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40 Island Municipalities, 1 Regional Union of Island Municipalities and 3 Regions of the Aegean Sea are members to DAFNI.

DAFNI Network of Sustainable Greek Islands is a non-profit organization established in 2006 that seeks to create opportunities and support initiatives towards the sustainable development of Greek islands, namely:

  • Empower islands' local societies and authorities to make decision-making around key topics such as local economic development, environmental protection and preservation of cultural heritage more participatory.
  • Put forward integrated, innovative and smart solutions in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable transport and mobility, sustainable waste and water management.
  • Leverage financing from EU programmes to the benefit of island-members of the Network.
  • Promote investment schemes and governance practices that foster innovation and social inclusion.
  • Preserve and protect islands' natural environment, which represents a key economic resource at local and national level.
  • Support quality and sustainable tourism.
  • Participate in international organizations that enable the sharing of experience and knowledge exchange.


DAFNI has 44 members, of which the Regions of South and North Aegean, the Region of Ionian Islands, the Regional Union of Municipalities of Ionian Islands and the island municipalities of: Aegina, Alonissos, Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Astypalaia, Chios, Thira, Ios, Kalymnos, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Kos, Lipsi, Lefkada, Lesvos, Limnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos and Small Cyclades, Nissyros, Patmos, Paros, Psara, Rhodes, Samothraki, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Symi, Syros-Ermoupoli, Tilos, Tinos, Ydra, Folegandros, Fournoi-Korseoi.

DAFNI Network is proud to coordinate the Smart Islands Initiative

28 March 2017 marks a strong comeback of islands in the European Parliament. The Smart Islands Event: Creating New Pathways for EU islands gathered over 100 European island representatives, stakeholders and policy-makers to officially present the Smart Islands Initiative, one that sheds light on the potential of islands to emerge as ideal territories for the deployment of innovative technologies in the fields of energy, transport & mobility, water & waste management and ICT. During the event 36 island representatives, networks and organizations signed the Smart islads Declaration at the presence of Director General for Energy Dominique Ristori.

For more information, please visit the Smart Islands Initiative website
2nd Smart Islands Forum - 14 September 2018
"EU islands come forward with proposals for the post 2020-era"
22 representatives from 13 European countries with islands that are members to the Smart Islands Initiative met in Athens, Greece on 14 September 2018 to discuss how recent EU policy developments concerning islands can serve them best, in light of the on-going debate around the Union's post-2020 political priorities.

Roundtable Discussion with stakeholders on energy upgrading of public buildings through EPC - 6 July 2018
A roundtable discussion on energy upgrading of public buildings through EPC took place on 5 July 2018 in Athens! The event was hosted by AEGEA in cooperation with the Energy Policy and Energy Efficiency Dpt of the Ministry of Environment and Energy and with the support of DAFNI Network, in the framework of the Interreg-MED project STEPPING, member of the Efficient Buildings Community!

3 Awards for WiseGrid!!! - 22 June 2018
June was undoubtedly a month of success for Wisegrid project which managed to win 3 awards in 2 very important events. For us in AEGEA, DAFNI Network and all partners of WiseGrid_EU, this recognition fills us with joy, satisfaction and responsibility in providing technological solutions enabling something so important as the energy transition!

Innovative technologies and regulatory schemes accelerating islands' decarbonisation - 14 June 2018
On 6 June, second day of this year's EUSEW Policy Conference, SMILE's partner DAFNI Network organized in collaboration with the Government of the Balearic Islands and the Outermost Regions Energy Network a session titled "Innovative technologies and regulatory schemes accelerating islands' decarbonisation".

WiseGrid wins the "Good Practice of the Year" Award!! - 5 June 2018
We are delighted and honored for this important award, which gives us the motivation to strengthen our efforts for the sustainable development of the Greek islands. The project was chosen as the winner in the Technology and Design category. Jury members found it particularly impressive because of its relevance in today's energy landscape and its likelihood to provide a set of solutions and technologies to increase the smartness, stability and security of an open, consumer centric European energy grid.

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The Smart Islands Initiative wins the Energy Innovator Award!! - 30 May 2018
Following the successful completion of the first Greek Energy Forum Awards last year, the Greek Energy Forum organized the 2018 edition at the Cass Business School in London. 7 companies and individuals were awarded for their continuous effort to provide cutting-edge solutions, advancing the frontiers of the energy revolution!

AEGEA attends ManagEnergy Master Class - 18 May 2018
ManagEnergy is a European Commission initiative dedicated to regional and local energy agencies with the objectives of assisting them in becoming leaders in the energy transition and of increasing sustainable energy investments in regions and cities.

Open workshop in Kythnos - 28 April 2018
In the framework of WiseGRID project, an open workshop was held on Kythnos island, on Friday 27/04. For once again, it turned out that the citizens' active participation in local decision-making processes is more significant and necessary than ever.

International Conference "Ports, Maritime Transport & Insularity"
The Aegean Energy & Environment Agency (AEGEA) together with DAFNI Network organize the 3rd International Conference "Ports, Maritime Transport & Insularity". For more information, visit the official website www.smartports.gr

22 & 23 February 2018 at the Ionic Centre in Athens, Greece - SAVE THE DATE!
The Aegean Energy & Environment Agency in collaboration with DAFNI Network, organize the International Conference: Smart Islands & Smart Small Cities Policies, Technologies, Financial Solutions & Good Practices which will be held on 22 & 23 February 2018 at the Ionic Centre in Athens, Greece

Islands without plastic bag – Making reuse a priority - 15 December 2017
From Tilos to Samothrace and from Alonnisos to Lipsi islands, in an area that spans across the Aegean Sea, the Network of Sustainable Greek Islands - DAFNI Network organized in collaboration with the Hellenic Recycling Agency an awareness-raising campaign in 49 island schools.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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".
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!
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.
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!
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
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. The Forum, supported by the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Covenant of Mayors Office gathered representatives of island local and regional authorities and actors from 13 countries.
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.
Strategic Cooperation of European Islands
Islands from all over Europe share experiences with the aim to improve multilevel cooperation and support the implementation of sustainable energy projects of local importance that derive from their sustainable energy plans.
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).
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. This development comes as follow-up to visits organised by DAFNI staff in April in different Ionian islands to explore how these can drive smart and sustainable growth in the region.
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).
International conference "Smart Grid Applications in Europe and the Case of Islands"
The very successful international conference “Smart Grid Applications in Europe and the Case of Islands” was organised by the Network of Sustainable Aegean Islands (DAFNI) with Dominique Ristori, Director General Energy of the European Commission a key note speaker. It was a high level meeting for grid distributors, electricity utilities, regulators, technology providers, renewable energy companies, consultants, educational & research institutions, local authorities and active electricity users.