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The global objective of the IPA Greece/FYRMacedonia is to bring convergence in the programme area by promoting sustainable local development. Within this framework this project aims to enhance the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of environmental protection.

To manage this target, the project will develop a mechanism of educating the local population and SMEs on the optimum methods of recycling and waste management and in the same time will promote the target of environmental protection by promoting system that are following environmental friendly methods of recycling and waste management.

The project focuses on SMEs, as they are the main business model in the region and thus it is evident the project’s success is based on them. Initiative was taken by the City of Thessaloniki and the University of Aristotle  to identify the best ways to promote regional sustainable development through the protection of environment.