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How you could contribute to WELCOMMON project

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WELCOMMON – the community and hosting center for refugees – is a cooperation between ANEMOS ANANEOSIS/WIND OF RENEWAL (social cooperative) and Athens Development and Destination Management Agency of Municipality of Athens, in the framework of the UNHCR’s relocation project.

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It is based on the initiative of ANEMOS ANANEOSIS / Wind of Renewal social cooperative, and the cooperation with 3 other organisations:

  • Greek Forum of Refugees,
  • Greek Forum of Migrants
  • ANASA Cultural Centre, and the communities of refugees and migrants.

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Seeking to offer proper accommodation but also much more Key aims: Social inclusion, empowerment and integration of refugees, cooperation with the local community. Not only for the refugees, but also, with the participation of the refugees themselves (in common). It is a win – win and integrated solution for the benefit of both the local population and the refugees

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Let us inform you about the progress in the WELCOMMON project and how you could contribute in the facilitation of its implementation.

Project progress

The project has entered into the final phase of its preparation in order for WELCOMMON to be able to host 150-170 refugees.

WELCOMMON is housed in the Municipality of Athens. Its main features are:

–   Accommodation capacity of approximately 170 refugees.

–  More than 20 extra rooms for activities and workshops, training, painting, language lessons, meeting, offices and storage facilities.

–   Accessibility by public transportation.

The WELCOMMON project has been granted from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA) of the City of Athens.

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How an organisation could support WELCOMMON

Although basic needs of the project are covered by the funding of the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency (ADDMA) / City of Athens and UNHCR, we are seeking cooperations with organizations and citizens initiatives who are willing to “invest” in a visionary and realistic effort for covering needs:

  • of the refugees, eg special food for children, clothes, shoes, washing machines, refrigerators-cookers, medicines, medical appliances for the social clinic etc
  • of the community and hosting center WELCOMMON (improvement of the infrastructure, safety measures, energy efficiency of the building,

List of material needed:

  1. Medical appliances
  2. Medicines
  3. Washing machines
  4. Dryers
  5. Composting system for 100 kilos per day (1 piece)
  6. Refrigerators (12 pieces)
  7. Small cooking kitchen (12 pieces)
  8. Bed-side tables for rooms (60 pieces)
  9. Sofas
  10. Trash bins (big, small and for toilet)
  11. PC for meeting points and lessons
  12. Energy transition from oil to natural gas, energy efficiency of the heating/cooling system, led lighting and infrastructure for energy reduction in general
  13. Professional kitchen (infrastructure, items, )

Every contribution could be decisively. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you donate an amount we are committed to give you an invoice for the amount and to inform you how we have used the money. You could decide your self what you want to support from the whole package of need.

Thank you

Bank accounts of WIND of RENEWAL / ΑΝΕΜΟΣ ΑΝΑΝΕΩΣΗΣ for donations:

Pireaus Bank: GR8301720180005018077868253,  swift code PIRBGRAA

Eurobank: GR7202602440000180200876471, swift code ERBKGRAA

Contact details: windofrenewal@gmail.com and welcommon.project@gmail.com

Tel: 0030-2103810646, -2103803959

More info: https://anemosananeosis.gr/en

 

 

 

 

CECOP & CICOPA sent a letter to the Greek Minister of Labour on cooperatives

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First Greek law covering both social cooperatives and worker cooperatives to be discussed soon at the national parliament

CECOP and CICOPA, the International Organisation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives, have recently sent a joint letter to the Greek Alternate Minister of Labour, Ms. Rania Antonopoulos, after consulting a network of international experts in worker cooperative and social cooperative legislation.

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The Greek government has prepared a draft law on Social and Solidarity Economy and the development of its agencies, which will soon be discussed by the Greek parliament. While part of the law is on the wider social and solidarity economy (which includes all cooperative sectors, mutuals, associations and foundations), most provisions actually aim at defining and regulating social cooperatives and worker cooperatives. It will become the first law regarding both social cooperatives and worker cooperatives in the country.

Two previous successive laws on social cooperatives already exist and are both in force, one from 1999 regulating exclusively social cooperatives involved in the integration of psychiatric patients and is too narrow to be really effective, and one from 2011 which is broader but presents a series of problems which the present draft law attempts to solve.

The new draft law certainly has strong points compared to the 2011 law, but still presents a series of weak points which are a matter of concern and should be improved. For this purpose, CECOP and CICOPA, the International Organisation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives, have recently sent a joint letter to the Greek Alternate Minister of Labour, Ms. Rania Antonopoulos, after consulting a network of international experts in worker cooperative and social cooperative legislation.

