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  • Engage in Climate

    Project IDEA: ‘Engage in Climate: Promoting Behavioral Change and Civic Engagement in Climate Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience’


    We look for: Coastal medium sized cities in priority (in coastal areas, and/or on islands)

    Interested city partners: Termoli, Italy, Skive Denmark, Pointe à Pitre Guadeloupe France, Nin Croatia, The Azores region Portugal, and Sardegna region Italy.


    Total Budget : 850 000 Euros. Cofunding rate: 95% for IPA countries, 80% for less developed regions, 70% for transition regions and 60% for more developed regions. -


    Please contact:, +32 497 578270


    Cities generate about 70% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and, at the same time, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.


    Cities are at the forefront of climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience hosting high density populations and can have more casualties in case of climate related disasters (floods and heat waves). Cities are built in concrete/cement and other hard construction materials keeping heat and are therefore also particularly exposed to the ‘heat-island effect’ during the summertime. They are often in the vicinity of rivers and are exposed to floods, droughts and are operating close to citizens and end-users. Cities of all sizes thus play a pivotal role in adaptation and mitigation measures, and in finding sustainable solutions for accelerating the green transition at local level. Cities are important actors as they host critical infrastructure e.g., RE, energy and water plants, transport, waste handling services and public institutions, and are faced with detrimental impacts in case of disruptions.


    In terms of energy, cities are responsible for 75% of energy consumption and are therefore at the forefront of both climate adaptation and climate mitigation. As cities across Europe are hit by climate change and energy crisis, they are faced by an urgent need to accelerate the overall green transition at a local level. Cities operating close to civic society also hold the seeds for finding and developing best practice solutions for promoting behavioral change and applying efficient methods to engage and ensure strong civic involvement and engagement in the green transition. Furthermore, cities can play a vital role as a facilitator of cross-cutting cooperation and energy communities.


     “Alerting citizens about climate disasters risks and how to prevent them can be one of the key points.’’ Environmental climate disasters can indeed lead to social injustice and create local conflicts. The lack of participation can also bring the adoption of inappropriate solutions or solutions that are not easily being implemented, hence endangering an effective implementation of highly needed local climate mitigation and adaption measures delaying climate neutrality. The project will create an exchange on how to engage with residents, communities and the private sector in resilience, climate adaptation and mitigation.


    To reach EU’s ambitious climate goals and ensure successful implementation of local energy and climate action plans and maximize the potential of CO² emission reductions, it is vital to develop targeted action plans and adopt best practices and tools for promoting behavioral change and civic engagement in climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience at local level.

    Civic engagement describes how individuals become involved in their community to make a positive difference in the lives of their fellow citizens. Civic engagement or civic participation is any individual or group activity addressing issues of public concern. Civic engagement includes communities working together or individuals working alone in both political and non-political actions to protect public values or make a change in a community. The goal of civic engagement is to address public concerns and promote the quality of the community. Citizen initiatives can be effective and powerful when it comes to taking control over their living environment and activating others, varying from fellow citizen to institutional actors. This makes them important actors in governance. Citizens are very capable of initiating inspiring developments, putting in little financial capital but a great deal of energy and social, human and social capital. How do government organizations and institutions value and use this form of softer capital and how can we simulate citizen engagement?

    Many cities have already adopted local climate and energy action plans, however without also ensuring and generating strong local commitment and civic engagement to support the implementation of the proposed measures at all levels of society and across levels, proposed measures may prove insufficient or in vain.  Cities thus play a pivotal role by leading the way to climate neutrality and ensuring that no one is left behind.


    While cities try to sensitize and raise residents’ awareness to the different issues of climate change and involve them in the decision-making process, targeted action plans focusing on tools and methods for effective involving citizens in the overall implementation of local climate plans, are needed.

    The project ‘Engage in Climate’ will create dialogues on how to tackle the fight against heat waves and prevent floods, and how cities can lead the way in the green transition, promoting behavioral change, engaging, involving and mobilizing civic society, residents, communities and the private sector in resilience and climate adaptation and mitigation measures, ensuring that climate and energy action plans are effectively implemented and that no one are left behind.



    Pascaline GABORIT
    Comune di Termoli
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    Since ancient times, rivers have been the main communication routes (transportation of raw materials and products, transport of people and cultures, etc.) of inland cities. For this reason, many cities were developed mainly on river banks.

