Inclusive Cities for All

Pledge 13- Athens

Pledge 13- Athens

  • City: Athens
  • Name: Lefteris Papagiannakis
  • Position: Deputy mayor of Athens
  • Intro: We aim to develop as an inclusive and resilient city with the active participation of all residents including migrants and refugees
  • Country: Greece

On 30 January 2019, Athens became the 13th city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Mayor Georgios Kaminis signed a strong commitment to principle 1 on education and principle 3 on equal opportunities.

To promote lifelong learning, Athens is delivering an Action Plan with specific measures to:

  • Transform municipal spaces into learning and sports spaces to respond to real time needs of residents for learning and skill building.
  • Develop and support small-scale learning projects (e.g. grassroots initiatives) that are open and free to the public.
  • Link learning with community-building through participatory planning, community engagement and accessibility for all in order to achieve integration and social cohesion.

To ensure equal opportunities, Athens is offering basic services to all residents regardless of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. This is done by:

  • Expanding service provision with support from the European Social Fund to create Community Centres, Centres for Migrant Integration and the Centre for Roma Inclusion.
  • Training municipal staff to provide non-discriminatory and equal access to services to all residents
    increasing capacity for service delivery by collaborating with relevant state actors and NGOs.

Mayor Georgios Kaminis said: A stronger Europe is only possible if all actors take an active part in building and delivering an effective social policy. Athens aims to develop as an inclusive, sustainable and resilient city with the participation and active involvement of all its residents”.