of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The event, through a series of thematic priorities and documentation by specialists and experts, aims at highlighting  the forms of land-sea interaction as elements of integrated coastal zone management and development, also in response to the need for an effective Maritime Spatial Planning that is expected to be formed in the coming years in the context of the European Blue Growth strategy and the Territorial Agenda of the EU 2020. According to the Territorial Agenda

Maritime activities are essential for territorial cohesion in Europe......... The Marine Strategy Framework Directive and EU Integrated Maritime Policy call for coordinated actions from Member States on maritime spatial planning. Such planning should be integrated into the existing planning systems to enable harmonious and sustainable development of a land-sea continuum.’ 

Why  Piraeus  ?

The selection of Piraeus as the reception area of this event was designed to highlight its importance for both our country and  Europe  as well.  Besides, Piraeus, the largest port in Greece and one of the most important Mediterranean ports will host the European Maritime Day on May 2015.

This meeting is expected to become a forerunner of the European Maritime Day in all Blue Growth issues. Thus different stakeholders are invited to attend the meeting, public and private bodies, as well as experts and researchers in relevant matters.

All aspects of "Blue Growth" will be presented, analyzed and discussed and  conclusions  will be published  in a collective electronic volume (e-book) that will be disseminated  to policy makers.

The meeting has been placed under the auspices of : 1. The Hellenic Ministry of Marine and Aegean 2. the Hellenic Ministrty of Tourism 3. The Piraeus Port Authority , 4. The Decentralized Administration of the Aegean and 5.the Municipality of Piraeus

For further information please download the relevant document here !

See also the the Programme of the Meetings here : 

1. in english : Agenda (EN, DOCX)  and Agenda (EN, PDF)

2. in greek : Αgenda ( EL, DOCX) and Agenda (EL,PDF) 

 

and download the poster of the event here ! 

 

Stay informed about ESPONontheRoad activities through its facebook 

Registration : In order to participate in the Event an online registration is needed. Please REGISTER HERE ! 

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Read also : Report from the ESPON Open Seminar in Nafplion - Greece, 4 and 5 June 2014 in the framework of the Greel Presidency to the EU Council