    "Thalwegs" (either streams, brooks or rivers) are the “meeting lines” of mountain masses, through which water flows, towards the deepest point of their bed. This fact produces fertile places throughout the whole period of the year, even without the evidence of existing water. With the benefits they offer, in the preservation and evolution of circle of life, they achieve in the most natural way, union (interconnection) of areas, even if they belong to different geographical regions.

    Unfortunately, however, in the logic of unrestrained commercialization and exploitation of all the "voids" of a city, of abandonment and obsolescence, which in many periods of time have prevailed (or, better, prevailed until recently), the riverside areas of many cities have remained undeveloped, functioning as elements of urban and peri-urban fragmentation.

    Urban rivers can have multiple effects, sometimes positive and sometimes negative:

    • are natural barriers to smooth and integrated urban expansion,
    • act as connection zones, removing the effects of fragmentation of the urban fabric,
    • are "bridges" connecting the urban units on both sides of their bed,
    • constitute separation zones dividing different land uses,
    • function as routes to explore the city and its history,
    • are "gateways" of communication and transport, especially for inland cities.

    In recent years, many cities and towns are redefining their relationship with their natural environment and in particular with the water element, transforming industrial and abandoned riverside areas primarily into new extrovert public spaces but also, secondarily, into residential zones, with respect towards and in interaction with the wider environment, realizing the environmental, social, aesthetic and economic benefits brought about by the integrated development planning of these riverside areas. In such areas, networks of walking routes or cycle paths can be developed that can also function as emergency corridors, areas for mild recreation, events, rest, revitalization, urban cultivation, and even gathering in cases of danger (e.g. earthquake), to act as fireproof zones etc.; and all these, in the context of an integrated urban planning.

    The proposal of the Network "OVERCOME THE BARRIERS – CITIES RE-DISCOVER THEIR RIVERS" aims to highlight and utilize the riverside areas of cities with common - if possible - characteristics so that rivers once again acquire an important role in daily life and the image of city and play an important role in "green" and "sustainable" urban revitalization, addressing an integrated plan of interventions in all aspects: housing, economic development, innovation, culture and heritage, urban design, enviromental protection and upgrade.

    We wish, through study, consultation with society's actors (stakeholders) and the utilization of experiences from good practices, to create comprehensive action plans for integrated urban revitalization through the utilization of rivers and riverside areas in our cities.

    Throughout the project’s implementation we plan to extensively consult and interact with local stakeholders and relevant academic institutions and practicioners in the field of urban design, through a participatory bottom-up approach. We also intend to use holistic approaches towards the final deliverable, which will be an Integrated Action Plan which will ensure sustainable urban development.

    In accordance with the URBACT’s guidelines and methodology we intend to develop the proposed Network around the following five pillars:

    1. Urban planning
    2. Economy
    3. Social cohesion
    4. Quality of life
    5. Governance

    We have already come to agreement with the Municipality of Malbork (Poland) and we are in advanced discussions with other Municipalities towards the formation of the Network.

    Although our experience from previous successful implementation of various URBACT APNetworks is high, unfortunately due to institutional and technical current obstacles we are not able to apply as a Lead Partner in the proposed Network. We are looking for Project Partners and for a Lead Partner for this innovative and promising Network.

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  • Ημερίδα Ενημέρωσης του Εθνικού Σημείου Επαφής URBACT

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    Εθνικό Σημείο Επαφής URBACT Ελλάδας-Κύπρου

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    Η νέα χρονιά σηματοδοτεί την έναρξη του νέου προγράμματος εδαφικής συναργασίας URBACT IV το οποίο φιλοδοξεί να ενώσει ακόμη περισσότερες πόλεις και να μεταλαμπαδεύσει ακόμη περισσότερες καλές πρακτικές από άκρη σε άκρη της Ευρώπης. 

    Με την έλευση του νέου έτους ανακοινώθηκε η νέα πρόσκληση για σχηματισμό δικτύων Action Planning Networks η οποία ουσιαστικά αποτελεί την πρώτη από τις ευρωπαϊκές προσκλήσεις που απευθύνονται σε δήμους για την προγραμματική περίοδο 2021-2027.

    Μέσα στο πλαίσιο της ευρύτερης ενημέρωσης και επικοινωνίας της πρόσκλησης, το Εθνικό Σημείο Επαφής URBACT για την Ελλάδα και την Κύπρο, διοργανώνει την Τρίτη 17 Ιανουαρίου 2023 μία ενημερωτική ημερίδα που απευθύνεται σε όσους ενδιαφέρονται να βοηθήσουν την πόλη τους στη βιώσιμη αστική ανάπτυξη, να ενημερωθούν για ευρωπαϊκά προγράμματα εδαφικής συνεργασίας, να μάθουν από παραδείγματα άλλων ευρωπαϊκών πόλεων και γενικά σε όσους θέλουν να είναι ενεργοί πολίτες.

