The opening meeting of the GREENOVATE project took place on July 27th – ” The city center of Kozani becomes free and beautiful using cells made of reusable materials with the active participation of professionals and students” which was is funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology ( EIT) within the framework of the EIT Community Initiative for the New European Bauhaus.

The GREENOVATE project is one of 18 projects selected and will be implemented in Slovenia, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Malta, France, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Ireland, Bulgaria, Italy and Latvia.

The Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Ms. Maria Gabriel said: “One of the most important features of the New European Bauhaus is the sense of community and that it sets citizens at the hotspot. With EIT support, 18 projects led by citizens from 14 countries will tackle global challenges that affect local communities, from climate change to helping refugees. I wish all the entries the best of luck in their efforts to bring about changes in practice, for a greener and more inclusive Europe.”

GREENOVATE project will be implemented in Kozani to revitalize the city center by creating green hives, involving local businesses and young students over time and not only in the planning and preparation phase. It aims to improve the natural micro-environment in the city center and, by extension, the quality of citizens’ everyday life and the promotion of a new perception based on collectivity and sense of belonging. To achieve this goal, the participation of citizens in the management, daily care and protection of these green cells is necessary.

The project will cost 45,000.00 euros, will be covered by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and will be implemented by the Municipality of Kozani led by the Urban Non-Profit company JOIN4CS.

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