NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

ΣΥΝΑΝΤΗΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ ΕΣΩΤΕΡΙΚΩΝ Μ. ΒΟΡΙΔΗ ΜΕ ΤΟ ΔΙΚΤΥΟ ΣΥΝΕΡΓΑΣΙΑΣ ΔΗΜΩΝ Π.Ε. ΝΗΣΩΝ ΑΤΤΙΚΗΣ

A meeting with the Minister of Interior Makis Voridis was held by the executives of the Municipal Cooperation Network of Attica Islands on Wednesday 28.9.2022, at the Network’s offices in Piraeus. The meeting included a detailed presentation of the Network's innovative activity in the fields of technical support to its member-municipalities and use of Community funds, as well as a discussion on issues related to strengthening the development role of municipalities and development entities.

The highlight of the Network's activity to date is the conclusion of a Programme Contract with the Municipality of Poros for the multi-annual support of its current and future projects by providing qualified personnel of 6 people assisting the 3 permanent engineers of the Municipality, which, after the approval of the Court of Auditors, is the first in the country to fully use the possibilities offered by the modern legal framework (ά.12&44 of L.4412/2016, ά.4 of L.4674/2020, ά.9 of L.4782/2021). Furthermore, the Network has shown remarkable activity in the management of the CLLD/LEADER Program, through which in recent years €13.5 million have been raised and 84 private and 41 public projects have been implemented in the 8 municipalities that are members of the Network.

The meeting was attended by the President of the Network Mayor of Kythera Stratos Charchalakis, the Mayor of Poros Yiannis Dimitriadis, the Mayor of Aegina Yiannis Zorbas, the MP of Kozani Giorgos Amanatidis, the Network Manager Marinis Beretsos, the technical advisor Dimitris Bogiatzis and other members of the Network.

ΣΥΝΑΝΤΗΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ ΕΣΩΤΕΡΙΚΩΝ Μ. ΒΟΡΙΔΗ ΜΕ ΤΟ ΔΙΚΤΥΟ ΣΥΝΕΡΓΑΣΙΑΣ ΔΗΜΩΝ Π.Ε. ΝΗΣΩΝ ΑΤΤΙΚΗΣ

Ο ΔΗΜΟΣ ΠΟΡΟΥ ΣΤΗ ΔΙΕΘΝΗ ΤΟΥΡΙΣΤΙΚΗ EΚΘΕΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΡΙΣΙΟΥ

The Municipality of Poros participated in another important international event for its tourism promotion, in view of the next tourist year.

Our Municipality participated, as co-exhibitor of the Region of Attica, in the tourism exhibition IFTM Top Resa which took place in Paris from 20 to 23 September 2022, at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center.

The Municipality of Poros was represented, as always, by the Vice President of the Tourism Committee Tasos Fiakas, who made contacts with tour operators, influencers and media, through printed and digital material and through the official tourism website visitporos.com .

We are particularly grateful for the productive and stable cooperation of the Region of Attica, the Regional Governor G. Patoulis, the Delegated Councillor for Tourism Th. Koutsogiannopoulos and the personnel of the Directorate for Tourism.

Ο ΔΗΜΟΣ ΠΟΡΟΥ ΣΤΗ ΔΙΕΘΝΗ ΤΟΥΡΙΣΤΙΚΗ EΚΘΕΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΡΙΣΙΟΥ

Συνάντηση του Δημάρχου Πόρου με τον Περιφερειάρχη Αττικής

The Mayor of Poros I. Dimitriadis, met with the Regional Governor G. Patoulis, and the Regional Vice Governor of Islands V. Theodorakopoulou- Bogri, on Thursday 17.9.2022 at the offices of the Region in Athens. The main issue that the Mayor of Poros raised to Mr. Patoulis was the urgent need to sign Programme Contracts between the Municipality and the Region, in order to activate the financing of four actions for the Municipality which cost a total of €1.17 million and have long been included in the budget of the Region. Mr. Patoulis admitted that there is a delay in supporting the actions of the Municipality of Poros and committed that this will be immediately remedied, while Mr. Dimitriadis replied that compliance with this commitment will be a progress that will fully satisfy the Municipality, considering that during the current election cycle not a single Programme Contract has been signed with the Region.

In addition, Mr. Dimitriadis presented to Mr. Patoulis the financial deadlock caused since 2010 to the Municipalities of Poros, Spetses, Trizinia-Methana, Agkistri and Aegina the obligation to transport their waste to mainland Attica, because of which the cost of depositing at the Fili Landfill is twice as much for them as compared to the rest of the Municipalities of Attica. The Mayor of Poros pointed out that this is an unfair and illegal treatment and highlighted that the 5 Municipalities are asking for the full subsidy of transport costs and are now turning to the Council of State and the civil Courts against EDSNA [Special Interdivisional Association of the Prefecture of Attica] (which is under the Region’s control). Finally, during the meeting the intention of the Region to finance the restoration of K.E. Poros sports field was extensively discussed and there was full agreement that this can only be achieved if the Navy agrees to grant the use of the field to the Municipality. On this matter, there was also agreement to issue a joint press release and send a joint letter to the Chief of Hellenic Navy General Staff (H.N.G.S).

Συνάντηση του Δημάρχου Πόρου με τον Περιφερειάρχη Αττικής

We inform you that on Tuesday 13.9.2022 at 08:00-12:00 a scheduled water supply interruption shall take place throughout the land area of the Municipality of Poros in order to carry out network maintenance-improvement works.

On Thursday 8.9.2022 at the New Western Port of Poros we
exchange Recyclable Materials with points for purchases from large businesses

On Thursday 8.9.2022 the monthly visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:00.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information about the program visit the website  www.thegreencity.gr  or call:  2109215000.

ΟΛΟΚΛΗΡΩΘΗΚΑΝ ΟΙ ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ «ΣΥΝΟΡΙΑΚΑ ΤΗΣ ΝΕΟΤΕΡΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ - 2022»

The fifth event of “Synoriaka” of Modern Greece was successfully held on 1-3 September 2022, after a two-year mandatory interruption due to the coronavirus pandemic. The events, which have been designated as a local holiday since 2018, commemorate the anniversary of the conference held in the autumn of 1828 at the port of Poros between Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias and the ambassadors of England, France and Russia, during which the great diplomatic victory of defining the first borders of the Greek State on the Amvrakikos-Pagasitikos line was achieved.

The events began on Thursday 1 September with the presentation of the book “Poros in 1821” by Bampis Andrianopoulos, Bampis Kanatsidis, Spyros Manesis, Yiannis Maniatis and the Mayor Yiannis Dimitriadis and, then, on Friday with the concert of the Hellenic Naval band and the local artist of the Greek National Opera Angeliki Marinakis in Heroes Square. The celebrations were completed on Saturday; in the morning there was a praise ceremony at the Church of St. George and a wreath laying ceremony at the bust of Ioannis Kapodistrias, while in the evening the Locomondo concert took place at the Russian bay, where more than 2,000 spectators enjoyed themselves and danced to the rhythms of the band.