In the letter, both organisations have made a series of proposals for modification, including:
 Differentiating the wider social and solidarity economy part of the law from the one focusing on social and worker cooperatives, possibly by passing separate pieces of legislation;
 Inserting in the Greek legislation (in this draft law or another law) the cooperative definition, values and principles enshrined in theStatement on the Cooperative Identity and inserted fully in ILO Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation n°193 (2002), which the Greek Government (like the Governments of all present members of the European Union) has formally approved;
 Enshrining the definition and key characteristics of social cooperatives as formulated respectively in the CICOPA 2011 World Standards of Social Cooperatives and the CICOPA 2003 World Declaration on Worker Cooperatives ;
Defining tax-related provisions, in particular regarding the employment of disadvantaged persons and the change of ownership in worker buyouts;
Providing the option that social cooperatives be multi-stakeholder, namely with different categories of members;
Differentiating more clearly, in the second degree structures of social cooperatives and worker cooperatives, representative associations from entrepreneurial consortia;
Instituting audit functions covering the proper implementation of the cooperative modus operandi, to be exercised by the representative associations through their own auditors in the case of affiliated cooperatives, and by the State in the case of non-affiliated ones, similarly to what is already in force in several EU countries.

2nd WORKSHOP ON: “Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem”

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Energy poverty constitutes a serious social problem in many European countries with multiple effects both on health and on the overall poverty, and affects more than 100.000.000 European citizens. In 2015, about 10% of EU citizens, experienced delays in the payment of public utilities bills (37% in the most affected member states). In 2014, 12% of EU citizens lacked sufficient heating in their homes 2014 (60% in the most affected member states), while 16% of the EU population resided, in accordance with the SILC statistics, in houses with dripping roofs and wet walls (33% in the most affected member states).

On Wednesday 29 June 2016, the 2nd workshop took place within the context of the development of the Policy Paper: “The status of Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem”. The main objective of the workshop was the exchange of views and ideas with national and EU stakeholders.

This initiative is the result of cooperation between the Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece, the social cooperative “Wind of Renewal” and the Institute for Zero Energy Buildings, which are active in the fields of ecology, energy efficiency and sustainable development, while both the first and the second workshop were supported by Athens Resilience and Sustainability office.

During the first part of the workshop the available national and European programs and innovative financial tools that could help to overcome energy poverty were discussed, in the light of social and green innovation. A significant number of experts and scientists dealing with this issue accepted the invitation – both from Greece and abroad. More specifically in the first part presented:

Ada Ámon – E3G
Energy efficiency as infrastructure and its role in alleviating fuel poverty

Adrian Joyce – Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign
Energy Poverty – The view from Brussels

Michalis Goudis – Housing Europe
Warm homes for all; How to tackle the challenge of our generation

Dr George Koutitas (CEO) – Gridmates Inc.
The smart giving of energy

• Dr Kostas Konstantinou – Anatoliki A.E.
Energy Services Companies in Greece

Alexis Panagiotopoulos – Ministry of Economy, Development & Tourism
Sources of financing in the context of the programming period 2014-2020

Nikos Gonis– Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Innovative financial tools and successful examples of their exploitation

Dr Evangelos Marinakis – National Technical University of Athens
Enhancing energy efficiency in buildings: needs and priorities for innovative investment tools

Evi Tzanakaki – Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Savings
Local authorities as a catalyst in tackling energy poverty

Constantinos Liveris – Employees Association of Social Housing (OEK)
Utilization of social housing in Greece

In the second part of the workshop the draft of the Policy Paper was presented and an open discussion followed with the participation of representatives from universities and municipalities as well as researchers, students and citizens.
Emphasis was given on the contribution of the green and social innovation in dealing with the phenomenon and proposals and comments on the draft were submitted.

The discussion was coordinated by Nikos Chrysogelos, president of social cooperative “Wind of Renewal”, Alice Corovessi and Eleftheria Touloupaki from the Institute of Zero Energy Buildings, Olga Drossou and Kyriaki Metaxa from the Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece.
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Conference «Social Policy and Social Innovation in Healthcare»

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Conference

«Social Policy and Social Innovation in Healthcare»

28 & 29 May 2016

P.E.D.A. conference room, 4, Kotsika str., Athens

The social cooperative Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal, the City of Athens, the Union of Municipalities of Attica (P.E.D.A.) and the Greek Green Cities Network are organising a conference on Social Innovation in Healthcare, focused mainly on in-home health care services. The conference will be held on 28 & 29 May 2016 at P.E.D.A. conference room (4, Kotsika str., Athens). The two-day event is under the auspices of the Hellenic Regulatory Body of Nurses and is organising with the support of the European Commission Representation in Greece and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Athens.