    Η ημερίδα θα λάβει χώρα στο Μουσείο Ιστορίας του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών (Θόλου 5, Πλάκα) και η ώρα προσέλευσης είναι 10:00 π.μ.

  • The town fairy

    Grevena is a town in the less-developed Region of Western Macedonia, Greece. The town's current population is 13.374 citizens while the municipality's permanent population is 25.905 (2011).

    One of the challenges faced by our town and Region is the ageing and decrease of the population. We wish to retain our active population, and attract new residents, if possible, based on the promotion and utilization of its rich natural and cultural environment. For this we are trying to cater to the needs of families and their children.

    Research by the United Nations shows that cities do not meet the needs of young people and their families (United Nations, 2016). According to the United Nations definition of "Child-friendly city" is a city, town, community or any system of local government that is committed to improving the lives of children under their jurisdiction by upholding their rights." In practice, it refers to a city or community in which children's voices, needs, priorities and rights are an integral part of public policies, programs and decisions ("What is a child-friendly city?," n.d.).

    Among the defining criteria of the child-friendly urban environment is the possibility of Child Independent Mobility (CIM) and active mobility of children, as one of their "well-being" factors.

    The size and urban form of the city favor the encouragement of mild forms of movement and especially walking.

    A key aspect of our development strategy is to promote mild forms of tourism and recreation. Thus emphasis is placed on the promotion of the city's relationship with the water element (Grevenitis River crossing the town) as well as on the overall improvement of the urban environment and mobility through integrated urban planning actions.

    On that matter we wish to learn from other cities on practices regarding application of human and children-centered planning in small-sized cities.

    Of great importance is the way to engage our stakeholders, the citizens and especially children in order to uptake mild forms of movement and to increase the livelihood of the public spaces (“living” spaces). Furthermore we aspire to reconfigure public spaces in more suitable forms for developing children activities, i.e. to create a fairy tale theme park.

    This ambition is linked to the "Mushroom Park" one of the most popular spots in the city of Grevena for sports, entertainment and events, where recently the Municipality placed colorful and imaginative board and floor games, dedicated to young citizens. In addition, there will be created a playground for people with disabilities.

    Our project idea is linked to SDG 17 and target 11.7 to provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.

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  • Resourceful Cities

    LEAD PARTNER : The Hague - Netherlands
    • Mechelen - Belgium
    • Patras - Greece
    • Ciudad Real - Spain
    • Zagreb - Croatia
    • Oslo - Norway
    • Vila Nova de Famalicao - Portugal
    • Bucharest 3rd district - Romania
    • Cáceres - Spain
    • Opole - Poland


    • Phase 1: Kick-Off Meeting 1, The Hague 3-4 Oct 2019


    • Phase 1: Kick-Off Meeting 2, Mechelen 12-14 Feb 2020
    • Phase 2: Kick-Off Transnational meeting 1, online 7-8 Jul 2020
    • Phase 2: City-to-City Session *Scoping the eco system* 9 Sep 2020
    • URBACT e-University 15 Sep - 8 Oct 2020
    • Transnational meeting 2 *Stimulating Collaboration* 25-26 Nov 2020
    • City-to-City Session *Scaling up local circular economy* 14 Dec 2020
    • Transnational meeting 3 *The role of the city* 27-28 Jan 2021
    • City-to-City Session *Circular Economy and territorial food systems* 18 Feb 2021
    • Transnational meeting 4 *Education, Awareness & Engagement* 30-31 March 2021
    • Transnational meeting 5 *Funding, Monitoring & Risk Assessment * 29-30 June 2021

    RESOURCEFUL CITIES is an URBACT Action Planning Network of ten European cities. This project seeks to develop the next generation of urban resource centres, so they can serve as catalysts of the local circular economy, by adopting a participative and integrated approach. The resource centres strive to promote the positive economic, environmental and social impacts, notably for the circular economy. Thus, the network facilitates waste prevention, reuse, repair and recycling. The centres also work as connection points for citizens, new businesses, researchers and the public sector to co-create new ways to close resource loops at the local level. By bringing together interested actors to work alongside, the goal is to promote the change of values and mindset.