During his speech at the main event on Friday, the Mayor Ioannis Dimitriadis highlighted that the event of “Synoriaka” is an opportunity for the Municipality to express its dissatisfaction with the long-standing neglect of the island in key sectors of responsibility of the central government, such as health, education, sports and security. The last straw in this situation is the imminent signing of the Presidential Decree for the creation of an industrial zone for fish farms on the island. As the Mayor pointed out, the message that the Municipality is sending to the State on the occasion of “Synoriaka” is that the residents of Poros should be treated immediately as equal Greek citizens, so that their current dissatisfaction turns into gratitude to those who resolve those issues and not into anger.

The Deputy Minister of Labor Domna Michaelidou, the Members of Parliament for Piraeus and Islands Noni Dounia and Nikos Manolakos, the Mayor of Hydra Giorgos Koukoudakis, the Commander of K.E. Poros, representatives of the local security forces and representatives of local authorities honored the events with their presence.

Sponsors of the events were::
• Hellenic Navy
• Κ.Ε. Poros (Training Center)
• Hellenic Seaways
• Saronic Ferries
• White Cat
• Aspros Gatos by Kouzino-Therapy
• Hotel Agyra
• Hotel Manessi
• Hotel Pavlou
• Hotel Christina – Perlia
• Russian Bay
• «Lemonodasos» (Dimitris Vlachos)
• Τζων Νάκης boat (John Nakis)
• Maria Zenteli (graphic design)
• Mayor of Poros Ioannis Dimitriadis

ΟΛΟΚΛΗΡΩΘΗΚΑΝ ΟΙ ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ «ΣΥΝΟΡΙΑΚΑ ΤΗΣ ΝΕΟΤΕΡΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ - 2022»

ΟΛΟΚΛΗΡΩΘΗΚΑΝ ΟΙ ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ «ΣΥΝΟΡΙΑΚΑ ΤΗΣ ΝΕΟΤΕΡΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ - 2022»

ΟΛΟΚΛΗΡΩΘΗΚΑΝ ΟΙ ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ «ΣΥΝΟΡΙΑΚΑ ΤΗΣ ΝΕΟΤΕΡΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ - 2022»

The Municipality of Poros provides information on public access to LOCOMONDO concert to be held at the bay of Russian Naval Base on Saturday 3 September:

Boat routes from the port (departure point of Neorio boat) to the Russian bay from 19:45 with immediate departure after the end of the concert (ticket price 2€).

✔ Constant municipal bus services to/ from Russian bay from 19:30, for the transport of disabled people, people over 65 years old, children and their companions. Free boarding – departure when seats are full.

✔ Instructions for vehicle access:
- Getting off/on and parking only on the main road.
- All vehicles should be parked in the direction of Neorio.
- It is not allowed to park on the road turn before the Russian bay (villa Leontopoulos), so that the vehicles can turn and stop.
- Exceptionally, taxis, disabled vehicles and motorcycles may enter the concert venue from the back dirt road. These vehicles shall be parked behind the monument and not beside it.

✔ There will be no municipal transport services in Sfairia on the evening of Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September.

The Municipality of Poros continues its important steps of extroversion by launching the English version of the website poros.gr , as well as publishing the Municipality's press releases in English.

The website poros.gr , which was launched in 2015 and updated in 2019, is the official website of the Municipality of Poros where all the information about the area and the operation of the Municipality is provided. At the same time, since 2020 there is also the bilingual official tourist website of the Municipality visitporos.com , an evolution of the «Poros Island my Guide» application which was launched for the first time in 2015 and provides visitors with all the necessary information about the local market. Finally, since the middle of 2022, there is the bilingual official website of the Municipal Port Organization portofporos.gr that includes all the information regarding the operation of the port of Poros.

The launch of the English version of poros.gr , as well as the publication of all press releases issued by the Municipality of Poros in English, which has started in the last few months, aims to inform foreign residents of our island about all issues concerning our region and the operation of our Municipality.

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ ΠΙΝΑΚΙΔΩΝ ΑΦΕΤΗΡΙΩΝ ΛΕΜΒΩΝ

After placing signs for the municipal transport of Sferia, our Municipality has now placed the same nice wooden signs for the local sea transport, informing people about the departure points and timetables of the boats.

The signs were placed at the docks of Neorio, Askeli and Monastery where the subsidized municipal boats are moored, as well as at the port, specifically at the departure point to Galata. Additionally, at the departure points to Neorio, Askeli and Aliki, portable signs were placed so that it is easier to understand exactly which boat is operating the route.

Finally, special signs, provided by the Municipality, were placed on the three boats (Τάκης-Κωνσταντίνος, Τζων Νάκης and Σωκράτης) that operate the routes to Neorio, Askeli and Aliki.

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ ΠΙΝΑΚΙΔΩΝ ΑΦΕΤΗΡΙΩΝ ΛΕΜΒΩΝ

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ ΠΙΝΑΚΙΔΩΝ ΑΦΕΤΗΡΙΩΝ ΛΕΜΒΩΝ

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ ΠΙΝΑΚΙΔΩΝ ΑΦΕΤΗΡΙΩΝ ΛΕΜΒΩΝ

The new updated site of Poros Municipal Port Organization is now running at www.portofporos.gr .

Detailed information concerning the operation of the port can be consulted on its webpages. In particular, there is information regarding mooring and provision of service, presentation of the central port, the Land Port Zone and the wider area of Poros including extracts from the Navigator «Greece, Sea Guide» provided by the Commodore (HELLENIC NAVY) and publisher N. Elias, while at the bottom of the webpage users can view live data from the Marine Traffic website as well as the weather forecast at windyty.com .

Users can also submit online applications and link to the website of Diavgeia. The site was created by New Tech Advs company.

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ ΜΠΑΡΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΠΙΝΑΚΙΔΩΝ ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΜΟΥ ΚΥΚΛΟΦΟΡΙΑΣ

The Municipality of Poros has placed barrier gates and roadblock signs on its forest roads, which will ensure the implementation of the Vice-Regional Governor’s decision prohibiting access to these areas during the days of fire risk levels 3, 4 and 5 (i.e. almost all summer days).

The same prohibition has already been in force “on paper” before 2014 for all the forest areas on the islands of Islands Regional Unit, but its implementation is not ensured (the police is supposed to patrol the blocked roads but is understaffed). For this reason, in the last few years our Municipality had proposed to Poros Forestry Department to place barrier gates, which was recently approved for 5 sites by decision of the Secretary General of Forests Mr. K. Aravosis, upon positive recommendation of the Forestry Department.

The barrier gates, which lock with a padlock that can only be opened by the local authorities, were placed on:
1) the paved roads from the sewage treatment plant to the area of Fusa,
2) the gravel road from the area of Vrysoyla to the sewage treatment plant,
3) the gravel road to Prophet Elias (from Agios Nektarios and from the camp).

