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Important Distinction of the Civil Engineering Department: Financing Research through the new European Programme ΙNTERREG BALKAN-MEDITERRANEAN 2014-2020

Important Distinction of the Civil Engineering Department: Financing Research through the new European Programme ΙNTERREG BALKAN-MEDITERRANEAN 2014-2020

The Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Thessaly announces its participation as a partner / beneficiary in the project "Urban water-energy cycle: from its source to its end-users and back to the environment - WATenERgy CYCLE" (Financing: Transnational Cooperation Programme Interreg Balkan- Mediterranean 2014-2020, 1st Call for Proposals). Coordinator of the project proposal was Associate Professor V. Kanakoudis.
Specifically, 384 proposals were submitted by the 5 countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) participating in the Transnational Cooperation Program, of which 37 were approved (9.6% success rate) and WATenERgy CYCLE proposal received the highest score.
WATenERgy CYCLE research project aim is to promote innovative technologies and strengthen transnational cooperation to improve environmental protection and water resources efficiency and energy efficiency among the 5 countries involved. For the implementation of the project, the University of Thessaly will cooperate with the following organizations at national and European level: 1) Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company of Larissa, Greece (Lead Partner), 2) Special Secretariat for Water, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece 3) Municipal Enterprise of Water Supply and Sewerage of Kozani, Greece, 4) Joint Stock Company Water Supply and Sewerage Korce, Albania, 5) Water Board of Nicosia, Cyprus, 6) Bulgarian Water Association, Bulgaria, 7) Public Communal Enterprise Water supply and Sewerage-Prilep, FYROM, 8) National Federation of Water Associations (EurEau), EU as an observer, 9) Water Supply and Sewer Association of Albania, Albania as an observer.
It is worth noting that EurEau's involvement ensures the European dimension in the joint formulation of drinking water lifecycle policies, in line with the EU 2020 Strategy, specifically on climate change and energy efficiency objectives and in line with the objectives of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC. The coordination of the research project by the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Thessaly will contribute to linking academic research with the needs of the market to create mechanisms for detecting potential entrepreneurship and research excellence, especially in the field of drinking water management.

Further information:
Associate Professor Vasilis Kanakoudis (bkanakoud@uth.gr )