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  • Guidelines for cities to evolve into a Bee Path City

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    XS guidelinesWe developed guidelines – tools for cities that would like to evolve into a Bee Path City. There is a short edition “Evolving into a Bee Path City” (issued in 2022) where we summarise all key aspects of our transfer journey. It is meant to encourage new cities to follow our steps and, hopefully, read the full version of the guidelines. With special support of URBACT it was translated into 12 languages.


    guidelinesFull guidelinesThe evolution steps toward a Bee-friendly city’” (issued in 2020) is a comprehensive almost five times thicker manual for urban authorities that would like to take action on sustainable environment and biodiversity management that is based on pollinator protection. It is available just in English.


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    In addition to Ljubljana’s (Slovenia) practice of urban beekeeping and its ‘Bee Path’ the full guidelines contain case studies and inspiring examples from five BeePathNet project partners cities (2018 – 2021; Amarante, Portugal; Bydgoszcz, Poland; Cesena, Italy; Hegyvidek, XII District of Budapest, Hungary and Nea Propontida, Greece). In the shortened pocket addition we added short information on activities of additional four BeePathNet Reloaded project partner cities (2021 – 2022; Bansko, Bulgaria; Bergamo, Italy; Osijek, Croatia and Sosnowiec, Poland).


    - Evolving into a Bee Path City – short guidelines (EN, SI, BG, DE, EL, ES, FR, HR, HU, IT, PL, PT)*

    - The evolution steps toward a Bee-friendly city’ - Full guidelines (EN)

    - Bee Path Cities Philosophy (EN, SI, BG, EL, FR, HR, HU, IT, PL, PT) 

    Comments: In addition to the English and Slovenian language version the short guidelines and the Bee Path Cities Philosophy will be available in several other EU languages by mid-December.


    If your city is seeking to understand, adapt and re-use the inspiring ‘Bee Path’ practice of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and other principles described in the guidelines, then the next step is for you to join the Bee Path Cities network. It was launched in October 2022 to continue the exchange and learning opportunities for cities beyond URBACT support. It is now open to all urban authorities in Europe and across the world. Find out more on


  • BeePathNet Reloaded Transfer Network Meeting in Sosnowiec

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    The fourth thematic transfer meeting took place in September 2022 in Sosnowiec, Poland and focused on new products and services. Partners from Ljubljana, Bansko, Bergamo and hosts from Sosnowiec meet in person, and partners from Croatia participated virtually.


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    The partner city representatives were greeted by Anna Jedynak, Mayor’s Plenipotentiary for External Funds and Social Matters. She highlighted important accomplishment directly resulting from this project such as 20 URBACT local group members deeply involved in environmental protection, establishment of a biodiversity park, also new municipality legislation on beekeeping, implemented educational programme and several new products. The city of Sosnowiec is already introducing these solutions across Poland. In her opinion the best impact of this project is a change in Sosnowiec citizens behaviour and their way of thinking.

    Partners presented the progress they made with their Bee Paths and how they deal with new products in their cities. Bansko (Bulgaria) and Osijek (Croatia) are focusing on marketing aspects. Bansko, wants to introduce bee products such as honey, pollen, wax … in different forms. One of their most unusual products is a tea made of dead bees as a source of different microelements, acids and chitosan. The city of Osijek highlighted good marketing possibilities of honey vinegar and their intention to promote apitherapy as a rather unknown service in Croatia. Bergamo (Italy), a UNESCO site of gastronomy, successfully established synergies among beekeepers and cheese producers. They matched their nine special types of cheese, protected with EU label Protected geographic origin, with regionally specific honey types. On the other side, Sosnowiec focuses on awareness raising. They encourage restaurants to use honey in cooking, organised various pollinators and environment protection related events and celebrations with an excellent citizens response, awareness building for children in Zaglebie Media Library … They also made a bee mascot.

    This meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the final outputs that need to be produced as well as the work on partner’s mid to long-term urban beekeeping plans. One of the most important aspects of the meeting was the finalisation of preparations for the network final conference and launch of the Bee Path Cities network which will occur at the same time. In discussion on issues related to the future the first five partner cities representatives (BeePathNet) also joined us via zoom.

    The most inspiring part of the meeting was the visit of the Sosnowiec Bee Path where we learnt of different approaches the city employs to bring bees closer to residents. In the Katowice special economic zone, Agnieszka Glińska (Anna Kopka) of the Sosnowiec and Dabrowa subzone presented their work, which was followed by a presentation by Bożena Wroniszewska-Drabek from Humanitas University on how to use marketing support for new products. Among the points visited were Sielecki Castle, Schoen Museum, Zaglebie Media Library, Honey Comb Charity Shop, Museum of Medicine and Pharmacy and many more.

