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Regeneration of the coastal area of Thessaloniki

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Coastline in a city on a sunny day

On 28 October 2022, the Policy Learning Platform organised a matchmaking in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France on the governance and continuity of blue-green infrastructure in coastal regions. 

Our experts Astrid Severin and Magda Michalikova, moderated the session which was organised at the request of the Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia, Greece.


The main challenge

 Creating a new coastal area with free public spaces, a unified route of 40km, a cycling route and a connection to the sea while greening the city.


  • Chrysanthi Kiskini, Head of the Department of European Union projects, Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia
  • Lambrini Tsoli, Department of European Union projects, Regional Development Fund of Central Macedonia
  • Alexandra Maccario, Cagnes-sur-Mer Municipality (France)
  • Dr. Marta Jacuniak-Suda, Department for Regional Development Weser-Ems (Germany)
  • Anda Ruskule, Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia (Latvia)
  • John Jones, Norfolk County Council (United Kingdom)
  • Francesco Scorza, University of Basilicata (Italy)
  • James Nicolaï, Elected of the Municipality of Cagnes-sur-Mer, Europe and innovation
  • Marie-Caroline Vallon, Région Sud, direction of energy transition and territories 
  • Thorsten Kohlisch, Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform Project Manager
  • Astrid Severin, Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform Thematic Expert, Environment and resource efficiency
  • Magda Michalikova, Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform Thematic Expert, Environment & resource efficiency
  • Eugénie Suplisson, Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform Events Expert
Key takeaways
  • A vision underpinning your long-term objectives is the first step to build a coherent and comprehensive project for the regeneration of the coastal area in Thessaloniki
  • From the vision, a number of key fields of action will be identified: e.g. sustainable tourism, nature protection, coastal flood defence and protection. Such an identification process should be done jointly with key stakeholders
  • Communicate the message in the right way to the right people
  • Citizens’ involvement is important from the beginning as well as ensuring mechanisms that allow their proactive participation
  • Norfolk has established a core management group with the municipalities in order to pool competencies and funding: relevant governance structures should be foreseen

Explore the rest of the takeaways in the follow-up note! In it, you will find the host’s policy challenges and all the peer suggestions.

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