European Projects

Limassol Municipality’s participation in European projects for over 15 years and the citizens’ constant interest in EU policies and actions, led to the establishment of the European Affairs Office of Limassol Municipality in 2004. The European Affairs Office manages European projects and networks in which the Municipality participates. It also serves as an EU info point for citizens. At present, Limassol Municipality takes part in the following projects/networks:

For the 5th consecutive year, Local Authorities in Limassol, with Limassol Municipality in lead, take action to improve social inclusion, cohesion and socialisation and prevent social exclusion and discrimination of immigrants.  The project ‘Integration programmes by local authorities’ with the title ‘Limassol, one city the whole world’ is co-funded by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (90%) and the Republic of Cyprus (10%) with a budget of €187.000 and an implementation period until January 2019.

Consortium: Limassol Municipality (coordinator), Yermasoyia Municipality, Agios Athanasios Municipality, Mesa Yitonia Municipality, the Mesa Yitonia Community Volunteerism Council, Opinion & Action Services Ltd

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The core concept of PROSPERITY is bringing ministries into the project, which will significantly enhance the visibility of the project at the national level and therefore increase numbers of cities active on SUMPs. Thus PROSPERITY will ensure that more cities commit to SUMPs that are in line with the EU SUMP Guidelines and that include a broad range of innovative measures. This will generate a high leverage factor, especially in regions and cities where take up is so far low and the impacts from transport are severe – therefore the majority of PROSPERITY activities is in such regions and cities - thus in southern, central-eastern and eastern Europe.

Coordinator:  Austrian Mobility Research FGM – Graz, Austria

Limassol Municipality budget: €64.403

Project duration: Sept 2016 – Sept 2019

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‘Smart Cities’ provide new ways of designing and managing public services, infrastructure, sustainable mobility, economic development and social inclusion. However, two-way communication between citizens and urban policymakers is lacking strongly. This is partly the result of underutilization of citizens’ Social Media feeds and useful Open Data sets. The SmartGov project is funded by JPI Urban Europe with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and it aims to create new support tools that effectively incorporate Linked Open Data and Social Media into Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs). FCMs are a useful modelling and visualization tool for discussing policy scenarios between citizens and governments. The developed tools will be tested and implemented in four European cities including Limassol.

Coordinator: Danube University Krems – Austria

Limassol Budget: €12.000

Project duration: April 2016 – March 2019

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The project will demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of innovative sustainable solutions in six European tourists’ cities with different characteristics but sharing common challenges.

Each partner city is testing new ways to help residents, tourists and freight flow seamlessly and sustainably through their cities. The project aims to show how sustainable mobility boosts economic growth and job creation in European cities with strong tourist economies while providing sustainable environments for visitors and residents alike. Particular attention is given to strengthen cooperation between European cities and China.

Coordinator: Horarios do Funchal – Transportes Publicos SA - Portugal

Limassol Municipality Budget: €728.210

Project Duration: Sept 2016 – Aug 2020


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All EU cities are confronted with similar challenges related to mobility, i.e. urban congestion, pollution, GHG emissions and the consequent need to improve the mobility and air quality in a context of enduring economic crisis. Yet, MED cities having ports are defied with even more complex issues, needing a long-term mobility planning approach, integrating both city- and port-originated transport flows, in order to achieve sustainable urban mobility. SUMPORT aims at tackling this situation While several projects have been carried out on SUMPs in EU Programmes other than MED, SUMPORT is the first one tackling urban mobility planning in MED port cities.

Coordinator: Central European Initiative – Trieste, Italy

Limassol Municipality Budget: €254.414

Duration: Feb 2017 – Jul 2019

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The aim of the Autonomous Composting Urban Areas (ACUA) project is to develop a system of collecting and processing (partially or totally) bio-waste on the same place that it is produced in the urban fabric without, of course, creating any nuisance. At the core of composting technology, we find the Autonomous Composting Machines (AMK) or Autonomous Composting Units (ACU). These are autonomous, closed composting units, without odours or dripping, operating with virtually no human intervention.


Coordinator: Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece

Budget of Limassol Municipality: €326.355

Duration of project: Dec 2017 – Apr 2020

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The common territorial problem to be tackled is considerably low recycling adoption percentage as opposed to European and national environmental policies. The common territorial challenge faced is to increase percentage of solid waste separately selected at source and driven to recycle process. The project's approach to address these common challenges is to involve citizens in an active way.  BAS Action Plans include learning- training tools and activities addressed to municipal staff, local decision makers, civil society stakeholders, entrepreneurs, school community. A pilot implementation of the action plan shall take place in each partner area for a period of 18 months.

Coordinator: Municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni, Greece

Limassol Municipality Budget: €140.000

Project Duration: Dec 2017 – Oct 2019

Cities can gain enormously from the entrepreneurship, variety of skills and creativity associated with cultural diversity, provided they adopt policies and practices that facilitate intercultural interaction and inclusion. The Intercultural cities (ICC) programme is coordinated by the Council of Europe and supports cities in reviewing their policies through an intercultural lens and developing comprehensive intercultural strategies to help them manage diversity positively and realise the diversity advantage.

Limassol Municipality participates in European projects aiming at intercultural interaction, social cohesion and support of vulnerable groups. In this context, the Intercultural Council of Limassol Municipality was created in 2017.

Coordinator: Council of Europe

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Integrated NBS-based Urban Planning Methodology for Enhancing the Health and Well-being of Citizens: The euPOLIS Approach.

Urban planners and engineers are integrating nature-based solutions (NBS) to address contemporary environmental, social and economic challenges. The EU-funded EuPOLIS project will deploy natural systems to enhance public health and well-being and create resilient urban ecosystems. It will design a structured approach that integrates existing natural and engineered urban systems and define their joint social, cultural and economic effects. The project will aim to regenerate and rehabilitate urban ecosystems to create inclusive and accessible urban spaces. It will address key challenges such as low environmental quality and low biodiversity in public spaces, water-stressed resources and undervalued use of space. The project’s solutions will be tested in four cities: Belgrade, Lodz, Piraeus and Gladsaxe. Limassol Municipality has the role of a follower city.

Coordinator:  National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Limassol Municipality budget: €164.625

Project duration: September 2020 – August 2024

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Eupolis has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program H2020-EU.3.5.2., under grant agreement No 869448.