  • BluAct Final Event

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    BluAct URBACT 2nd wave Final Event took place in Piraeus, 7+8 December 2022.

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    It was an amazing trip! We learned a lot from each other and now we are more ready to bring sustainable solutions to our cities! The last 2 days of BluAct we said goodbye to our good partners and friends, but we are all sure that we will meet again, in our common paths of starting up the Blue Economy! You can find all the material (photos, presentations, live videos, etc) online at:

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  • Γνωρίζοντας τον νέο Διευθυντή Γραμματείας του URBACT

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    Με σπουδές στις πολιτικές επιστήμες και στη δημόσια διοίκηση, ο Teofil εργάστηκε επί 11 χρόνια για την κυβέρνηση της Ρουμανίας στο Υπουργείο Μεταφορών και στο Υπουργείο Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης. Στο υπουργείο, ήταν διευθυντής για εννέα χρόνια, προϊστάμενος των εργασιών που πραγματοποιήθηκαν για τον χωροταξικό σχεδιασμό, τις εδαφικές και αστικές πολιτικές και την εδαφική συνεργασία. Πιο πρόσφατα, εργάστηκε ως επικεφαλής της μονάδας διοίκησης και διαχείρισης στο ESPON EGTC - τον μοναδικό δικαιούχο του προγράμματος ESPON. Επί έξι χρόνια ήταν υπεύθυνος για τη διαχείριση του προϋπολογισμού, τις δημόσιες συμβάσεις, την υποβολή εκθέσεων και τις διοικητικές δραστηριότητες.

    Είχαμε την ευκαιρία να συνομιλήσουμε με τον Teofil, και να ανακαλύψουμε τα οράματά του!

    Πώς πιστεύετε ότι το URBACT ξεχωρίζει στο αστικό τοπίο της ΕΕ;

    Τα τελευταία χρόνια, η αστική ανάπτυξη αποτελεί καυτό θέμα στις ατζέντες της ΕΕ και των κρατών μελών. Από αυτή την άποψη, το URBACT έχει αποκτήσει μια σταθερή φήμη ως πρόγραμμα της ΕΕ, προσφέροντας οφέλη στις πόλεις από το 2002. Οι ενδιαφερόμενοι σε ευρωπαϊκό, εθνικό και τοπικό επίπεδο είναι βέβαιοι για την ικανότητα του προγράμματος να εξασφαλίζει στις πόλεις τη σχετική υποστήριξη κατά την αντιμετώπιση των διαφόρων προκλήσεων.

    Η προσέγγιση "από κάτω προς τα πάνω" είναι το κλειδί για να εξασφαλιστεί η δυνατότητα των πόλεων να συνεργαστούν σε όποια θέματα θεωρούν πιο σημαντικά. Αυτός είναι ο λόγος για τον οποίο η μέθοδος URBACT - δηλαδή η συμμετοχική και ολοκληρωμένη προσέγγιση μαζί με την προσανατολισμένη στη δράση ανταλλαγή και μάθηση - έχει αποδειχθεί αποτελεσματικός τρόπος προκειμένου οι πόλεις να  ενισχύσουν τις γνώσεις και τις δεξιότητές τους για να δράσουν.

    Επιπλέον, η εξατομικευμένη υποστήριξη που παρέχεται σε όλους τους εταίρους των εγκεκριμένων δικτύων από τη Γραμματεία του URBACT μέσω δραστηριοτήτων ανάπτυξης ικανοτήτων και γνώσεων, είναι μια ιδιαιτερότητα του προγράμματος και ένας σημαντικός λόγος που έχει επιτύχει!