The aims of the conference are:

  • to present the Greek and European reality concerning the social innovation in the health sector, with emphasis on implemented pilot projects in-home health care services
  • to highlight the role of municipal clinics, social clinics and social pharmacies in reforming the current health care system,
  • to debate on the accreditation of social enterprises on health services and in-home health care services,
  • to contribute in the promotion of new approaches, good practices and social investments in actions which combine conventional social policy and social innovation in healthcare.

The conference addresses to the Greek doctors and nurses, the staff of municipal social services, the staff and volunteers of municipal clinics, social clinics and social pharmacies, the civil society organizations, mainly the patient organization, the students of relevant disciplines, as well as to the political and administrative staff of the Ministry of Health.

For registration and more information please contact: windofrenewal@gmail.com , (+30)2103803959

 

Programme

Saturday, 28 May 2016

09.30-10.00         Registration

10.00-10.10         Welcome speech by the President of the Union of Municipalities in Attica Hercules Gotsis

10.10-10.20         Introductory remarks by Aris Peroulakis, Deputy Head, European Commission Representation in Greece

10.20-12.00         Session Α: «Inhome healthcare services and the national health system – specialized actions, pilot projects, local initiatives»

10.20-10.30         Stratis Chatzicharalampous, Representative of the Ministry of Health

10.30-10.40         Athina Kalokairinou, Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

10.40-10.55         Athina Delidaki, Dora Pappa, General Oncology Hospital of Kifisia “Agioi Anargyroi”

10.55-11.05         Spyridoula Tsaroucha, nurse, “Merimna”

11.05-11.15         Dr. Aliki Tserkezoglou, Scientific Director, Galilee Palliative Care Unit

11.15-11.25         Dorothy Garoni, Psychologist-Psychotherapist, KLIMAKA

11.25-12.00         Q&A

Moderation        Savvakis Papadouris, Internist Oncologist, Stratos Tsellas, nurse, General Oncology Hospital of Kifisia “Agioi Anargyroi”

12.00-12.20         Coffee break

12.20-13.30         Session Β: «The European experience in inhome healthcare services and nursing, and community health systems»

12.20-12.35         Representative of European cooperative for in-home healthcare services and nursing (tbc)

12.35-12.50         Dr. Barbara Stiegler, Psychologist, expert in gender equality and in-home health care

12.50-13.05         Helmut Wallrafen, Director of SOZIAL-HOLDING, Municipality of Mönchengladbach, expert in in-home health care

13.05-13.30         Q&A

Moderation        Nikolaos Gavalakis, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Athens

13.30-15.15         Session C: «The role of local authorities and civil society on social innovation in healthcare: the European and Greek experience»

13.30-13.40         Eleftherios Ioannidis, Mayor of Kozani, President of the Greek Green Cities Network

13.40-13.50         Maria Stratigaki, Vice-Mayor of Athens for Social Solidarity, Welfare & Equality

13.50-14.00         Eleni Kantzeli, Vice-Mayor of Agios Demetrios for Social Care

14.00-14.10         Dimitrios Papastergiou, Mayor of Trikkaion

14.10-14.20         Charisis Papageorgopoulos, Executive Healthcare Consultant of Municipality of Zografou

14.20-14.30         Dr. Eliza Ferekidou, University of Athens Medical School, Biologist, Voluntary Program “Health Allies”: Needs assessment of senior citizens – members of Friendship Clubs, of Municipality of Athens

14.30-14.40         Tassos Sapounakis, social policy consultant of the City of Athens, economist – consultant of local authorities

14.40-15.15         Q&A

Moderation        Nikos Chrysogelos, President, Wind of Renewal

15.15–16.05        Light lunch

16.05-17.40         Session D: «The role of the civil society in the social innovation in healthcare »

16.05-16.15         Monika Dendrinou, Representative of the Association of In-home healthcare in Syros (skype)

16.15-16.25         Maria Kataki, Representative of the Annoussakio Foundation, Kissamos Ctete (skype)

16.25-16.35         Ioanna Georgakopoulou, Psychologist, Institute of Mental Health of Children and Adults

16.35-16.45         Avra Panagopoulou, Health Visitor, Head of the Office for Health Protection and Promotion, Municipality of Zografou

16.45-17.00         Achilleas Vassilikopoulos, Yiorgos Kesisoglou, Scientific Association for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support “SYMPLEFSI”