Last but not least, it is noted that, according to a provision adopted this year by the Government, those working in forest areas, who in this case are the fish farm workers of Poros, are excluded from the prohibition. For this reason, the Municipality's request to place a barrier gate on the forest road to the areas of Bisti and Pyrkali was not approved. In short, the need for unhindered operation of the fish farm facilities in the forest of Poros is regarded by the State as superior to the need for forest protection. However, anyone can easily understand that any fish farm facility as well as the increase of the fish farming company's transports through the forest at times when the State itself considers any activity to be an imminent fire threat, can cause great danger.

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ ΜΠΑΡΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΠΙΝΑΚΙΔΩΝ ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΜΟΥ ΚΥΚΛΟΦΟΡΙΑΣ

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ ΜΠΑΡΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΠΙΝΑΚΙΔΩΝ ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΜΟΥ ΚΥΚΛΟΦΟΡΙΑΣ

Ο ΔΗΜΟΣ ΠΟΡΟΥ ΤΙΜΗΣΕ ΤΟΝ ΧΡΗΣΤΟ ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟ

In a ceremony held on the occasion of the opening of the painting exhibition “In The Same Waters” in the event hall of Syngrou building, the Municipality of Poros honored the local artist Christos Papadopoulos for his contribution to the culture of Poros. As stated by the Mayor Ioannis Dimitriadis: “Christos Papadopoulos’s work has transcended the boundaries not only of Poros, but also of Greece, adorning important buildings all over the world. Moreover, his artistic contribution to Poros is constant and multidimensional, as for years he has passed on his art to new generations by teaching at Poros Creative Activity Center, has designed the logo of the Municipality and has contributed to the upgrading of the island’s public spaces by painting signs for numerous local shops. For all these reasons, the Municipality and the Municipal Council had the duty to honor him for his long- standing contribution to the local culture”.

The artist, visibly moved, received the award and the medal from the Mayor, recounting some characteristic moments of his artistic career.

The opening of the exhibition, in which Christos Papadopoulos presents his works along with those of his daughter Gina until August 16, was attended by many friends of both artists, while the presence of the Regional Governor of Attica George Patoulis, the former Mayor of Poros and CEO of E.E.T.A [Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government] Spyros Spyridon as well as the deputy Mayors of the Municipality was a great honor.

Ο ΔΗΜΟΣ ΠΟΡΟΥ ΤΙΜΗΣΕ ΤΟΝ ΧΡΗΣΤΟ ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟ

Dear parents,
We would like to inform you that the submission of voucher applications for the Kindergarten and the Centre of Creative Activities for Children in the Municipality of Poros has started.
Those parents who would like to submit an application to receive this voucher and register their children in the Social Structures of the Municipality of Poros, could come either to the Children’s Creative Center, or to the offices of Social Services (former building of DIKEP, 2 nd floor) on the following days and hours, in order to complete their application with the assistance of the personnel.

Children’s Creative Center of Poros: Submission of application until Friday, August 12 from 10:00 to 14:00.
Social Services Office: Submission of application until Friday, August 12 from 09:30 to 13:30 by appointment.

• Both married parents should have their taxisnet codes.
• Divorced or separated parents should have the taxisnet codes of the parent who has the custody of the child/children.
It is mandatory for all parents to have submitted the tax return for the current year.
• Foreign parents should present a Certificate of Family Status issued in their country after 1.6.2021 AND its official translation.
• If there is a person with a disability in the family (parent or child), they will have to present the relevant certificate proving the disability (certificate of Disability Certification Center -KEPA-, etc.).
• Divorced or separated parents should provide a copy of the court judgment for the child’s custody or a copy of the joint custody judgment if joint custody has been appointed.

More information:
Social Services Office of Poros, tel. 2298029099.
Children’s Creative Center of Poros, tel. 2298022760.

Emergency fire protection actions of 218,779€ from the Municipality of Poros

A highly demanding and urgent process of contracting projects and works was completed by the Municipality of Poros in the past few days. In particular, on 22.6.2022 our Municipality (and 15 more Municipalities in the Region of Attica) was declared by the Secretary General for Civil Protection in “Emergency Readiness State of Civil Protection” and received a subsidy of 100,000€ under the decision of the Deputy Minister of Interior in order to implement fire protection measures (the same as in 47 other Municipalities). According to the above Decisions, these actions could be contracted under urgent procedures until 1.8.2022 and completed by 12.8.2022. Given these tight deadlines and unexpected Decisions, since the beginning of July our Municipality has reversed its priorities so as to take advantage of the emergency funding in addition to its already available resources. For these actions, within 3 weeks it was necessary -among other steps- to hold 13 emergency meetings of the Collective Bodies, to sign 2 Program Contracts with the Secretary General of Forests and, at last, to contract the following 7 actions with a total budget of 218,779€:

1) Cleaning up, improving accessibility and marking of forest hiking trails of 48.7 km - 94,000€ (funding from Philodimos Program 2)
2) Maintenance of tanks and fire-fighting assemblies and addition of fire hydrants – 36,828€
3) Maintenance of fire breaks – 25,726€
4) Maintenance of the firefighting system – 23,934€
5) Maintenance of boreholes – 12,948€
6) Upgrading works of the water main for fire protection in Lemon Grove (Lemonodasos) – 17,279€ (Municipality’s resources).
7) Barrier gates and signs supply for blocking the forest areas on high fire danger days – 7,500€ (Municipality’s resources).

The Municipality of Poros would like to thank the following for their cooperation: the Deputy Minister of Interior Mr. Petsas, the State Secretary for Environment & Energy Mr. G. Amiras, the Secretary General for Forests Mr. K. Aravosis and the competent officials of the Ministry, the Head of Forestry Department of Poros Mrs. Ath. Koutsoumpa and the forestry scientist Mr. P. Vourtsas, the forester of Piraeus Forestry Directorate Mr. Th. Kolovos, the members of Poros Local Coordination Body and, finally, the Municipality’s personnel who tried their best in order to complete the necessary procedures on time, without even causing any delay to other projects of the Municipality.

Please find attached the information regarding the scheduled events of our Municipality in the following days:

• Friday 5.8.2022, at 21:00 in the amphitheater of Syngrou building: Presentation of the book of the local historian Anastasios Karampampas, entitled "In the footsteps of the Jews of Greece".
• Saturday 6.8.2022, at 20:30 in the event hall of Syngrou building: Opening of the exhibition of paintings by Christos and Gina Papadopoulou. At the event, Christos Papadopoulos will be honored for his contribution to the culture of Poros. The exhibition will last until 16.8.2022.

Find attachment the relevant press release for the painting exhibition here.

ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ 5 & 6.8.2022

ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ 5 & 6.8.2022

On Thursday 4.8.2022 at the New Western Port of Poros we
exchange Recyclable Materials with points for purchases from large businesses

On Thursday 4.8.2022 the monthly visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:00.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information about the program visit the website  www.thegreencity.gr  or call:  2109215000.

The Municipality of Poros, due to the peak of the tourist season, appeals to residents, business owners and visitors to save as much water as possible, since the excessive water consumption that is already taking place threatens the adequacy of the water supply capacity of the boreholes, the proper operation of the denitrification system and the firefighting in case of fire.