    Teofil Gherca

    Εντός της επόμενης προγραμματικής περιόδου, ποια είναι τα βασικά θέματα και εργαλεία στα οποία πρέπει να δώσει προσοχή και να αξιοποιήσει το URBACT;

    Σκοπεύουμε να αξιοποιήσουμε όσα έκαναν εξ αρχής το URBACT ένα επιτυχημένο πρόγραμμα. Αυτός είναι και ο λόγος για τον οποίο λέμε ότι το νέο πρόγραμμα αποτελεί εξέλιξη και όχι επανάσταση, ενώ παράλληλα περιλαμβάνει ορισμένες καινοτομίες. Στόχος μας είναι το URBACT να αγκυροβοληθεί καλύτερα στη συνολική προσφορά της ΕΕ για τη στήριξη της βιώσιμης αστικής ανάπτυξης. Οι πυλώνες του νέου προγράμματος είναι οι ίδιοι με το προηγούμενο πρόγραμμα: συνεργασία μέσω της δικτύωσης των πόλεων, ανάπτυξη ικανοτήτων και ανταλλαγή γνώσεων. Φυσικά, παραμένουμε ένα πρόγραμμα "από κάτω προς τα πάνω", που ακούει και ανταποκρίνεται στις ανάγκες που εντοπίζουν οι κύριοι δικαιούχοι μας, δηλαδή οι πόλεις όλων των μεγεθών.

    Μεταξύ των καινοτομιών, έχουμε ως στόχο να επιτύχουμε τον εξ ορθολογισμό τριών διατομεακών αρχών: ισότητα φύλων, πράσινη οικονομία και ψηφιακός μετασχηματισμός. Όλα τα έργα θα πρέπει να ενσωματώνουν, με προσαρμοσμένο τρόπο, αυτές τις αρχές και θα παρέχουμε μεθοδολογικές κατευθυντήριες γραμμές και εξατομικευμένη υποστήριξη στα δίκτυα για να το επιτύχουν. Προσβλέπουμε επίσης στην ενίσχυση της συνεργασίας και των συνεργειών μας με την Ευρωπαϊκή Αστική Πρωτοβουλία, όσον αφορά τις δραστηριότητες ανάπτυξης ικανοτήτων και γνώσεων. Η συνεργασία των εθνικών σημείων επαφής του URBACT και των εθνικών σημείων επαφής της Ευρωπαϊκής Αστικής Πρωτοβουλίας είναι απαραίτητη, για να εξασφαλιστεί ότι οι δυνητικοί δικαιούχοι θα έχουν σαφή εικόνα για την ευρεία προσφορά της ΕΕ όσον αφορά τη στήριξη της βιώσιμης αστικής ανάπτυξης και τις ιδιαιτερότητες των διαφόρων μέσων και προγραμμάτων.

    Επιπλέον, για πρώτη φορά θα μπορέσουμε να εντάξουμε επίσημα στο URBACT πόλεις από πέντε προ ενταξιακές χώρες. Ανυπομονούμε να συνεργαστούμε με τις εθνικές κυβερνήσεις, τις πόλεις και άλλους σχετικούς φορείς από τις χώρες αυτές, ώστε να μπορέσουμε να θέσουμε σε εφαρμογή την πιο κατάλληλη υποστήριξη που μπορεί να προσφέρει το URBACT για την ολοκληρωμένη ανάπτυξη στις νέες πόλεις.

    Ποιο είναι το όραμά σας για το μέλλον του URBACT;

    Προσωπικά, ελπίζω ότι το URBACT θα συνεχίσει να προσφέρει, για μεγάλο χρονικό διάστημα, την εξατομικευμένη υποστήριξη που παρείχε τόσο καλά τα τελευταία χρόνια. Οι ενδιαφερόμενες πόλεις θα πρέπει να βρουν την καλύτερη λύση σε σχέση με τις αστικές προκλήσεις που αντιμετωπίζουν, επωφελούμενες από το πρόγραμμα μέσω της συνεργασίας με ομότιμους, της βελτίωσης των ικανοτήτων και της αμοιβαίας μάθησης. Το URBACT θα πρέπει να είναι τόσο ευέλικτο και καινοτόμο όσο και οι πόλεις μας, παρέχοντάς τους την ευκαιρία να πειραματιστούν και να δοκιμάσουν δράσεις.

    Για το μέλλον, θα πρέπει επίσης να είμαστε σε θέση να βρούμε τα καλύτερα μέσα για να εξασφαλίσουμε συγκεκριμένη υποστήριξη σε σχέση με την παρακολούθηση της συνέχειας των οριστικοποιημένων δικτύων. Έτσι ώστε, οι πόλεις του URBACT να μπορούν να έχουν περισσότερα ολοκληρωμένα σχέδια δράσης που θα μετατρέπονται σε συγκεκριμένες δραστηριότητες και επενδύσεις. Επιπλέον, πρέπει να ανοίξουμε ακόμη περισσότερο το πρόγραμμα σε περισσότερες πόλεις όλων των μεγεθών και σε άλλα ενδιαφερόμενα μέρη που είναι φορείς αλλαγής - όπως ΜΚΟ, πανεπιστήμια, επιχειρηματίες και η νεολαία.

