The integrated project LIFE-IP CEI-Greece, of 8 years duration, has recently entered dynamically it’s 2nd phase, with significant achievenments  during the 1st preparatory stage, including a large number of completed deliverables that were prepared under the difficult circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the succesful completion of the 1st phase of LIFE-IP CEI-Greece, the project team submitted recently to the European Agency for Climate, Infrastructure and the Environment  (CINEA) the 1st Interim Report, including all the completed deliverables as well as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The 1st Interim Report comprises of a detailed description of the project results so far, including learning achievements for all project partners, through the implementation of preparatory actions.

At the end of November 2021 the 3rd Monitoring visit of LIFE-IP CEI-Greece was succesfully completed on line with the participation of CINEA Project Adviser, Mr. Aurelio Politano and the monitoring team members from NEEMO EEIG Ms Sophia Papageorgiou and Elias Demian (Technical Monitors) as well as Krystof Sembera (Financial Monitor). During the meeting a constructive dialogue evolved, between project partners and the monitoring team, highlighting the results so far and the project’s importance in supporting the national plans on waste management and circular economy implementation (National Waste Management Plan, National Plan for Waste Management Prevention, National Strategy on Circular Economy).

The project LIFE-IP CEI-Greece, according to the grant agreement and, having considered the latest developments and dynamics (i.e. national legal framework) proceeded with some essential changes and/or enrichment of certain actions in order to support its broader targets. In particular:

  • The inclusion of a new associated beneficiary for the implementation of demonstration actions on excess food and food waste prevention (the Central Market of Thessaloniki S.A.)
  • The compilation of a special programme on food waste prevention and the improvement of data – the relevant knowledge base – on waste treatment, in the context of action A1.1.
  • The production of Booklets (Guides) with specific guidelines for municipalities and the general public, regarding the seperate collection of household hazardous waste, the PAYT system and the operation of Green Centres, in order to support the practices of Reuse, Separate Collection and Recycling, in the context of action A3.2.
  • The finalization of the sites for the 3 Enhanced Green Centres of the project, with one being in the Municipality of Thessaloniki and two in Attica (Municipality of Athens and Municipality of Vari, Voula, Vouliagmeni).

The begining of Phase II

A number of important concrete implementation actions (C) as well as monitoring the impact of the project actions (D), start in the 2nd phase of the project, such as: the construction and operation of 3 Enhanced Green Centres (EGCs), the development and operation of 5 integrated waste management systems, implementing the principle of waste hierarchy as well as the new legal framework for waste in isolated pilot areas (C2), the full scale implementation of a collection network and a management system for household hazardous waste in the Region of Western Macedonia and the Municipality of Athens (C3), the development of a platform in order to monitor and manage the prevention of food waste (C4.2), demonstration actions for food excess and food waste prevention (C4.3), the development of local/regional alliances for waste management in the agrofood sector (C5), the implementation of economic instruments towards the support of CE (C6), capacity building actions with special seminars, food waste prevention forums and long distance training (C7), the monitoring of CE indicators at national level for basic sectors and value chains (D2) and monitoring the impact of pilot and demonstration actions (D3).

The list of completed and approved from the appropriate management structures deliverables of Phase I, follows:

A1.2 Stakeholders engagement and needs assessment

  • A1D2 Report on stakeholder mapping at national, regional and local level
  • A1D3 Report on data collection from stakeholders
  • A1D4 Training needs assessment and stakeholder engagement plan

A1.3 Inception studies for the implementation of economic instruments

  • A1D6 Preliminary study for application of PAYT at MoVVV and existing situation at national level

A2 Preparatory technical and economic studies for Circular Economy demonstration projects

A2.1 Preparation for the Enhanced Green Centres

  • A2D1 Technical preliminary study, Municipality of Thessaloniki EGC
  • A2D2 A technoeconomic analysis, Municipality of Thessaloniki EGC
  • A2D4A Technical preliminary study, Municipality of Athens EGC
  • A2D4B Technical preliminary study, Municipality of Vari, Voula, Vouliagmeni EGC
  • A2D5A A technoeconomic analysis, Municipality of Athens EGC
  • A2D5B A technoeconomic analysis, Municipality of Vari, Voula, Vouliagmeni EGC

A2.4 Preparatory studies for the integrated management of  hazardous household waste (HHW)

  • A2D19 Report (study) on the integrated study of household hazardous waste (HHW) in the Western Macedonia Region
  • A2D20 Report (study) on the integrated study of household hazardous waste (HHW) in the Municipality of Athens

A3 Assessment of potential and support for the implementation of Circular Economy in Key Sectors

A3.3 Review of existing food waste prevention programmes (measurements/estimations/existing monitoring platforms and practices

  • A3D5 : Report on the existing food waste prevention programmes and initiatves and their relevance and transferability at local, national and EU level


C4 Food waste prevention

C4.3 Excess food and food waste prevention demonstration actions

  • C4D9 Specifications of the open call for innovative demonstration actions on food waste prevention


D1 Development of Circular Economy Indicators at national scale and for key economic sectors and value chains

  • D1D1 Literature review on circular economy indicators
  • D1D2 Indicators, methodologies and data collection protocols/sources for monitoring Circular Economy in Greece
  • D1D3 Blueprint for the Circular Economy Observatory

D4 Socieconomic impact assessment

  • D4D1 Social LCA methodology for the LIFE-IP CEI-Greece demonstration areas


E1 Public awareness, involvement and dissemination

E1.1 Σχέδιο διάχυσης των αποτελεσμάτων του έργου και επικοινωνιακή στρατηγική

  • E1D1 Dissemination and communication strategy

E1.2 Public opinion research and focus groups

  • E1D2 Report on the outcomes of the 1st wave of Public Opinion research

E1.3 Recycling, repair and reuse experiential park in Thessaloniki

  • E1D4 Report describing the detailed design of the Recycling, Reuse, Repair Experiential Park

E1.5 Information/audiovisual material development

  • E1D7 LIFE-IP CEI Greece, project leaflet in Greek and English
  • Ε1D8 LIFE-IP CEI Greece, Banners
  • Ε1D9 LIFE-IP CEI Greece, Radio spot
  • Ε1D10 LIFE-IP CEI Greece, Video spot

E1.9 Project conferences

  • E1D16 LIFE-IP CEI Greece 1st Conference proceedings


F1 Overall project management and monitoring of project progress

F1.1 Establishment and operation of  project management structures

  • F1D1 Project coordination and management protocol
  • F1D2 Pilots Coordination Group operational plan
  • F1D3 Dissemination & Communication Strategy Group operational plan
  • F1D4 Green Procurement Guide

F2 Complementary Funding Monitoring and Mobilization

F2.1 Complementary Funds Committee

  • F2D1 Complementary Funds Commitee operational plan