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NAME: "E.G.T.C. EFXINI POLI - NETWORK OF EUROPEAN CITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT" with the distinguished title "EGTC – Efxini Poli - SolidarCity NETWORK"
EGTC Efxini Poli – Network of European Cities for Sustainable development is the conversion of EFXINI POLI, a network of Greek local authorities aiming to advance its members’ social, cultural, environmental, touristic and agricultural development. In September 2012 EFXINI POLI changed into a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation with 23 members and precisely 17 Greek Local Authorities, the Region of Attica, The Institute of Urban Environment and Human Capital of Panteion University, two Local Authorities from Cyprus, one Bulgarian Local Authority and the Regional Agribusiness Centre of Vidin, Bulgaria. Through its networking activities, services and participation in numerous projects, EGTC Efxini Poli works towards greener, more dynamic and inclusive cities. EGTC Efxini Poli’s main concern is the issue of sustainability. The network aims to propose and implement gradually a comprehensive policy for social, cultural, tourist, environmental and agricultural sustainable development of the participating areas.
EGTC Efxini Poli works towards greener, more dynamic and inclusive cities.
Greece waste management picture and the role of EGTC EFXINI POLI
Waste management is one of the most complex environmental, political, legal and social issues in Greece.In recent years, significant progress has been accomplished, yet effort is still required to meet EU targets. According to Eurostat 82 per cent of municipal waste still goes to landfills, with a recycling rate of 17 per cent and just one per cent of organic waste composted. At the moment, no infrastructure for the separation at source and collection of bio-waste exists in Greece. Embarking on a long-term plan to overhaul their waste management practices, the members of EGTC Efxini Poli hope to profit from the know-how and experience gained through the EU funded projects. As the network is managed by mayors who have direct influence on regional/ local waste management and environmental policies, the results of ZEROWASTE PRO will find immediate application in the EGTC Efxini Poli member territories.
EGTC Efxini Poli’s Activities
EGTC Efxini Poli has 17 years of experience in European and national co-financed projects (among others: LEADER, LIFE, PIC EQUAL I, PIC EQUAL II, INTERREG IIIB MEDOCC, INTERREG IV C, MED 2007 -2013, SOUTHEAST EUROPE, LEONARDO DA VINCI). The association has operated as leader and partner organisation in projects on local, regional, national and European level across many different thematic fields: Environmental protection, dissemination of innovative technologies and know-how, improvement of mobility and territorial accessibility, fighting social exclusion, enhancing competitiveness, human rights, etc.