17.00-17.10         Dr Christos Kleisiaris, Assistant Professor in Primary & Home Care Nursing, Nursing Department, Technological Educational Institute of Crete. “Health outcomes and perspectives of using wireless community networks in a community-dwelling population: An example from Sarantaporo.gr”

17.10-17.40         Q&A

Moderation        Eleftherios Ioannidis, Mayor of Kozani, President of the Greek Green Cities Network

17.40-18.30         Session Ε: «Social and Green Innovation in Health»

17.40-18.00         Athanasios Atsalis, Sevastanos Moirasgentis, Christos Tourkolias

18.00-18.15         Ioannis Paravantis, Assistant Professor, University of Piraeus

18.15-18.30         Q&A

Moderation        Nikos Chrysogelos, President, Wind of Renewal

 

 

Sunday, 29 May 2016

11.00-13.00         Parallel working groups

Working group 1: «The synergies and the role of the central state , the civil society organizations and health personnel on in-home health care services»

Moderation        Stratis Chatzicharalampous, Representative of the Ministry of Health

Working group 2: «Institutional and regulation aspects of the operation of in-home healthcare in Greece»

Moderation        Stratos Tsellas, nurse, General Oncology Hospital of Kifisia “Agioi Anargyroi”

13.00-13.30         Conclusions – Closure

Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem

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“The status of Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem”.

Athens, May 4th 2016

A recent study conducted by the European Parliament showed that 36% of Greek households were experiencing energy/fuel poverty during 2013, in other words facing difficulties maintaining comfort conditions in their homes.

Three organizations, the  Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece, the social enterprise Wind of Renewal and the Institute of Zero Energy Buildings, active in the fields of ecology, energy savings and sustainability are joining their forces with the aim of publishing a policy paper with reference to “The status of Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem”.

Within this context, the aforementioned organizations in collaboration with the Athens Resilience and Sustainability office, organised the 1st workshop with the aim to enhance the dialogue among key stakeholders as well as to exchange ideas with focusing on the minimization of the energy poverty phenomenon in Greece. The workshop took place on April 20th 2016, and was the first of a series of preparatory actions in order to collect as much information and suggestions as possible, to be incorporated in the policy paper.

Participatory procedures gave the opportunity for an open discussion among representatives of institutional, academic and social/civil organizations, who responded positively to the invitation.  The dialogue was structured around 7 questions related to the causes and characteristics of the phenomenon, of energy poverty, and another 8 pertaining to policy change proposals and the active participation of the addressed citizens.

Representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Savings, the National Observatory of Athens, the Technical Assistance for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Greece – GIZ, attended the workshop on behalf of various institutional sectors.

The Academic sector was represented by professors from the University of Athens, the National Technical University of Athens, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Technical Education Institute of Athens. The workshop was also attended by representatives from municipalities located within the Attica Prefecture. More specifically, the Athens Resilience and Sustainability Office – Municipality of Athens, the Municipality of Agios Dimitrios, the Municipality of Egaleo and the Municipality of Nea Smirni.

Furthermore, representatives from the Greek Ombudsman – Independent Authority, the Employees Association of Social Housing, the Citizen’s Inspectorate for Sustainable Development, Greenpeace and the Hellenic Passive House Institute contributed to the discussions, while a number of students, researchers, journalists, MEP’s associates and citizens were present and joined the dialogue.

A second workshop will follow in mid-June where the first draft of the policy paper will be presented. Stakeholders from various sectors will have the opportunity to provide feedback which may be incorporated prior to its finalisation. The final edition of the policy paper is scheduled to be presented in September 2016.

Conference: Social Innovation in Healthcare, 28-29 May 2016

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Conference on Social Innovation in Health care

Athens, 28-29 May 2016

Healthcare landscape is dramatically changing today, along with issues such as an aging society, expanding lifestyle related diseases and the ongoing financial crisis. The social innovation in healthcare entrenches problems through interdisciplinary and intersectoral approaches and innovative business models, including new processes like reorganised care-pathways; community health models, home visiting and in-home health care services, new products like mobile applications for health and e-health; new practices that include patient empowerment and participation and health care reforms focused on population health outcomes.

In this context, the social cooperative Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal, in cooperation with the City of Athens and the Greek Green Cities Network, and with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Greece and Frienrich Ebert Stiftung, are organising a conference on Social Innovation in Healthcare, focused mainly on in-home health care services. The conference will be in Athens on Saturday, 28 May and Sunday, 29 May 2016.

