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Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, a modern Greek city, is the second biggest city of Greece. The city is built in the beach of homonym gulf, in the wider marine region of Thermaikoy gulf. Thessaloniki is the centre of Northern Greece, capital of Macedonia. It is found in a separate geographic place with direct connection to the all directions and it constitutes crossroad where the countries of Western Europe met the new states of Central and Eastern Europe. Thessaloniki is named after the half-sister of Alexander the Great and was build around 315 B.C. Also during the Byzantine time it was the second biggest city of the Byzantium empire. The city’s age is now over 2.300 years. As the second largest city of the Modern Greek State, since 1912, it has continued to enjoy steady growth and development With three large universities, industrial and manufacture areas, refinery settlements, a harbour, a railway station, an airport and a population of over 1,500,000, Thessaloniki presents a linear coastal front of over 50 km.

In Thessaloniki the labour market participation of the older workers depends very much on job opportunities in a context of high unemployment and low overall labour demand. These factors are driving local policy makers to promote older worker re-entry, employability and adaptability through lifelong learning schemes, qualification and direct hiring, that is, by devoting a share of the new job openings to unemployed people over 50. Direct hiring by the municipality is deemed necessary to foster local economy by supporting incomes as well as to re-activate older people into social life. Training courses for the elderly unemployed are also provided at both the local and national level and are mostly financed by national and EU funds. Thessaloniki provides institutional care to elderly people through day or community centres. Elderly care and active social life are promoted through KAPIs, which are community centres devoted to older people organization of free time and social contacts. The municipality expects to share experience in the field of job activation and long term care, with a special focus on policy experiences relating to ensuring the financial sustainability of institutional long term care.

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