The efforts of the responsible department of European Programmes were crowned with success and it is now a fact that the Municipality of Central Corfu and Diapontian Islands is included in the European Commission’s programme “100 Intelligent Cities Challenge” which concerns the transition of integrated cities to the Digital Age between them and the City of Corfu.

The Municipality of Central Corfu and Diapontian Islands, after hard work, submitted an application to participate in 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge – ICC on May 29, 2020 and the approval reached the office of the responsible Deputy Mayor, Panagiota Tzanne last Friday.

The ICC is a programme that has a duration of 2.5 years, is prepared (hence the corresponding invitation) by the European Commission itself and starts in September this year and will be completed in 2023.

The whole initiative of the European Commission was based on the success of a previous programme which was implemented in the period 2017-2019 (DCC).

As the Mayor of Central Corfu and the Diapontian Islands, Meropi Ydraiou, pointed out during a joint interview with the responsible Deputy Mayor, Panagiota Tzanne, and the Scientific Advisor, Mr. Victor Dimoulis, this specific programme is an excellent opportunity for the newly formed municipality of Central Corfu and the Diapontian Islands in order to be able to effectively face, very important challenges which require the expertise and assistance of the experts in the field.

Mrs. Ydraiou gave her warm congratulations to the responsible Deputy Mayor, Mrs. Tzanne Panagiota and to the Scientific Advisor of the Municipality, Mr. Dimoulis Victor not only for the achieved results, but also for the entire effort. She also expressed the belief that “our Municipality for the first time ever is part of the main scene of the EU while successfully achieving optimistic and positive results in a highly competitive programme. The Municipality of Central Corfu and the Diapontian Islands is now given the opportunity of being part of the European challenges.  As it can be understood we are upgrading the level of our Municipality and we have the opportunity to upgrade also the standard of living of our residents and of our communities and in general rise to a whole different level.

In her statement, the responsible Deputy Mayor Panagiota Tzanne, referred to the axes on which the proposal of the city of Corfu was based on. These are:

  • Waste management and circular economy 
  • e-Government and digitising public services 
  • Smart and green mobility and transport
  • Scaling up renewable energy solutions and energy-efficiency 

The responsible Deputy Mayor, Mrs Panagiota Tzanne announced that she participates in the whole project as Project Manager, in direct collaboration with the Scientific Advisor of the Municipality Mr. Victor Dimoulis as Assistant Project Manager, in conjunction with a) Professor Markos Avlonitis as a representative of the Department of Informatics of the Ionian University and b) Mr. John Metallinos , the President of the Corfu Regional Department of the TEE, who are also participating in the Corfu’s ICC Team.

On his part, the Scientific Advisor Mr. Victor Dimoulis, pointed out, among other things: “We are the only European island, at least of our size, that succeeded to participate in this programme. In this way, we want to be transformed by a negative example in Europe over the years, perhaps in a source of inspiration for the rest of the European islands and to show how successful can be the transition in about 2.5 years. The programme will be able to help our island to implement the recent European Green Deal and the transition in the Digital Age. All this help that we will receive straight from the EU will at least enable us with less staff, equipment and problems to reach where the former unified Municipality of Corfu should have reached a long time ago. ”

As it was clarified, the programme does not offer financial support, but guidance and advices from experts, a fact which provide the opportunity for the first time to the Municipality for networking and be supported by the EU. Thus, the Municipality will become competitive to European funding Programmes related to smart cities, sustainable / green development, quality of life and new technologies.