    Ποιο είναι το μήνυμά σας για τις πόλεις που σκέφτονται να υποβάλουν αίτηση στην επόμενη πρόσκληση του URBACT;

    Ενθαρρύνουμε όλες τις πόλεις να θέσουν τις προτεραιότητές τους και να οικοδομήσουν εταιρικές σχέσεις με αφοσιωμένους ανθρώπους. Όπως και στο παρελθόν, έτσι και τώρα το URBACT θα συνοδεύσει τα επιλεγμένα δίκτυα στο ταξίδι τους για να διασφαλίσει ότι η εμπειρία που θα έχουν θα προσφέρει προστιθέμενη αξία σε όλους τους πολίτες και τις περιοχές που συμμετέχουν στα χρηματοδοτούμενα έργα.

    Προετοιμαστείτε για να συμμετέχετε στην επόμενη πρόσκληση του URBACT για τα δίκτυα σχεδιασμού δράσεων στις αρχές του 2023! Μπορείτε ήδη να αρχίσετε να μοιράζεστε ιδέες και να αναζητήσετε συνεργάτες χρησιμοποιώντας το εργαλείο αναζήτησης συνεργατών!

    Με 17 χρόνια εμπειρίας σε έργα που χρηματοδοτούνται από την ΕΕ, στη διαχείριση προγραμμάτων και στη χάραξη πολιτικής, ο Teofil Gherca ανέλαβε επίσημα το ρόλο του διευθυντή της γραμματείας του URBACT.

    Γνωρίστε τον λίγο καλύτερα και μάθετε για το όραμά του για το μέλλον!

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  • Final conference: EU cities – good for BEES is good for PEOPLE, a transformation into green sustainable cities and launch of Bee Path Cities network

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    The final conference titled 'EU cities - good for BEES is good for PEOPLE, a transformation into green sustainable cities’ was the conclusion of the transfer of sustainable urban beekeeping knowledge from Ljubljana to nine EU cities (BeePathNet and BeePathNet Reloaded). The event that took place in Ljubljana (25th October 2022) joined residents of over 45 cities and 17 different countries worldwide either in person or virtually. It was also the official launch of the international network of Bee Path Cities – the movement that will continue to promote the vision of creating cities that are “good for pollinators and therefore good for people” beyond the project. Conference presentations and videos including the Philosophy of Bee Path Cities and guidelines for new cities to implement the movement are available on network web page.


    Final words of Maruška Markovčič Ljubljana BEE PATH’s initiator, the Queen Bee of urban beekeeping knowledge transfer and Bee Path Cities international network, from the City of Ljubljana:

    “I see this as a new beginning of new times!

    Everybody is a spokesperson. Take the Bee Path Cities Philosophy and invite cities to join.

    Thank you for swarming with us!”.





    The article is available in English and all 5 partner languages:


    Български, English, Hrvatski, Italiano, Polski, Slovenščina



    The final conference titled 'EU cities - good for BEES is good for PEOPLE, a transformation into green sustainable cities’ was the conclusion of a year and a half long journey of the BeePathNet Reloaded project. On the 25th October 2022 we met in hybrid form where we were joined by residents of over 45 cities and 17 different countries worldwide.

    The conference was opened with a welcome speech by Dejan Crnek, deputy mayor of the City of Ljubljana and Peter Kozmus, Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association and the vice president of Apimondia.  Maruška Markovčič, the project initiator and coordinator presented the journey from Ljubljana’s BEE PATH to the BeePathNet Reloaded partnership.

    In the following session eminent speakers Adele Bucella (URBACT), dr. Fani Hatjina (APIMONDIA) and dr. Danilo Bevk (National Institute of Biology) talked about different aspects of sustainable urban development. Participants then discussed different aspects of urban beekeeping with the aim of ensuring sustainable and environmentally friendly cities.

    After the break project partners from BeePathNet Reloaded presented the work they did on their bee paths and the challenges they faced. Ivan Doktorov (Bansko, Bulgaria), Mara Sugni (Bergamo, Italy), Helena Kolenić (Osijek, Croatia), Edyta Wykurz (Sosnowiec, Poland); and Branka Trčak and Nina Ilič (Ljubljana, Slovenia) all shared their experiences with the transfer of the good practice.

