In Anatoliki S.A. – an Organization for Local Development that was founded back in 1995 with the aim to act as a Center for the Development of Human Resources and the Support of the Local Economy in the wider area of Thessaloniki – we are committed to the support of sustainable development, the protection of the environment and the vulnerable communities.
Our shareholders, which include the Region of Central Macedonia, ten municipalities of eastern Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, three commercial chambers, three local cooperatives and the Center for Research and Technology, are contributing to the effort.
Our Environmental and Energy Departments have the objectives of recycling, the promotion of Renewable Energy Resources and Energy Conservation, Transport Management, Circular Economy, Sustainable Tourism, the management of Water Resources and business planning of Local Authorities.
To get an idea of what we are involved in, let us mention the project CIRCLE that promotes the Circular Innovation and Resilient City Labs in the Adrion Region. Or the TUNE UP project that promotes the multilevel governance for tuning up biodiversity protection in marine areas. CoPREVENT focuses on the cooperation for disaster prevention and environmental monitoring involving four disaster management specialized institutions in the Black Sea Basin.
The SinCE-AFC and the CESME Projects enhance the Entrepreneurship of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Circular Economy of the Agri-Food Chain, whereas the SUS TOWNS project promotes sustainable tourism attraction in small fascinating Mediterranean towns. Another local development project called AGREEN is helping the main stakeholders of the agricultural sector – farmers, cooperatives, business support organizations, interest groups – to join forces in order to establish the philosophy and practice of climate-smart agriculture in their regions.
As for our Human Resources Department, it aims at organizing local networks and implementing employment schemes through partnerships with municipalities, NGOs, institutions, volunteers’ associations, Trade Unions, State Services, and we also support the administration of the “European Network of elected Greeks in Local Authorities”.
Take the example of the “PAL” Network for Roma Entrepreneurship project which aimed to enhance the Roma business initiatives and self-employment. Or the humanitarian project REACT 2020-2021 that offers a Rental accommodation scheme for asylum seekers, still active and thriving today.
There are still more challenges for our organization coming ahead. More opportunities to be part of towards a more healthy, clean urban environment and a more compassionate, fair and humane society. We are thrilled to work with other passionate entities across Europe with whom we share the commitment to help improve people’s lives and the sustainability of our planet.