ADDMA: Athens Development and Destination Management Agency.

The Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA) is a Government Organization and the Development Agency for the Municipality of Athens. It was established in 1996 in order to advance and promote the City of Athens as a business and tourism destination. The main mission of the Agency is to make Athens the most innovative and attractive year-round city destination city in Southern Europe for citizens, visitors, professionals and investors alike. The Municipality of Athens is the Agency’s majority shareholder. Other shareholders are the Association of Municipalities in Attica, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the University of Athens, the National Technical University of Athens, and the Local Government Insurance Agency, Athens Vocational Training Center.

In order to achieve this, the Agency supports the strategic and investment priorities of the Municipality and the City of Athens, attracts funding resources and implements actions that positively impact those who live, visit and work in Athens. Through the engagement with local and private stakeholders the Agency designs and implements programs and projects that contribute to social, business and urban development. Special focus is given on supporting the Municipality to achieve its agenda with the involvement of a core team of economists, urban planners, policymakers and specialists. Furthermore, a pressing matter for the city is the incorporation of circular economy’s aspects to the daily operation of the city. The latter is achieved via incorporating innovative ways to promote public health by encouraging active participation of universities, research organizations and policy makers to its initiatives and projects.

To improve the quality of life for citizens and visitors within the city of Athens, ADDMA creates opportunities for business development, introduces innovative services, through cooperation with governmental and non-governmental organizations from Greece and abroad and develops new tools for urban impact assessment in support of air quality and climate change governance in the EU. In this framework, the Agency is adamant to improve urban health and well-being. Complementary, some of the latest and more significant achievements for the city of Athens is the award of the 1st for Athens “Urban Innovative Action” under the thematic category of Integration of migrants and refugees, as well as the 1st place for the capital of Athens in the European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) in 2018.

Municipality of Athens.

The department of cleaning and recycling of the Municipality of Athens is the a guest collaborator in this project. The cleaning department is made up of 2400 front-line workers who focus on keeping the city of Athens clean. Specifically, 600 urban cleaners work 365 days a year in three shifts, regardless of weather conditions. That means they are exposed to biological hazards as well as traffic pollution constantly. They cover distances of 3-4 Km daily which can make them more susceptible to body strain and physical injuries. The department of sanitation and recycling of Athens has the legal responsibility to give personal protective equipment and to provide access to an Occupational doctors and Security technicians, both of which follow the European directives for Health & Safety issues. 

Prolepsis Institute.

Prolepsis Institute, a civil non for profit organization, was established in 1990 in Athens. With a strong belief in health being a fundamental right, Prolepsis Institute has undertaken a leading role in the field of public health, by designing and implementing initiatives on various health issues and in different sectors (e.g. education, workplace) targeting a wide range of population groups, such as children and adolescents, women, migrants, and the elderly, and different types of occupational groups, such as health professionals, as well as policy makers, other NGOs and decision makers.

Prolepsis Institute has participated, as a coordinator or partner, in approx. 60 EU co-funded and numerous national projects implementing research, applied and educational initiatives, aiming at health promotion and education of the public, policy change and tackling health inequalities. Their human resources consists of a multi-disciplinary experienced team of physicians, health promotion and communication specialists, statisticians, psychologists, sociologists, economists, nutritionists, food technologists, each of which undertake distinct roles in the Institute’s projects. Moreover, the Institute encourages interdisciplinary and international co-operation, creating networks of collaboration, not only in Greece, but also in Europe and the USA.

Center for Social Innovation.

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a Research and Development organization, which focuses on fostering social innovation that can bring about positive change to local, national, regional, and global entities. These entities include but are not limited to governments, local administrative agencies, non-for-profit agencies, commercial entities, and educational institutions. The CSI team is composed of open-minded, fully equipped researchers, entrepreneurs, project managers, trainers, and Information Technology Developers. CSI encompasses the capability and capacity to identify social needs, design and implement adjusted initiatives, and provide for sustainable growth. The CSI team’s areas of expertise are in the fields of traditional education and e-learning, entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation, creativity, negotiations, IP advisory services, social responsibility, business advisory solutions, data analytics, information technologies, project management, project evaluation services, product validation, training, and computer gaming. CSI draws know-how and skills from its wide global network which includes academic institutions, IT companies, public services, international organizations, start-ups, and public services.

VEDA: Varna Economic Development Agency.

Varna Economic Development Agency (VEDA) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental association, registered to operate for the public benefit. It is located within the territory of Varna District in Bulgaria. The Agency was established in 1997 under the joint program Local Government Initiative of Varna Municipality and the USAID to assist in the advancement of regional economic development. VEDA aims to provide leadership for the establishment of conditions for sustainable social and economic development of Varna and the extended region. The Agency supports building the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises through impartial information provision, consulting services and training. VEDA promotes networking and improvement of the local employment opportunities, including for young people.

IKM Pro Sakowska, Michałowska, Łyszkiewicz Spółka Jawna.

We are a group of partners with extended and diverse experience in European Projects and EU Institutions (e.g. the European Parliament). We have not only participated, but also coordinated, projects co-funded from several funding organizations: Second Health Programme of the European Union 2008-2013, Erasmus+, Seventh Framework Programme, Interreg Central Europe, Interreg Baltic Sea Region, Norway Grants, Swiss Contribution, Regional Operational Programme of Lodzkie Region.

Our experience covers various aspects of projects realization: application, implementation and reporting both in merit-based (technical) and administrative (financial management and reporting) dimensions. Additionally, our team has experience in providing analysis, evaluation and recommendation services for different stakeholders. Since we are a start-up company, we do not have a rich portfolio of initiatives realized under IKM Pro label, however members of our team led projects such as:

H-COM – “Health Communication Training for Health Professionals”, Erasmus+
e-CAPACIT8 – “Strengthening occupational health professionals’ capacities to improve the health of the ageing workforces”, DG SANCO 2nd Health Programme of the EU 2008-2013.
PROMOVAX – Promote vaccinations among migrant populations in Europe”, DG SANCO 2nd Health Programme of the EU 2008-2013.
Healthy Boost  – “Boosting cross-sectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing in the cities”, Urban labs for better health for all in the Baltic Sea Region, Interreg Baltic Sea Region.

Municipality of Andrano.

The Municipality of Andrano is a Public Authority with a focus on all fields related to the citizens’ health and social needs. We are involved in  initiatives around culture, the environment, sports, urbanization, public works among others. The Municipality has a total of 30 employees; all of whom are deeply concerned in Andrano’s traditions and actively participate in activities and initiatives that the Public Authority leads. The Municipality of Andrano manages, via an external company, a waste collection service and has put forward plans to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the workplace. 

The town of Andrano has 4734 inhabitants and is located in the southeastern part of the Salento peninsula, 45 km from the province of Lecce. It is famous for three seaside resorts: the Green Cave, the Botte Zone and Port Area. On the territory there is the Comprehensive Institute, a Municipal Library, two inclusive parks, two football fields and an oratory. Andrano offers opportunities for manufacturing and tourism development in a sustainable way that is respectful towards the environment, as is evident by its action and programs towards protection of its large territories. Since 2006, part of the municipal territory of Andrano found at the east-coast of Solento, co-joined Parco Costa Otranto – Santa Maria di Leuca and Bosco di Tricase to safeguard the rich architectural heritage and environmental habitat of endemic animal and plant species.