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The “POLIS” Programme: The Municipality of Larisa Signs Strategic Planning -Masterplan Agreement

On December 12, 2020, the Mayor of Larisa, Mr. Apostolos Kalogiannis, awarded the strategic planning agreement for promoting the Municipality of Larisa’s cultural reserve. This agreement was awarded in the framework of the “POLIS” programme’s implementation. Lever Development Consultants S.A will carry out the study.

The “POLIS” Programme is the DIAZOMA Association’s proposal to inject Greek cities with the value of synergies and the magic of integrated development programmes. The programme concerns holistic interventions in urban city centers of particular cultural and historical importance so that they act as “urban landmarks” or urban space points of reference.

Nine Greek cities are included in the first pilot phase of the programme – Komotini, Thessaloniki, Kozani, Arta, Larisa, Thiva, Acharnes, Kalamata, Heraklion – so that the whole country is represented geographically. Recently, the cities of Thiva, Heraklion (October 2020), and Komotini (November 2020) awarded the necessary agreements for the preparation of their strategic planning to development consultants, and the First Deliverable for Thiva, and Heraklion  has already been completed. In addition, DIAZOMA recently held a teleconference with institutional bodies on enriching Thiva’s Masterplan with specialized actions in the fields of energy and the environment.

The DIAZOMA Association welcomes these historical Greek Municipalities’ response and participation in the “POLIS” Programme. It looks forward to the commencement of strategic planning for the remaining cities included in the programme’s first phase.