Municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni

The Municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni is one of the most beautiful areas of our country and the municipality in cooperation with state institutions, clubs and citizens playa a key role in helping to preserve the town’s the physiognomy and the same time to keep the city clean, protect the environment, establish sports and recreation facilities etc.

The Mayor represents the official state and cares for the excellent cooperation of all services with a view to the proper functioning of our city and a standard line services to citizens.

Our unique beauty of the city, requires our plan to protect, but also to be appropriate in all its aspects. The cleanliness and protection and green infrastructure has arguably surpassed all previous records.

And all this without falling behind in helping our fellow citizens in need, covering of crèches needs, helping the elderly and promoting culture.

Environmental Center for Development Education and Networking

The EDEN (Environmental center for Development Education and Networking) center is one of the most active organizations in Albania.

EDEN center is a nongovernmental, not politically oriented, not for profit organization aiming to contribute in a sustainable development and healthy environment through informing, educating and offering services in partnership with the interested actors.

EDEN believes that a sustainable development and a healthy environment is possible.

The organization is established in March 2004 drawing on the expert assistance received from Milieukontakt Oost Europa and has within its structure:
– A well established group of trainers who commit themselves in offering assistance and capacity building to its target groups;
– A group of Nature Guides which consist of young people prepared to offer guides and environmental education in nature;
– A youth group which consist of volunteers motivated and engaged for different project awareness with community;
– A resource centre with a diverse library with editorials and environmental information, which is created by centre’s staff, individual donation and partner’s contribution.

To complete its strategic mission and objectives, organization it focused in some strategic directions:
– Networking and effective partnership to influence decision-making, policy-making and public attention through a cooperative spirit between organizations;
– EDEN as provider of services and innovative approaches (environmentally friendly) within the territorial reform;
– EDEN active and exposed to undertake new themes with the participation of volunteers and natural guides;
– EDEN Brand enables and inspires relationships with partners and potential donors;
– EDEN is a major player in decision and policy making through environmental vigilance, advocacy and lobbying.

EDEN is focusing its work in four sectors:

– Capacity Building;
– Environmental Education;
– Environmental Management Practices;
– Public Information and Participation.

Municipality of Filadelfeia – Chalkidona

Filadelfeia-Chalkidona is a municipality in the Central Athens regional unit, Attica, Greece. The seat of the municipality is the town Nea Filadelfeia.The municipality has an area of 3.650 km2. The municipality was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 2 former municipalities, that became municipal units:
– Nea Chalkidona;
– Nea Filadelfeia.

Municipality of Limassol

The Municipality of Limassol which was established in 1878 is the largest Municipality in Cyprus, its population reaching 150.000 inhabitants. After the tragic events of 1974 it has progressed into one of the greatest commercial ports in theMediterranean, as well as one of the most important maritime, tourist, commercial and service centre in the wider region.

Limassol is today the business and financial centre of Cyprus with a large number of local and international companies surrounded by a further network of hotels, restaurants and other venues for entertainment and leisure. The city if therefore constantly in motion, developing even more.

It is important to mention that hundreds of shipping, as well as financial companies have their headquarters in Limassol. Today our city is the largest ship-management centre in the European Union.

What is extremely important for the city’s economy is that Limassol has always been a popular tourist destination, combining an organized coast with clear waters and wonderful hotels and generally a well organized tourist infrastructure.

It has a long and extensive history, as the first settlements of the city were established some 4000 years ago. It was always a natural harbour, with potable spring water, and surrounded by extensive agricultural plantations, chiefly comprising from grape vines and carob trees.

Limassol is additionally well known for a long cultural tradition. Visitors have the opportunity to experience a variety of cultural or other activities. In addition, they can visit museums and other archaeological locations around the city, which is an astonishing combination of ancient, Frankish, Byzantine, Ottoman and modern influence.

The Limassol Carnival is one of the most popular events organized by the Municipality. It has been a tradition of the city since the 1940s, even though it is dated back to the 19th century, attracting tenths of thousands of people every year, locals and visitors.

The Wine Festival is another great event organized by the Municipality of Limassol every year, which celebrates its 52th anniversary this year. It is not just any festival. It has been an institution for years, related to the city’s culture. It also promotes another main feature of Limassol, being the centre of the wine industry in Cyprus.

The Municipality has been making a great effort in order to put together various cultural events which take place around the year. It also encourages different cultural groups to be active and creative.

The Ballet Festival takes place every year in the Limassol Municipal Garden Theatre. It is one of the most important traditions, which offers the opportunity to watch some of the most famous ballets in the world along with other performances.

There are other centres such as the Municipal Music School, the Dance Centre and the Art Workshop. Other important cultural institutions are the Archives Museum, the Public Library, the Public Gallery and the Municipal Museum of Folk Art.

Limassol Municipality in cooperation with the Cyprus Theatre Organization has established the Pancyprian Theatrical Museum. What is more, the neighborhood of artists is now being organized. It will consist of all the art workshops in Limassol as well as a gallery where artists can present their work.