Like every summer, avoiding any unnecessary water use (washing vehicles and yards, filling water tanks, etc.), minimizing watering and using bottled water for drinking are some of the suggested measures. The recommendation against drinking the water from the supply network, especially in the island, is also made for health reasons, because the Municipality’s denitrification system cannot operate properly when the water tanks are empty.

These guidelines are valid until the beginning of September, as the daily water consumption is already reaching its highest levels (up to 2,500 cubic meters per day).

Particularly for the area of our Municipality in the Peloponnese, it is mentioned that one of the boreholes, from which water is supplied has completely dried up, and as a result the remaining boreholes in the area have been diverted exclusively to the Lemon Grove (Lemonodasos) and the surrounding areas. This adjustment restores the water shortage, but the water supply network is getting overloaded, causing more damage to its weak points. It is noted that additional works will be completed within the month to further enhance the water capacity of the network.

Finally, it is highlighted that, in the medium term period the above problems can only be solved by the implementation of the desalination project planned by the Municipality, for which, although the environmental permit has been secured, no funding has so far been approved by the Ministry of Interior.

We are attaching information regarding the events scheduled in our Municipality today and tomorrow:

• Saturday 30.7.2022, at 21:00 in the amphitheater of the Syngrou building: Theatrical performance "The story of a dog who was called faithful".
• Sunday 31.7.2022, at 21:30 at Heroes Square: Concert of Nikos Portokaloglos.

ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ 30 & 31.7.2022

ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΕΙΣ 30 & 31.7.2022

COMPLETION OF VOLUNTARY BLOOD DONATION JULY 2022

The voluntary blood donation of our Municipality's blood bank, which took place on 22, 23 and 24 July, has been completed. A total number of 102 blood donors came, 101 of which were approved to donate blood. This number was satisfactory given the current health situation, while the procedure complied with EKEA (Greek National Centre of Blood Donation) and NPHO (National Public Health Organization) health protection measures.

The Municipality of Poros thanks all the blood donors for their attendance, the Hippocratio Hospital and its staff for their constant cooperation, as well as the sponsors: "Kava Bitounis", "The salt of the earth" - Rania Kapeta and the Deputy Mayor Kaiti Roidi.

The Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece - National Historical Museum, the Public Benefit Foundation “Maria Tsakos”– International Centre for Maritime Research & Tradition and Piraeus Bank, organize the Floating Exhibition “REVOLUTION ’21 REFRAMED”, which, on Friday 29 July 2022 will sail to the port of Poros with the training sailboat “MANIA”, as part of its tour of 20 Greek ports.

The sailboat will be at Kanari Coast (dock of the former Agricultural Bank) and the Exhibition will be open to the public from 12:00 to 19:00, while at 20:00 there will be an event including a speech by the staff officer of the Naval History Service of the Hellenic Navy Lieutenant Commander Athanasios Papadimitropoulos, and a greeting by the Mayor of Poros Ioannis Dimitriadis.

The exhibition is part of the commemorative activities for the 200 th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821.

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ 50 ΝΕΩΝ ΠΑΓΚΑΚΙΩΝ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΔΗΜΟ ΠΟΡΟΥ

The Municipality of Poros placed 50 new benches in appropriate places of municipal areas, as well as in port area. In these places, either there were few or no benches until now, or the benches were so old that had to be replaced for reasons of modernization and uniformity.

The expenditure for the purchase of the benches, amounting to 17,500€, was funded by the European Program CLLD/LEADER 2014 - 2020 "Culture & Environment at Sea" (LEADER), through which our Municipality upgrades its public spaces by enriching them with new urban equipment.

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ 50 ΝΕΩΝ ΠΑΓΚΑΚΙΩΝ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΔΗΜΟ ΠΟΡΟΥ

ΤΟΠΟΘΕΤΗΣΗ 50 ΝΕΩΝ ΠΑΓΚΑΚΙΩΝ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΔΗΜΟ ΠΟΡΟΥ

Starting today, ten thousand (10,000) multi-purpose fabric bags with the logo of the Municipality of Poros are distributed free of charge to residents and visitors of Poros spreading the message of reducing single-use plastic bags. The bags were given, as a donation, to the Mayor of Poros Ioannis Dimitriadis by the Indian Bollywood producer Mr. Ravindar Dariya, who has chosen our island for the shooting of the new film of his company “Big Bat Films”, which is going to start in September.

The bags will be distributed at the Town Hall (Mayor's Office) and the offices of the Municipal Port Fund.

The Municipality of Poros would like to thank Mr. Ravindar Dariya for his significant donation, as well as the diplomat Demosthenes Korallis (who is from Poros) for his mediation.

A NEW DISTRIBUTION OF FABRIC BAGS DONATED BY THE INDIAN FILM PRODUCER RAVINDAR DARIYA

We would like to inform you that on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July, a three-day voluntary blood donation of the Blood Bank of our municipality will take place in the event venue of Sygrou building, from 08:30 to 14:30.

It is noted that the blood donation will be carried out in compliance with all protective measures, which are indicated by the Greek National Center for Blood Donation (EKEA) and the National Public Health Organization (NPHO).

ΑΙΜΟΔΟΣΙΑ ΙΟΥΛΙΟΥ 2022

ΞΕΚΙΝΟΥΝ ΤΗΝ ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ 15.7.2022 ΔΡΟΜΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΒΑΡΚΑΣ ΠΡΟΣ ΝΕΩΡΙΟ ΚΑΙ ΠΛΑΚΑ/ΑΛΥΚΗ

Boat routes from the port of Poros to Neorio and Plaka/Aliki start today Friday, 15 July 2022, with the funding of the Municipality of Poros. These routes will be valid until Sunday 4 September 2022. The routes to Neorio will be the same as in previous years, while a significant change is the revival of the route to/from Plaka and Aliki, which was active in 2015 and 2017 but there was no interest in being activated again by any boatman in the following years.

The detailed timetables will be the following:

1. Poros – Neorio (boat «ΤΑΚΗΣ ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΣ»)
9 daily routes: departure from the port at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 18:00, 19:00 and 21:00, and departure from Neorio at 10:10, 11:10, 12:10, 13:10, 14:10, 15:10, 18:10, 19:10 and 21:10. The starting point at the port will be at the taxi stand and the starting point in Neorio will be at the dock in front of the restaurant "Vassilis" (Mourtzoukos), while there will be a stop at the Poros Image Hotel. Ticket price: 2€.

2. Poros – Plaka/Aliki (boat «ΣΩΚΡΑΤΗΣ»)
5 daily routes: departure from the port at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00, and departure from Aliki at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00. The starting point at the port will be in front of the Mitsopolos kiosk and the stop in Plaka will be about 15 minutes after departure from the port and 10 minutes after departure from Aliki. Ticket price: 2€.

All the timetables of boat routes to Neorio, Plaka/Aliki and Askeli/Monastery will be available in Greek and English at www.poros.gr (Section: «Local Transportation»).

