The strategic partnership was set based on the expertise and the diverse activities of its members, as each partner brings a complementary knowledge related to the project. Additionally, the partners cover the majority of the intervention areas, allowing for the optimal capitalisation of the Project’s outputs. A brief description of the partnership members is available below.
The HNYC (Hellenic National Youth Council) was founded in July 1998; it is an independent, non-government, non-profit federation of youth organizations. Today, fifty-nine youth organizations (six political youth parties and numerous non-government youth organizations) are members of HNYC. Thus, most of youths belonging to an organization are part of this federation. Its aim is to strengthen the role and coordinate the actions of its member organizations. The HNYC, according to the number of members in its organizations, represents over three hundred and fifty thousand young Greek men and women.
The HNYC associates with the Greek government concerning domestic matters and is the official representative of young Greeks in Greece and abroad. Abroad it participates in the European Youth Forum, the Mediterranean Youth Forum, the International French-Speaking Youth Council, the General Assembly of the UN and the Youth Council of UNESCO. The HNYC is one of the largest and most represented youth federations in Europe.
The HNYC overcomes political, ideological and social commitments in order to address challenges faced by youth at a national, European and international level. Aiming at continuously training and informing young people on issues that concern them, the HNYC implements workshops, conferences, cultural and other programs, seminars and activities that directly target young people.
Four Elements is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation, active at local, national, and international level, and certified both by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health for its actions. The headquarters of Four Elements are based in Athens, while maintaining operational offices and facilities in 7 major locations all over Greece to effectively address local challenges and ensure wide participation in foreseen activities.
Four Elements is a leading institution in the Mediterranean for research and development in social issues, business, employment and education. The organisation’s mission is to support vulnerable groups and youth at multiple levels (personal, social, economic, etc.), inspire the next generation of education and business, ensure cultural and environmental awareness, and promote equal opportunities in all aspects of contemporary societies. Through their involvement in EU-funded projects, Four Elements has accumulated considerable knowledge and understanding in the areas of social responsibility, technology, culture, teacher training, inquiry-based learning and assessment methodologies. As so, the organisation focuses on the advancement of research and innovation through evidence- based practices and cutting-edge methods, aiming to appropriately address the changing needs of its target groups, that include: migrants and refugees, women and especially women in difficult situations, young people and in particular these facing socioeconomic exclusion, long-term unemployed and those with low professional qualifications, persons with special abilities and any kind of physical impairment and/or mental disorder, the elderly.
Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU) is a Greek public academic institution, based in Herakleion – Crete, with branches also found at Chania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Ieraptera, and Siteia. It was founded on 25/04/2019 after the vote of a legislation to convert Technical Institutions to Universities. HMU offers various services towards the academic community as well as the public, that can be summarized as follows:
The Hellenic Mediterranean University offers to both the academic community and the public in general a series of services that can be summarized as follows:
Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) for the evaluation of the various units of the University.
Library for the entire academic community.
Special Research Fund Account (SRFA) for the management of research and development projects.
Support for Informatics and Communication Technologies, offered by the Library and Informatics Directorate.
Nicosia Tourism Board (NTB), a non-profit private organisation, was established in 2007 with the mission to enhance and promote the city and peripheral area of Nicosia as a tourist destination. Its main objectives include the development and promotion of Cultural & Creative Tourism, Conferences, Incentive and Business Tourism, Educational Tourism, Medical Tourism, and Sports Tourism.
The Presidency of the Nicosia Tourism Board is held by the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the position of the Deputy President is held by the Nicosia Municipality. Representatives of the Nicosia District municipalities and communities, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the Department of Antiquities and tourism-related associations such as, the Association of Cyprus Tourist Enterprises, Cyprus Hotels Associations, Association of Cyprus Travel Agents, tour operators, Cyprus Tourist Guide Association, Universities and Public Transportation, are actively members and partners of the NTB.
Taking into consideration the tourists’ needs in conjunction with the organisation’s strategic plan for implementing projects and organising events and the National Tourism Strategy, NTB concentrates its attention on the particular areas of: digitalisation, creativity, accessibility, Branding, enhancing entrepreneurship, urban regeneration, urban mobility, arts and cultural events, authentic experiences, education and training and improving policy instruments
The Municipality of Archanes-Asterousia is a municipality of Crete, established after the administrative reform of the the Kallikratis Programme, by merging three previous municipalities: Asterousia Municipality, Nikos Kazantzakis Municipality, and Archanes Municipality. The Municipality now spans a surface of 335,38 square kilometres, and it 55 villages are inhabited by 16.692 people according to the 2011 census. Its administration and financial departments are based in the village Peza.
The Municipality is located in the Herakleion regional unit, occupying a long strip of land starting near the city of Herakleion and reaching towards the south until it meets the Libyan See. The Municipality is mainly semi-mountainous with a detailed and varied terrain. Its main mountains are Juktas and Asterousia. Another important element is the Messara Plain, where many agricultural activities take place. The Municipality is developing rapidly, firmly and actively supporting Alternative Tourism initiatives and actions.
Larnaca and Famagusta District Development Agency (ANETEL) was founded by the local government for the local government. The main objective of the agency is to provide support services to its stakeholders for making use of European resources and participate in European programs in order to implement the goals and visions of its stakeholders. ANETEL is an active partner and supporter to the public and private sector and operates in a rational combination for community service, entrepreneurship and management of high-level requirements of integrated development with transparency and efficiency.
Some of the needs ANETEL targets are the following:
Development planning of the broader area of Larnaca and Famagusta.
Exploitation of European and National funds, by participating in and managing a variety of programs.
Offering technical support to the public, authorities, and local self-government organizations.
Undertaking initiatives and organizing events in subjects of environmental protection and preservation of cultural inheritance.
Promotion of collaboration and development of relations among the local self-government and Public, Semi-Public, or Private authorities located in the European Union, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Balkan Countries.