As far as theatres in Limassol are concerned the Municipal Garden Theatre and the Pattichion Municipal theatre are main features of the city. The latter is under renovation with contribution by the European Structural Funds. The Rialto Theatre significantly contributes to the theatrical tradition of Limassol along with Theatre One and the Limassol Theatrical Development Company.

The improvement of the sea front has brought the people of Limassol closer to the sea and also promoted the island character of the city. The widespread restoration of the pavements, the street overlay and the creation of more parks around the city are only a small preview of what it is soon to follow. Works within the city centre have finished by rebuilding streets and pavements, creating underground services and taking measures about traffic for the road safety of the pedestrians and cyclists.

Works for the new Garillis river park have also begun. New cycling and pedestrian paths will be created as well as entertainment and leisure venues. Additionally, works for the new seaside park are soon to end which also consists of cycling and pedestrian paths, as well as entertainment and leisure venues.

Other important projects are the regeneration of the old port into a modern fishing port and the construction of the new yachting marina.

The State University of Technology in Limassol has been the most important contribution to the development and stimulation of the city centre.

Municipality of Sofia

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and the biggest political, administrative, cultural and educational centre in the country, with a current population of 1,8 mln. inhabitants. Sofia Municipality is an administrative unit with a status of a region and divided into 24 districts, administered by local mayors. The main activities include: preservation of the environment, healthcare, social, educational and cultural activities for the citizens of Sofia.

The local authority is represented by the Sofia Municipal Council, a body of local self-government, and by the city’s Mayor who performs executive functions supported by the municipal administration. The Municipal Administration is divided into nine sectors with different spheres of activities, one of which is Green system, ecology and use of land.
The competence of Sofia Municipal Council is to adopt and implement strategies, programmes and plans on local issues concerning the sustainable development of the city.

Municipality of Tirana

Tirana is the capital and largest city of Albania and as well the heart of Albania’s cultural, economic and governmental activity. It is located on the western center of the country surrounded by hills with the Dajti Mountain on the east and a slight valley opening on the north-west overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the distance. The city is located some 700 kilometres (430 miles) north of Athens, 290 km (180 mi) west of Skopje, 250 km (160 mi) south-east of Pristina and 160 km (99 mi) south of Podgorica.

Tirana is a city with a rich history dating from the Paleolithic times back 10,000 to 30,000 years ago to the present day. The oldest settlement located in the area of the city was the Cave of Pellumbas, in today’s village of Pellumbas. As argued by various archaeologists, Tirana and its suburbs are filled with ancient Illyrian toponyms as its precincts are some of the earliest regions in Albania to be inhabited. One of the ancient monuments, the Tirana Mosaic is believed to have been part of a 3rd century ancient Roman house. Later, in the 5th and 6th centuries, a Paleo-Christian Basilica was built around this site. Tirana was founded as a city in 1614 although the area has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. An almost unimportant centre until the beginning of the 20th century, the Congress of Lushnjë proclaimed Tirana as the capital of Albania, which had acquired Independence in 1912.

Tirana is one of largest cities in the Balkan Peninsula ranking 7th with a population of 800,000 and the largest Albanian-speaking city in the world. The municipality, has a total population of 800,986. It is also the biggest Metropolitan area in Albania and the only one with a population of over 800.000. Being Albania’s primate city, Tirana is the leading political, social and cultural center of Albania. Almost all of the largest companies, media and scientific institutions have their headquarters in the city. The city is ranked in the Top 10 of the sunniest cities in Europe with a total of 2,544 hours of sun.

University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola, Faculty of Technology and Technical Sciences-Veles

The University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola is the second state university located mainly in Bitola, with faculties in Prilep, Ohrid, Veles, Kichevo and Skopje. It was founded on 25 April 1979, but the name “St. Kliment Ohridski” was not given until late 1994. The number of enrolled students exceeds 15,000.The act of the formal establishment of the university “St Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola was on the 25th April 1979. On 8 December 1994 when the University of Bitola started to celebrate the day of St Kliment in honor of his patron.The founding assembly was held on 25 April 1979 in Bitola. A Self-Managing Agreement for joining into the University of Bitola was signed by six higher education institutions and two research institutes, namely: Faculty of Economics – Prilep Faculty of Law – Bitola Faculty of Technical Sciences – Bitola Faculty of Tourism and Catering – Ohrid Higher School of Agriculture – Bitola Academy of Pedagogy- Bitola Tobacco Institute – Prilep Institute of Hydro-biology- Ohrid.

The following institutions have joined the university:
– Institute for Old Slav Culture – Prilep (1985);
– National and University Library “St.Kliment Ohridski” – Biota (1980);
– Student Center “Koch Racin” – Bitola (1981);
– Higher Medical School – Bitola (1988);
– Police Academy – Skopje (2004).

The international character of UKLO is confirmed by the participation in international programs and associations among which the most significant is the membership in EUA and BUA. St. Kliment Ohridski University is also a holder of the Erasmus+ Charter.

The Faculty of Technology and Technical Sciences in Veles has started to function at the beginning of the academic 2008/2009. The faculty seat is in Veles.