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Press Release: LECs can drive islands decarbonisation forward - 14 November 2017
The Commission plans to decarbonize over 1000 EU islands by 2030 and Local Energy Communities can help achieve this goal. This is the key message of the Public Hearing that was jointly organized by the Smart Islands Initiative and INSULEUR on 10 November.
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Local Energy Communities - A vehicle for islands' energy transition? - 10 November 2017
In the Winter Package special reference is made to Local Energy Communities (LECs) as a means to ensuring greater participation of consumers in the energy market through enhanced local ownership of decentralised RES generation. Meanwhile the Package also underscores islands' potential to drive Europe's energy transition, reflected in the recent Political Declaration to launch the new 'Clean Energy for EU Islands' initiative signed by the EC and 14 Members States.
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International Conference "Tourism: Trends, Prospects and Implications for Enterprises and Destinations"
Contemporary trends in tourism prioritize the shift to alternative practices that satisfy the needs of modern tourists. To this end, IMIC 2017 International Conference will present new tools and strategies on the evolving nature of modern tourism, aiming to capture the growing interest for a human-centric approach to tourism, one that addresses the quest for innovation, sophisticated user experience and engagement of all relevant stakeholders.
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Small communities, big ideas! - 30 September 2017
That was the theme of the annual Civitas Forum Conference which took place between 27 and 29 September in the city of Torres Vedras in Portugal. Hundreds of actors and mobility experts came together in a 3-days conference where through sessions, interactive workshops and new technologies presented methods on the development of urban mobility.
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Inaugural Forum on the "Clean Energy for All European Islands" initiative - 23 September 2017
Following the Political Declaration signed by 14 Member States and the European Commission on 18 May in Valetta, Malta, Crete hosted the Inaugural Forum on the "Clean Energy for All European Islands" initiative, part of the Winter Package, tabled by the European Commission last November under the title "Clean Energy for All Europeans".
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DAFNI Network at the annual meeting of the European Small Islands Federation - 15 September 2017
The European Small Islands Federation (ESIN) has chosen Orkney as the venue for its annual General Assembly. The annual gathering was organized jointly with Orkney International Science Festival and took place between 11 and 13 September.
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DAFNI Network presents the initiative: CIVINET CY-EL - 12 September 2017
DAFNI Network attended the Workshop on "Sustainable Urban Mobility in Local Authorities", which took place in Thessaloniki on 8 September. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.
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Smart Islands Education - 26 August 2017
DAFNI Network in collaboration with Agoni Grammi Gonimi, New Wrinkle and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems organized the first educational programme "Smart Islands Education".
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Political Declaration for EU Islands has been signed - 20 May 2017
The 18th of May 2017 marks an important milestone for Europe's islands, signifying a clear recognition of their contribution to Europe's transition to a low-carbon, sustainable and inclusive economy!
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DAFNI Network in the General Assembly of EOAEN - 8 May 2017
DAFNI Network participated in the 41st General Assembly of the Chambers Group for the Development of the Greek Islands (EOAEN) that took place on May 6 in Skyros.
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DAFNI Network at the Smart Islands World Congress - 23 April 2017
The Congress was organized by Smart City Expo World Congress and Fira Barcelona and attended by a significant number of islands from across the globe, as well as representatives from the private sector and academia!
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Smart Island Activities in Greece - 1 August 2016
Review of activities of DAFNI network and the Aegean Energy Agency related to the promotion of Smart Islands - Newsletter Vol. 1
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1st Smart Islands Forum - 24 June 2016
The 1st Smart Islands Forum was hosted in Athens on 21 and 22 June at the initiative of the DAFNI Network of Sustainable Aegean and Ionian Islands and the Aegean Energy Agency.
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Promotion of Kythnos as "Smart Island" - Visit of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) - 17 May 2016
On Monday 17 May a team of seven representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) visited Kythnos in the framework of the Committees' initiative "Smart Islands in Europe". The visit was organized with the assistance of DAFNI Network of Sustainable Aegean and Ionian Islands and the Aegean Energy Agency.