ΞΕΚΙΝΟΥΝ ΤΗΝ ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ 15.7.2022 ΔΡΟΜΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΒΑΡΚΑΣ ΠΡΟΣ ΝΕΩΡΙΟ ΚΑΙ ΠΛΑΚΑ/ΑΛΥΚΗ

The Municipality of Poros announces the expansion of the services of the social structure “Help at Home” to the part of the Municipality in the Peloponnese, that is from the area of Bougia to Karapoliti. “Help at Home” Program provides home services to elderly, people with disabilities and convalescents, who live alone and cannot adequately look after themselves or experience situations of isolation or family crisis. Under the Program, primary health care services are provided by a nurse, such as home visits to measure blood pressure, prescribing medicines, accompanying patients to hospitals for examinations, etc., as well as by a family assistant who takes care of outdoor chores, cleaning the house and providing companionship. The Program is implemented by the Municipality of Poros with funding from the Ministry of Interior which is paid through EETA (Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government) and is addressed to any interested person who meets the registration criteria laid down by law.

Any interested person from the mainland of the Municipality or from the island of Poros, who would like to register in the Program, can contact 2298029099 and 6940693069 every day except Saturday & Sunday from 09:00 to 13:00.

PRESENTATION OF POROS IN THE MAJOR MEDIA

In previous days, all the major TV channels of the country presented Poros, as part of a press trip organized by the municipality on the occasion of the 4 th Handicraft Festival. In particular, live links and reports from our island were broadcasted on morning programs and newscasts of ERT, SKAI, ALFA, MEGA, OPEN, showing beautiful images of the island and giving useful travel information about Poros.

The Municipality of Poros would like to thank the above channels for providing so much valuable television time in their program, the journalists Eleni Lazarou and Christos Nezos for their detailed reports, as well as the following businesses and bodies that supported -at the request of the municipal authority- the needs of this press trip:

• Sirene Blue Resort
• Odyssey Apartments
• Oasis
• Andreas’ Family
• White Cat
• Colona Sea Side
• Ergani & Ef zin
• Ν.Ο.Π.Τ. (Nautical Club of Poros Troizinia)

On Thursday 14.7.2022 the monthly visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:00.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information about the program visit the website www.thegreencity.gr or call: 2109215000.

The Municipality of Poros informs that starting today, Friday 8 July 2022, the daily boat routes from the port of Poros to Askeli and Monastiri will start, while on Friday 15 July the boat routes to Neorio and Aliki will start. This schedule will be valid until Sunday 4 September.

The hours of the routes to Askeli, which will be done again this year with the boat 'ΤΖΩΝ ΝΑΚΗΣ', will be the following: 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 17:00, 18:00 and departure from the port (opposite the Tyropoulos cafe), arrival at Askeli (central dock "10 th stop"), departure from Askeli at 10:15, 12:15, 14:15, 17:15, 18:15 and 19:15 arrival at Monastery around 10:25, 12:25, 14:25, 17:25, 18:25 and 19:25. The return routes will depart from Monastery at 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 17:30, 18:30 and 19:30 and from Askeli at 10:40, 12:40, 14:40, 17:40, 18:40 and 19:40, and in both directions there will be a stop at the Sirene Blue Resort. Ticket price: 2€.

It is noted that the routes are carried out with the financial support of the Municipality of Poros and that the boatmen to whom the relevant assignments were made, were the only ones who responded to the invitation issued by the Municipality to the Association of Boatmen on 14.6.2022 for the assumption of the routes to Askeli, Neorio, Aliki and Pounda, with a start date at 1.7.2022.

START OF BOAT ROUTES FROM POROS PORT TO ASKELI, NEORIO AND ALIKI

DISTRIBUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMUNICATION MATERIAL

The Μunicipality of Poros is once again making an innovation by starting today the distribution of environmental responsibility communication material to residents, business owners and visitors.

In particular, the material to be distributed is the following:

• 4,000 two-page leaflets summarizing the issue of fish farms and the Municipality’s opposition to the creation of an Industrial Area of Organized Aquaculture Development (ΠΟΑΥ).
• 1,000 small paper stands placed on the tables of restaurants and cafes informing visitors of the issue of fish farms and refer them via QR code to the Municipality’s website for more information.
• 2,000 doorhangers on the accommodation’s bathroom doors, asking guests to save and use water wisely and informing them of the towel change policy.
• 2,000 oval labels on the accommodation’s beds informing guests of the bed linen change policy.

All the above material, which is written in Greek and English and is going to be presented in more detail in future publications, will be distributed to all tourist businesses on the island next Monday. Also, it is already available starting today at the Mayor's Office for those who want to get it directly from there (tel. 22980 20512).

The expenditure for the purchase of the material, costing 2,529€, was sponsored by the Mayor of Poros Ioannis Dimitriadis and its graphic editing was done -free of charge- by Maria Zenteli.

NEW UNDERWATER CLEAN UP OF POROS PORT

On Wednesday 22.6.2022 another underwater clean up of the port of Poros was carried out by the Aegean Rebreath team and our Municipality. This time 40 famous German visitors, who sailed to Poros for this purpose on 10 sail catamarans, participated in the action, while there was TV coverage by major German news channels.

As in previous times, hundreds of objects, such as glasses, ropes, irons, etc., were recovered from the seabed, being accumulated there over decades -as in every port- due to weather conditions (wind, rain) but also due to irresponsible behavior.

As part of the action, underwater photographs were also taken by a special robot on the seabed of fish farm areas, recording the absolute absence of life (algae, fish) and the dominance of a vast veil of sediment caused by the diffusion of fish farming waste.

NEW UNDERWATER CLEAN UP OF POROS PORT

NEW UNDERWATER CLEAN UP OF POROS PORT

REINFORCING THE VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE OF POROS WITH 5 PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS FOR 2022

The Mayor of Poros, Ioannis Dimitriadis, publicly thanks the Lieutenant Fire General of the Fire Department, Mr. Al. Rapanos, and the Minister of Climate Crisis & Civil Protection, Mr. Chr. Stylianidis, for their response to his request to strengthen the fire protection of Poros island with the addition of 5 professional firefighters in the Volunteer Fire Brigade of Poros for the fire season of 2022.

The Volunteer Fire Brigade, which was established in 2018 on the initiative of the Municipality of Poros, is staffed by 13 volunteers and 3 professional firefighters, while the Municipality provides the premises, the vehicles and covers the costs for its operation. In 2020 the State established 80 professional Seasonal Fire Brigades in various regions of the country, but unfortunately not in Poros. Additionally, another unfortunate decision for our region was that in the fire season of 2021 the patrols of the Troizinia Fire Station on our island were halved (from 2 to 1 per day).

When the above information came to light, the municipal authority of Poros required, through a series of documents, the leadership of the Fire Department to strengthen the fire protection of the island. The request was approved, and as a result, a few days ago the 5 new firefighters have settled in our island, whom we welcome.

Finally, every published article referring to the civil protection of the island is also a chance to reiterate a great "thank you" to the 13 local volunteer firefighters, who give countless hours of their lives to protect the life and property of their fellow citizens and the natural environment of the island, as well as to the 3 permanent firefighters of the Volunteer Fire Brigade of Poros.

