The fifth Interregional Event took place in Kozani (Greece) on May 3rd and 4th 2017. It was organized by the Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences (TEIWM). The Event included an Interregional Workshop presenting Financial Instruments best practices from Greece and other countries.

Representative examples of sustainability, efficiency, utilization of renewable energy sources (RES) and of successful Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Western Macedonia were selected as study visits. Thus, the sites visited were the Mpodosakeio Hospital of Promelaida (EEA Grants RES project) and the West Macedonia Solid Waste Management System - EPADYM SA (PPP - Jessica Project).

During these visits, experiences were analyzed and shared in different fields, such as the integration of solar thermal panels in special-use buildings (hospitals) and the complexity and legislative process of PPP projects.

The Financial Instruments for Energy Renovation Policies (FINERPOL Project) aims to increase the rate of the refurbishment of buildings to raise their energy efficiency, by improving access to investment finance. It is supported by European Regional Development Funding provided through the Interreg Europe Programme.


Among the speakers were included representatives of:

   - Western Macedonia Regional Authority

   - TEIWM

   - Centre of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

   - Greek Government & Infrastructure Advisory, Grant Thornton.

   - Western Macedonia municipal authorities (Kozani, Ptolemaida).

With these instruments, the Region seeks to achieve the European Union environmental and economic targets for 2030, following the path marked by the Regional Operational Program (ROP-RWM). 

The workshop was attended by almost 100 attendants & stakeholders and 230 students with the representation of different sectors: public administration, regional public administration, municipalities, financial institutions, research organizations, construction sectors, consulting companies, etc.