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DAFNI represents islands at the 1st European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy - 30 January 2016
Following an invitation to attend the 1st European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy (EFSSE) organised by GUE/NGL, DAFNI staff visited Brussels between 27-29 January 2016.
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Roundtable on energy and quality upgrading of public street lighting in the island of Lesvos - 15 December 2015
DAFNI together with the Lighting Laboratory of the National Technical University of Athens and the Municipality of Lesvos held a roundtable on 15 December on the different technologies and finance tools available to promote energy and quality upgrading of public street lighting infrastructure on Lesvos island.
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DAFNI presents at COOPENERGY final conference - 3 December 2015
In the sidelines of COP21 COOPENERGY, a project funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, presented the results, lessons, and shining examples on how to promote more effective collaborative working between regional and local public authorities so as to maximize coherence in energy planning and actions between levels of governance.
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Participation at the 1st ENERGISE workshop - 2 October 2015
Kostas Komninos, DAFNI coordinator, was invited to present during the 1st workshop of the EU funded research project ENERGISE, which was held in Brussels on 1st October 2015. The project's goal is to conduct a cost/benefit analysis for smart grid infrastructure deployment.
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SMILEGOV last project meeting - 17 September 2015
SMILEGOV cluster leaders gathered for the last coordination project meeting on 15-16 September in Brussels, marking the end of an intense 30 months project.
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Significant developments mark DAFNI's 2nd General Assembly - 27 June 2015
During its 2nd General Assembly on 27 June 2015 DAFNI members decided the expansion of the network's operations into the Ionian Sea. DAFNI now stands for Network of Sustainable Aegean and Ionian Islands.
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SMILEGOV Final Conference - 24 June 2015
On 24 June 2015 the final conference of SMILEGOV project took place at the Committee of the Regions. SMILEGOV is an EU funded project that DAFNI managed between 2013 and 2015 involving 13 partners from island clusters from all four European basins (Mediterranean, Baltic, North and Atlantic).
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Greek islands lead the way for Pact of Islands - 33 Greek signatories in total - 1 July 2015
Elected representatives of local authorities from eight Greek islands travelled to Brussels on 25 June 2015 to join the Pact of Islands (PoI) during an official ceremony hosted at the European Parliament. The number of Greek signatories rises now to 33 (30 islands and 3 island regions).
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4th SMILEGOV workshop: Island authorities deepen their knowledge on stakeholders' analysis and innovative mechanisms to finance local sustainable energy projects - 20 June 2015
The Greek cluster convened the 4th local SMILEGOV workshop in Athens on 19 June 2015. Building on the 3rd local workshop, hosted earlier this year in the Greek capital, participants had the chance to experiment with participatory processes in decision-making, all while deepening their understanding of innovative tools to finance sustainable energy projects on their territories.
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Planning the transition to energy efficient cities - energy savings at the municipal and citizens' level - 12 June 2015
DAFNI participated in the "Planning the transition to energy efficient cities - energy savings at the municipal and citizens' level" workshop, hosted by the municipality of Athens and Heinrich Boell Stiftung, sharing the network's experience on maturing RES and EE projects on Greek islands with the involvement of citizens.
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Recycling in island regions: state-of-play and solutions for the future - 25 ay 2015
Members of DAFNI network attended the conference on Recycling in Island Regions, hosted by the Municipality of Santorini, under the auspices of the Ministry for Environment and the Hellenic Recycling Agency on 22-23 May 2015.
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3rd local SMILEGOV workshop: the Aegean islands learn how to engage stakeholders - 20 April 2015
The 3rd local workshop of the Greek cluster took place in Athens on Sunday 19th of April shading light to one of the common barriers identified by the SMILEGOV islanders: the communication and collaboration with stakeholders during the planning and implementation of sustainable energy projects.
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New President and Board elected - 20 April 2015
On 19 April 2015 DAFNI held its 1st General Assembly for the year. Following an overview of DAFNI's achievements in 2014, on-going projects and planned activities, the members of the network voted for new President and the Board, made up of elected representatives from local and regional authorities.
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