ΔΙΑΝΟΜΗ ΤΟΠΙΚΟΥ ΣΧΕΔΙΟΥ ΑΝΤΙΜΕΤΩΠΙΣΗΣ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΡΟΦΩΝ

These days, the Municipality of Poros distributes to all residents and business owners in the Municipality the Local Disaster Response Plan, which lists all the actions to be taken by citizens and authorities for the prevention and response to natural or other disasters. This Plan has been drafted by the Mayor Ioannis Dimitriadis and is in force as a local regulatory act since the end of 2021. Establishing such a plan with reference to all local peculiarities and recording of different disaster scenarios is a pioneering practice, especially for a small island municipality, and aims to ensure maximum preparedness and response in any undesirable event of fire, flooding and other natural or technological disasters.

The functionality of the Plan was tested on Friday 10.6.2022 in the context of an innovative simulation exercise of fire response. The exercise scenario was about a fire in the northeastern part of the island of Poros that hypothetically threatened the settlements of Askeli and Synoikismos and the area had to be evacuated. The exercise was organized by the Municipality of Poros in cooperation with the Volunteer Fire Brigade, the Police Department, the Port Authority and K.E. Poros and was conducted with the participation of the personnel of the above-mentioned services, as well as the representatives of the Forestry Department, the Municipal Port Fund and the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO).

Finally, it is noted that the cost of printing and distributing the Plan through the Hellenic Post (ELTA) was covered by the Mayor Ioannis Dimitriadis.

ΔΙΑΝΟΜΗ ΤΟΠΙΚΟΥ ΣΧΕΔΙΟΥ ΑΝΤΙΜΕΤΩΠΙΣΗΣ ΚΑΤΑΣΤΡΟΦΩΝ

On Wednesday 22.6.2022 the monthly visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:30.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information about the program visit the website www.thegreencity.gr or call: 2109215000.

THE MAYORS OF SMALL ISLANDS MET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER

The Mayors of Greek islands with a population of up to 5,000 inhabitants, including Poros, met with the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Maximos Mansion to discuss the issues that concern them.

As part of his statement, the Mayor of Poros Ioannis Dimitriadis mentioned the following to the Prime Minister:

• He pointed out the positive effects of the provisions adopted by the Government regarding the possibility of concluding Program Contracts between Municipalities and Local Government Development Networks, which were fully implemented by the Municipality of Poros, as it is the first and the only municipality that has strengthened its Technical Service personnel with 5 more persons through this program.

• He emphasized that the islands of Attica face a severe lack of institutional representation, as their inclusion in the Region of Attica and the electoral district of Piraeus A & Islands deprives them of the opportunity to be adequately represented in the higher levels of Administration, unlike the rest of the country's islands. Therefore, he expressed his opinion supporting the establishment of an autonomous electoral district for the islands of the Islands Regional Unit from Aegina to the south.

• He reiterated the long-standing request of the Municipalities of Poros, Kythera, Milos, Skopelos and Spetses for an increase in the population threshold classified an island municipality as “small”, from 3,500 to 5,000 inhabitants. Thus, the provisions applied to “small” municipalities (3 rd Deputy Mayor with salary, 3 rd Special Assistant to the Mayor, annual special funding), will now apply permanently to these 5 municipalities, and not only exceptionally as they were given by the current Government during this period.

• He asked for a legislative response to the injustice against several island municipalities which are obliged by the Regional Waste Management Plan to incur unbearable costs of transporting their waste (e.g., the waste of the Municipalities of Argo-Saronic gulf are daily transported to Fili) without receiving any financial compensation.

• He suggested that legislation should provide the possibility for Municipal Port Funds to redefine the terrestrial zone of ports of their authority, with financial assistance from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and within a specific deadline for the approval of the relevant procedures.

• He highlighted that the problems raised by many of his colleagues from the border islands regarding the local health structures apply in Poros as well, where the Regional Clinic is understaffed with only one doctor available during the mornings, and he requested the immediate support of the Prime Minister.

• Last but not least, he mentioned the major issue of the creation of fish farms industrial zone and he highlighted that Poros is the only small island municipality in which the creation of fish farms is foreseen. This fact indicates that this is a huge mistake in the planning which undoubtedly needs to be corrected. In conclusion, he stressed that this mistake could only be rectified by the Prime Minister himself and invited him to Poros in order to make an announcement about the cancellation of this destructive plan.

THE MAYORS OF SMALL ISLANDS MET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER

Regarding the Holy Spirit three-day holiday, when full occupancy of the island is expected, the Municipality of Poros invites the business owners and residents to ensure compliance with all measures in force in public spaces, so that our island presents an appropriate image and functionality throughout the tourist season. In particular, the fields on which everyone should pay special attention are the following:

• TRAFFIC REGULATIONS: compliance with all local traffic regulations and the general rules of the Traffic Code. The local regulations in Poros center are already known to everyone and there are markings everywhere, while in other areas of the island special attention should be paid to speed limits (up to 30 km) and parking restrictions due to narrowness of the streets (e.g. streets to Askeli and Neorio, inner streets of Askeli).

• CLEANLINESS: following the obvious instructions written on all bins (no waste outside the bins, closing bin lids), no pruning waste and bulky waste on the streets and cooperation with the program of direct waste collection from stores in the center.

• PUBLIC SPACES: compliance with the limits of the additional licensed spaces, compliance with the prescribed number of tables and use the additional licensed spaces in order to keep a greater distance between them and not to place more illegally. Also, the tables should be 0.5m. from the yellow pavement markings and no signs or other promotional items should be placed out of the licensed spaces.

At a meeting held by the municipality authority of Poros with the Chief of Police and the Commander of Port Authority of Poros, all the problems encountered so far were discussed in detail, regarding the non-compliance with the traffic regulations, concluded that there is a need to tighten traffic controls. As the Mayor of Poros pointed out, and the two competent Commanders agreed, there can no longer be any grace period for those who continue to violate and disregard the measures, as our island will henceforth welcome thousands of visitors and everything should function perfectly.

We inform you that on Friday 10 June at 11:00 a.m. a fire simulation exercise will be conducted on the north of Askeli. The exercise is organized by the Municipality of Poros in cooperation with the Fire Brigade, the Police, the Port Authority, the Forestry Department and K.E. Poros, while in this exercise the innovative Local Natural Disaster Response Action Plan, which has been established by the Municipality since the end of 2021, will be implemented.

Only the personnel of the above-mentioned Municipal Services will participate in this exercise and the only purpose of this announcement to residents and visitors is so that they will not be alarmed and worried by the mobilization of the Municipal Services.

We, also, inform you that due to the exercise (and its preparation that will precede), the Municipal Services will operate only with their security personnel until 12:30pm.

The Municipality of Poros invites parents who are interested in registering their children in the Municipality’s Kindergarten and Centre of Creative Activities for Children (KDAP) for the new school year 2022-2023, to contact the executives of the centers as soon as possible, in order to receive detailed and personalized information about the application and registration process.

Contact details:

Kindergarten: tel. 2298023102, Monday to Friday 11:00-14:00, Executive of the Centre Nosi Vasiliki.

KDAP: tel. 2298022760, Monday to Friday 17:00-21:00, Executive of the Centre Mpardaka Maria.

