Minutes of the 3rd Major Conference
Pyrgos, Aeghio and Messologhi
Thursday 11 May - Pyrgos
Official speeches - Presentation of the regional and national perspective
|Main Speakers at Greece Conference
The secretary general Mr Karagiannis from the Region of Western Greece,presented the national goals and plans for the development of the prefecture. He pointed out the importance of the periphery as well as the need for its development.
Towns' brief presentation by the three Greek towns
The greek mayors presented their municipalites to the participants of the Conference. They tried to give a general idea of their towns' political structure, economic structure and above all, to present their towns' landmarks.
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Welcome speech from the Regional Coordinator Dr Andrea Thanassoulias
|Dr Andrea Thanassoulias
He stressed the importance of the regional policy, stating " European policy only becomes real at regional and local level, because there you have to provide solid answers. Local politicians are very important in this respect. When you discuss concrete issues, you discover that certain traditional answers are no longer sufficient. "
Speech from the Project Manager of the programme Dr Nick Brown
|Project Leader Dr Nick Brown
He thanked the Greek Partners for their contribution to the programme as well as the Coordinator's Office for its good organization. In his speech, Dr Brown pointed out the essence as well as the value of the SusSET project, to jointly explore and test policy and practice in sustaining small town well-being, and then share the experience with other interested EU nations
The Strategy Model for small expanding towns : findings presentation by each Lead Town, questions and open discussion
Theme 1 : Whole Town Strategy
Theme 2: Tourism / marketing / Sense of belonging
Theme 3 : Long Term Planning
Theme 4 : Engagement / Dialogue / Youth
Theme 5 : Planning / Heritage / Conservation
Theme 6 : Partnership & Management
3 parallel sessions (the 3 town groups: costal, city region, city service meet together) on the strategy model and local aspects. Proposed discussion topics: specific needs and situations, repercussions on the strategy model, the proposed "3 international groups virtual meetings"
City region Group
City service Group
Link to the file "results for city service" to follow
Friday 12 May 2006 - Aeghio - Messologhi
Visit to the archeological site of Olympia: heritage - a development potential, the Pyrgos experience
Departure of part of the participants to their partner towns Aeghio and Messologhi
Working sessions in the respective Town Halls: Presentation of town development issues, exchange of views
Link to the file for the working session of Messolonghi to follow
Link to the file for the working session of Aeghio to follow
Saturday 13 May 2006 - Aeghio - Messologhi
A last meeting: summing up experiences and conclusions - Steering Group meeting (item to be discussed)
Sunday 14 May 2006 - Aeghio
Departure of the participants for Athens, International Airport El.Venizelos.
|Conference Delegates in Pyrgos
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