The aim of the conference is:

  • to present the Greek and European reality concerning the social innovation in the health sector, with emphasis on implemented pilot projects in-home health care services
  • to identify the existing problems and the immediate priorities, concerning in-home health care models
  • to highlight the role of “municipal clinics”, “social clinics” and “social pharmacies” in reforming the current health care system,
  • to debate on the accreditation of social enterprises on health services and in-home health care services
  •  to disseminate good practices,
  • to contribute in the development of a sustainable policy for strategies, practices and social investments in actions which combine conventional social policy and social innovation in healthcare.

Target groups

  • Doctors and nurses, academia’s, practitioners
  • Staff of municipal social services
  • Staff and volunteers of municipal clinics, social clinics and social pharmacies
  • Civil society organisations, e.g. patient organisations, NGOs
  • Students of relevant disciplines
  • Political and administrative staff of the Ministry of Health and Local Authorities

Structure

The two-day event will combine panels, where innovators and experts from Greece and other EU countries will be asked to share their solutions and experience, and workshops, where the participating groups will exchange views on different aspects of the issue.

During the first day, the main sessions will focus on:

  • In-home healthcare services and the national health system – specialized actions, pilot projects, local initiatives
  • The European experience in in-home healthcare services and nursing, and community health systems
  • The role of local authorities and civil society on social innovation in healthcare: the European and Greek experience
  • Round table: The European policy and the European Parliament for social innovation in healthcare

The workshops of the second day will focus on:

  • The synergies and role of the central state, the civil society organizations and the health staff on in-home healthcare
  • Institutional aspects concerning the operation of in-home healthcare in Greece

Contact: windofrenewal@gmail.com

tel 00302103803959

 

Social Entrepreneurship Forum 2015

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The 2nd Social Entrepreneurship Forum took place on 9-10 November at the Agricultural University of Athens (Find the program and available material here). Numerous participants – social enterprises, stakeholders and support organisations for social enterprises and social economy – addressed matters relating to cooperation, networking and self-organization of the social enterprise community. A number of critical issues emerged and was discussed thoroughly; the need for networking and cooperation between social enterprises and support organizations, the demand for commonly accepted practices as well as structures for the development of the ecosystem in general and in particular for stakeholders’ education, the support of efforts in their infancy, the development of appropriate financial and funding tools. Above all, the protection of the community from isolated phenomena that can compromise the whole.

The event provided a platform for the development of the necessary openness and trust, to stimulate dialogue on shared values and practices, opportunities and concerns, dissemination of good practices, learning from one another, both in Greece and elsewhere in Europe.

The Social Entrepreneurship Forum 2015 reached a Declaration agreed on a Framework of Principles and Values, which will form the basis of a Code of Conduct which we intend to co-shape by March 2016 at the latest. It, also, includes the commitment to create a common on-line platform based on the principles of the Commons (Commons – Creative Commons) that will provide accurate and timely information about social enterprises and social economy and innovative tools for the communication of community and coordination of networking and empowerment activities at local, regional, national and EU level as well as for concerted presence in social media.

It is a common desire for the Social Entrepreneurship Forum not only to develop in an annual institution for dialogue, information and networking but also to become in the future the capstone of coordinated and well organized thematic or regional meetings that will bring experience, recommendations, and joint initiatives to the Forum.

Available material of the Forum you can find in the Forum’s website www.seforum.gr

Green regional development

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In the context of greening regional development social cooperative “Anemos Ananeosis” and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Greece organize a series of activities with the aim to strengthen the capacities of social, professional and regional stakeholders, as well as of local authorities for the implementation of plans of ecological and social innovation and the full utilization of national and European funding opportunities. Networking and collaboration among the actors for such plans’ development and implementation is a key element in the planned actions, the majority of which is to be realized in strong collaboration with the Greek Green Cities Network.

Among planned activities is a series of capacity building seminars where good practices and models on green economic activities from several areas and countries will be presented and the road for their transfer and adaptation to the regional and local context will be discussed. In addition funding opportunities provided by the “Partnership Agreement/National Strategic Reference Network” 2014-2020, on issues such as the following will be recorded and presented to local authorities representatives, staff, members of the local civil society, social entrepreneurs, citizens tailored to their needs and visions for their city’s future.

  • Urban regeneration towards ecological and social direction
  • Green jobs
  • Energy saving and transition to 100% renewable energy
  • Promotion of energy cooperatives in schools
  • Sustainable forest management and fire prevention
  • Sustainable transport plans
  • New tourism models which combine sustainable economic activity with environmental protection and culture
  • Low energy consumption or zero-emission ships
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Sustainable public procurements

The first seminar took place in March in Kozani, the city in presidency of the Greek Green Cities Network. The second seminar followed in the city of Chania, Crete in May, the third one in Agios Dimitrios, Attica on 23 and the last one in Drama in November.