ΧΟΡΩΔΙΑΚΟ ΣΕΜΙΝΑΡΙΟ ΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΓΙΩΡΓΟ ΠΑΤΕΡΑΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΤΗ ΧΟΡΩΔΙΑ STRING THEORY - ΚΤΗΡΙΟ ΣΥΓΓΡΟΥ 9-13 ΙΟΥΝΙΟΥ 2022

The choral seminar String Theory with the conductor George Paterakis is organized for the first time in Poros, under the auspices of the Municipality, at the Syngrou building from 9 to 13 June 2022. The seminar, which consists of 6 two- hour sessions and an open concert, is open to any resident or visitor of the island interested in participating.

The String Theory Choir was founded in 2015 by George Paterakis and today it is one of the most active and original choirs of its kind, with a repertoire covering a wide range of musical genres (renaissance- baroque, classical-romantic, traditional, Greek music, ethnic, serenades, pop, etc.). In addition to its artistic activity, the Choir's two training sections (preparatory and repertoire sections) provide a unique opportunity for music amateurs and music lovers to participate and train in high quality polyphonic musical practice.

Information – participation: 6945 632941, stringtheorychoirs@gmail.com

POROSEA 2022 COMPLETED

Once again POROSEA was successfully completed on the weekend of 28 & 29 May 2022. The races (triathlon, aquathlon, swimming, running) were held at the bay of the Russian Naval Base and K.E. Poros as well as in the Settlement and on the core road network of Sferia and Kalavria, attracting this year more than 500 athletes.

The Municipality of Poros would like to thank the co-organizers for their contribution to the success of the event, the Region of Attica and the Regional Vice-Governor Vasso Theodorakopoulou-Bogri, the organizing company Whynot and its head Panos Rotas, the Saronic Triathlon Club and its head Spyros Rois. The Municipality would like also to thank K.E. Poros, the P.D., the Port Authority, the Volunteer Fire Department, the Yacht Club of Poros, the volunteer doctors Manos Dritsas and George Keramidas, the sponsors and the dozens of local volunteers of all ages who once again were the key to the success of POROSEA. On behalf of the Municipality, responsible for the preparation and coordination of the event were the Deputy Mayors Christos Litsas and Tasos Papachristou, the President of the Municipal Port Fund Alexandros Dimitriadis, and the associates of the Mayor Katerina Andreadi and Katerina Reizi.

Local Sponsors:
• ΑPΑΝΑ (cleaning contractor)
• Association of Traders and Professionals of Poros
• Dimitriadis Alexandros (President of the Municipal Port Fund)
• Dimitriadis Giannis (the Mayor)
• Papachristou Tasos (the Deputy Mayor)
• Ferry Joint Venture of Poros
• Porosnews
• Saron Oil / Iliadis Vangelis (fuels)
• Saronic Ferries
• Saronic Magazine
• Saronic Outdoor Activities
• Hellenic Seaways

Accommodation:
• Dionysos Hotel
• Theodora Apartments
• Kaikas Nikos Studios & Apartments
• Kalimera Hotel
• Pavlou Hotel
• Golden View Hotel
• New Aegli Hotel
• Ninetta’s Studios
• Odyssey Apartments
• Saron Hotel
• Sirene Blue Resort
• Xenia Poros Image
• 7 Brothers Hotel

Restaurants - Tavernas - Cafes:
• Allotino
• Apagio
• Askeli
• White Cat
• Vassilis
• Gia Mas
• Theano
• Mouragio
• Oasis
• Petros
• Platanos
• Sti Rota
• Clock
• Colona
• Porto
• Unique

POROSEA 2022 COMPLETED

POROSEA 2022 COMPLETED

Like every year, during the days that the event of POROSEA is held, there will be emergency traffic restrictions for ALL vehicles in order to protect the athletes and ensure the proper conduct of the races.

• SATURDAY, from 17:00 to 20:00: throughout Sferia and from the Canal to the White Cat.
• SUNDAY, from 8:00 to 14:00: throughout the whole island (the roads will gradually open after the last athletes have passed).
• SATURDAY at 11:00 to SUNDAY at 18:00: From the taxi stand to Solomonides Square.

All residents are kindly requested to respect the measures, while in case of great necessity you should contact the Police Station of Poros (22980 22462) and the Municipality on the emergency number 15303 or their travel agency if they are going to travel.

Please note that the Municipal Transport Service will not operate on both days.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 28th AND 29th MAY FOR POROSEA RACES

FUNDING PROPOSAL SUBMITTED FOR REDEVELOPING THE CLOCK TOWER'S SURROUNDING AREA

Our Municipality has submitted a proposal to the Green Fund for funding the project for the redevelopment of the Clock Tower’s surrounding area, under the program entitled "Environmental Balance Actions" (2021b - priority axis 2).The project budget is 240,000€, of which, once the proposal is accepted, 163,000€ will be covered by the Green Fund and the rest 77,000€ by the Municipality's own resources.

The architectural study of the project is part of the "Study for the Upgrading of Castelli neighborhood and its access routes" approved by the Ministry of Culture, which was funded by the Operational Program "Environment" in the early 2000s and had remained unused in the drawers of the Municipality since 2005.

MEETING ON THE ISSUE OF P.O.A.Y IN POROS: THE FUTURE OF SARONIC GULF LOOKS BLEAK

A meeting on the issue of preventing the creation of Industrial Areas of Organized Aquaculture Development in the Saronic Gulf was held on Saturday 21.5.2022 in Poros, on the initiative of the Mayor of Poros, Giannis Dimitriadis. All Mayors and members of parliament (MP) of the Saronic islands and coasts, from west and south of Salamina to Hydra, as well as the Regional Governors and local Regional Vice - Governors of Attica and Peloponnese were invited to the meeting. However, the only ones that came were the Mayor of Epidaurus T. Chronis and the Mayor of Xeromeros G. Triandafyllakis (coordinator of the Panhellenic Coordinating Committee of fish farmingareas), the Regional Vice - Governor of Islands V. Bogri-Theodorakopoulou and MPs G. Giolas (Argolida/SYRIZA), Th. Dritsas (A'Piraeus/SYRIZA) and Chr. Boutsikakis (A' Piraeus/ND).In addition, the Mayor of Agistri G. Athanasiou, the Mayor of Aegina G. Zorbas andthe Mayor of Salamina G. Panagopoulos as well as the MP (A' Piraeus/ND) K. Katsafados, N. Manolakos and G. Mela informed that they could not attend the meeting due to unavoidable commitments. It is noted that Giannis Dimitriadis had initially invited the Regional Governor of Attica, G. Patoulis, to convene this meeting in Athens and as the Regional Governor did not do so, the Mayor of Poros took the initiative to convene it himself.

The following conclusions were reached:

1. The limited interest of the elected representatives of the regions of West & South Saronic Gulf on this issue, leads to the conclusion that there is no background and legitimacy for a jointfight with a common demand for the cancellation of the fish-industrialization plan of the Saronic Gulf.

2. The limited interest of the elected representatives of the coastal regions of the whole country, leads also to a similar conclusion regarding the fight for the amendment of Spatial Planning of Aquaculture.