    All 9 cities, that transferred Ljubljana’s urban beekeeping good practice, obligated themselves to keep on implementing pollinators friendly activities also after the official project’s end and to spread the movement round Europe. To set the common understanding and role of this partnership, Vesna Erhart, network communication officer presented the key principles and aims of the Bee Path Cities international network philosophy. The network was officially launched by Nataša Jazbinšek Seršen, head of the department for environmental protection in the City of Ljubljana. With this all EU cities are invited to join the international network of Bee Path Cities and follow in founding members’ footsteps.

    In the round table all 9 partner cities (BeePathNet and BeepathNet Reloaded) presented the situation regarding pollinators and the effects the project had on their cities. It was moderated by Klemen Strmšnik, URBACT lead expert, and Ed Thorpe, URBACT expert and its key point was discussion of future plans at city level and common activities of the newly established network Bee Path Cities. In Ljubljana we were joined by Maruška Markovčič (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Attila Varga (Hegyvidek, 12th District of Budapest, Hungary), Elisavet Papoulidou (Nea Propontida, Greece), Tsvetanka Obetsanova (Bansko, Bulgaria), Mara Sugni (Bergamo, Italy), Helena Kolenić (Osijek, Croatia) and Edyta Wykurz (Sosnowiec, Poland). Joining us online were Justyna Olszewska (Bydgoszcz, Poland), Elena Giovannini (Cesena, Italy) and Ana Lirio (Amarante, Portugal).

    More info is available on the following webpages:


    Key final conference and BeePathNet Reloaded outputs:

    Comments: In addition to the English and Slovenian language version the short guidelines and the Bee Path Cities Philosophy will be available in several other EU languages by mid-December on the international network webpage


    Conference videos and presentations:

    You can choose between videos in English and Slovenian language. Link to the presentation is under speaker’s name.


    Welcome speech
    • Dejan Crnek, deputy mayor of the City of Ljubljana (EN, SI)
    • Peter Kozmus, Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association (EN, SI)
    • From Ljubljana’s BEE PATH to the BeePathNet Reloaded partnership. Maruška Markovčič, Ljubljana BEE PATH initiator and BeePathNet Reloaded project manager, City of Ljubljana (EN, SI)
    Sustainable Urban Development for Pollinators and Citizens
    • URBACT – the Honeypot for European Cooperation. Adele Bucella, Head of Unit in the URBACT programme secretariat (EN, SI)
    • How Urban Development Focusing on Nature can Help Humans and Bees; Examples and Lessons Learned; Dr. Fani Hatjina, the President of APIMONDIA’s Bee Health Scientific Commission and the ULG coordinator for Nea Propontida (EN, SI)
    • No Pollinator Diversity Means no Food Security. Dr. Danilo Bevk, researcher at the Department of Organisms and Ecosystems Research, National Institute of Biology (NIB) (EN, SI)
    • Discussion (EN, SI)
    Transfer of Ljubljana’s Good Practice on Urban Beekeeping to EU Cities (EN, SI)
    • Bansko Bee Path – Where Heritage meets Education. Ivan Doktorov, the Municipality of Bansko, Bulgaria
    • In Bergamo, Citizens and Institutions Act Together for a ‘Bee and Pollinator-Friendly’ City. Mara Sugni, Botanical Garden, the Municipality of Bergamo, Italy
    • The New Cradle of Beekeeping. Helena Kolenić, the Municipality of Osijek, Croatia
    • Bees for Dummies. Edyta Wykurz, the Municipality of Sosnowiec, Poland
    • Recent Evolution of Ljubljana’s Bee Path. Branka Trčak, the City of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    • Api-Education Programme in Ljubljana. Nina Ilič, Institute Eneja, Slovenia
    Bee Path Cities Philosophy and Bee Path Cities network launch (EN, SI)


    Vesna Erhart, network communication officer


    Maruška Markovčič, Ljubljana BEE PATH initiator and BeePathNet Reloaded project manager, City of Ljubljana


    Nataša Jazbinšek Seršen, head of Department for Environmental protection, City of Ljubljana


    Round table: Pollinators and Citizens – A Friendly Evolution of EU Cities (EN, SI)


    Moderator: Klemen Strmšnik, URBACT lead expert and Ed Thorpe, URBACT expert


    Representatives of Amarante (Portugal), Bansko (Bulgaria), Bergamo & Cesena (both Italy), Bydgoszcz & Sosnowiec (both Poland), Hegyvidek (Budapest, Hungary), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Nea Propontida (Greece) and Osijek (Croatia).


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