The challenges faced by Greek cities and their citizens in the midst of the economic and refugee crises

Athens, Greece, May 2016 – In the last six years, Greece has been hit by unprecedented economic decline, caused in part by the intensity and duration of the recent global economic depression. Salaries have decreased considerably, unemployment is rising fast … More

“An opportunity to exchange and learn from other European local authorities” Ioannis Lolos, Mayor of Igoumenitsa

The Mayor of Igoumenitsa, a port-city of 25,000 situated on the northwestern coast of Greece, explains why the city recently joined Efus. Why did you decide to join the European Forum for Urban Security? Ioannis Lolos: Efus works on all … More

Greece takes on the rotating presidency of the European Union at a critical moment

Paris, January 2014 – On 1 January 2014 Greece took on the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for the fifth time since its accession to the European Community in 1981. It so happened that Greece’s “turn” … More

General Assembly 2011/migratory flows: Alexandroupolis and the refugees crisis

Efus invited two representatives of the Greek town of Alexandroupolis to its general assembly, the mayor, Evaggelos Lambakis , and Dimitri Rossakis, who is in charge of human resources at the Greek consulting firm Eurotec and specialises in local development. Following … More

Alexandroupolis invites the Forum to visit the border zone with Turkey, where the Greek government is planning to build an “anti-immigration” wall

Located a few kilometres away from Turkey, in the North-East of Greece, the city of Alexandroupolis, member of the Forum, is the most affected by the project of the government of George Papandreou to build up a wall along the … More

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