Successful Participation of the Municipality of Heraklion in Estonia within the framework of the Programme “City to City for Building Our Europe – C2C4EU” - Europe for Citizens
With success and important new ideas for improving the digital services of the city and fighting bureaucracy for the benefit of citizens, the mission of the Municipality of Heraklion in Narva, Estonia, was completed as part of the Europe for Citizens Program entitled "City to City for Building our Europe" (http://www.c2c4eu.eu/) implemented by the Department of European Programmes of the Municipality of Heraklion.
The Thematic Unit of Works, entitled "The Future of Europe: Opportunities and Challenges", included the presentation of good practices by each partner of the Programme (Gerace-Italy, Kistelek-Hungary, Municipality of Barcellos - Portugal, Development and Economy Department of Narva - Estonia, District Administration of Teruel - Spain and Municipality of Heraklion - Greece).
The Deputy Mayor of Infrastructure and European Programmes, was represented by the Municipality of Heraklion, Mr. Ioannis Anastasakis, Dr. Community Engagement Specialist “Demoscopio”, Member of the “Institute for 21st Century Agoras”, Alexandros Christakis and Journalist & Systemic Design Facilitator, Maria Kakoulaki. The presentation of the mission of the Municipality of Heraklion, within the framework of the Programme, had as theme: “The Future of Europe: Opportunities and Challenges” and “The Demoscopio of Heraklion as a new entity of Structured Democratic Dialogue of Innovation and Entrepreneurship”.
The Demoscopio was presented as the collective undertaking of a society that needs more civic participation through their involvement in the design and implementation of policies that concern them. The Demoscopio of Heraklion is also in line with the overall objective of the programme, which is the development of strong, dynamic and long-lasting city communication networks, with a shared vision of cooperation between public institutions and the citizens themselves. In the framework of the mission in Narva, Estonia, the Greek mission had the opportunity to be informed about the technological miracle that has been achieved over the past 15 years in the country.
The Municipality of Heraklion participated in a working meeting in the Teruel region of Spain, as part of the Europe for Citizens Program «City to City for Building our Europe». The thematic module/unit of the work was the Cohesion Policy and the Structural Funds' contribution to the development of the partner cities of each country in the programme. Good practices were presented by each municipality in the country participating in the Program. The Municipality of Heraklion is the only Municipality in Greece participating in the Europe for Citizens Program entitled "City to City for Building our Europe". In the framework of the Open Forum, the Municipality of Heraklion participated with a presentation entitled "Cohesion Policy - Good Practices at Local Level" by speaker Renia Drosou Msc Sociologist, Director of the European Programmes Department of the Municipality of Heraklion and presentation entitled "Demoscopio as a cohesion policy approach for iDemocreating" by speakers Dr. Alexander Christakis Professor of Social Systems and Ms. Maria Kakoulaki Social Policy Designer, Journalist.