3. The complete indifference of all Regions of the country, the Association of Greek Regions and the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece on this issue, reinforces the above conclusions and causes frustration regarding their role and the acceptance of their institutional marginalization.

4. No party has stated that it intends to amend this plan and no MP has put forward in public (not even during the meeting) specific proposals to address the issue.

5. Regarding its own region, the Municipality of Poros requests the complete cancellation of the plan for the creation of P.O.A.Y. and declares that the non-acceptance of the request is a casus belli for the local community and cannot be accepted. In case the government does not withdraw the plan immediately (before the national elections), our Municipality has declared that it will proceed to dynamic actions and total conflict in order to protect the island. In this context, the Municipal Council will first of all take a Decision to abstain from the national elections and declare all representatives of the Government, the Region and the Parliament as institutionally undesirable in our region. Also, the Municipality has already started a campaign (leaflets, banners, social media) to make its positions known.

6. In terms of joint actions, the Municipality of Poros reiterates its call to those municipalities that may wish to fight for preventing the creation of P.O.A.Y. in their own regions or for other "red lines" that they may identify (e.g.about the size of P.O.A.Y. or specific zones):
- Holding a meeting with the Prime Minister in June, in which any Municipalities participating will put forward their requests regarding their regions and ask for a clear answer as to whether these are acceptable. During the meeting in Poros, the MP of A’ Piraeus, Mr. Chr. Boutsikakis undertook to arrange this meeting and those MPs and Regional Governors who are interested in the issue are invited to support this effort and participate in the meeting.
- Any Municipality wishing to participate in th emeeting, should immediately inform the Municipality of Poros and specify in view of the meeting its demands.

Given theseriousness of this issue, the treatment of which should not be affected by the objective inability of some people to attend the meeting in Poros, the Municipality of Poros invites any Municipality and MP who may be interested in following, supporting and reinforcing the above actions, to inform the Municipality of Poros within two weeks.

It is noted that in the Saronic Gulf, the establishment of 5 P.O.A.Y is imminent (Salamina-Diaporia, Megara, Korfos-Epidaurus, Methana, Poros), through which the area of fish farming will increaseby 32 times and its production will be released after 5 years. Thus, the already polluted sea of the country, which is also an escape for 4 million inhabitants of the capital, will be transformed into a single industrial fish farming zone that will be the 1st fish producing area in Greece (whereas today it was 7th). This increase will result in a daily discharge of fish effluent into the sea corresponding to a human population of over 1.7 million people and tons of formalin, chemicals, foodwaste, etc. In fact, the above numbers do not include the data of individual fish farms, such as those in Agistri and Trikeri in Hydra. The above maritime areas, along with similar sized land areas, will be managed by the multinational company that now controls the Greek fish farming sector. Additionally, in these areas, packing plants, warehouses, private roads, port facilities and many more are about to be built in forests, coastal areas and beaches as well as in private sites that will no longer have other permitted uses.

APPROVAL OF FUNDING FOR MUNICIPALITY OF POROS ON CREATING SHARED ELECTRIC BICYCLE STATIONS

On 16.5.2022, the competent department of the Ministry of Development & Investments approved a funding of 255,816 € for our Municipality for the development of micromobility action through the creation and operation of shared electric bicycle stations. Making use of such action, our Municipality intends to operate from 2023 three mixed stations for free use of both conventional and electric bicycles. These stations will be located in the New Western Port (already existing), and in the center, namely in the area of the Municipal Market (new) and in Solomonides Square in Punta (new).

The action is co-funding by the Cohesion Fund and by the Operational Programme "Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development" (Priority axis 14, call for proposal "Sustainable Urban Mobility, Micromobility, Integrated Urban Mobility Management") and will be implemented in cooperation with the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving.

On Wednesday 25.5.2022 the monthly visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:30.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while the citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information about the program visit the website www.thegreencity.gr or call: 2109215000.

ON WEDNESDAY 25.5.2022 AT THE NEW WESTERN PORT OF POROS WE EXCHANGE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS WITH POINTS FOR PURCHASES FROM LARGE BUISNESSES

Tender notice for the formulation of the plot in front of Poros High School

The tender for the formulation of the privately owned municipal plot located in front of the entrance of Poros High School (building block 382) was announced on 11.5.2022. According to the architectural study of the project, the plot will be redeveloped and urban equipment will be placed, aiming to create a recreation and relaxation place for students and parents, but also to attract residents of the wider area. The study was prepared by the Technical Services of the Municipality in 2018 and approved by the Ministry of Culture on 8.2.2021, with a budget of 225,000€, of which 163,000€ comes from funding approved by the Green Fund on 21.4.2021 and 72,000€ from the Municipality's own resources.

COLLECTION OF ITEMS FOR UKRAINE REFUGEES

On Thursday 5 May the Municipality of Poros participates in the action of 50 Municipalities of Attica, the Region of Attica and “Oloi Mazi Boroume” ("Together We Can"-Skai) for the collection of items for Ukraine refugees.

We are collecting medicines, medical supplies, blankets, sleeping bags, personal hygiene products, baby food, milk, diapers, long-life food, kitchenware (such as plates, glasses, cutlery, pots, pans, microwaves, small ovens) and clothes.

The collection point is the Social Grocery of the Municipality (former KAPI building) from 10:00 to 18:00.

The Municipality of Poros has now its first Bicycle-Sharing Station, with 11 bicycles available to those who want to go from the "New West Port" to the center of Poros.

Using these bicycles, which have electronic gears, is free of charge for 3 hours, with a charge of 2€/hour for 3 additional hours of use and 5€/hour for use over 6 hours. It is noted that the bicycles must be returned within 24 hours of receipt, while their use outside the Settlement of Poros is not allowed.

System registration is a simple process by using a credit card (1€ charge) at the automatic machine located in the station. Upon the registration, the user receives a message with codes, which can be used to the System as many times as the user wants.

The Municipality of Poros has already taken steps to create two more stations (in Heroes Square and Pounta) where conventional and electric shared bicycles will be installed, so that their number will soon exceed the needs of residents and visitors.

The project was funded by the Fisheries OP (Leader) following a proposal submitted by the Municipality of Poros in November 2020.

EASTER OFFERS AND SPONSORSHIPS BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF POROS

As every year, during the Easter holidays, the Municipality of Poros, as well as the municipal Social Grocery, distributed food and essentials to our fellow citizens in need. In particular, following a unanimous decision of the Municipal Council, the Municipality granted, based on income criteria, food packages to 103 families of our fellow citizens, while the Social Grocery distributed packages to 146 beneficiaries of its program.

The cost of purchasing the items distributed by the Municipality was covered by the Municipality's budget, while all the items distributed by the Social Grocery were sponsorships collected from small and large sponsors. All the packages were enriched with items purchased at the private expense of the mayor and all other elected members of the Municipality who receive a remuneration, with additional sponsorships from businessmen of Poros, and with candles made by the staff of the social structures of the Municipality.

The sponsors of the actions, whom our Municipality thanks warmly, are the following:

• Skai – «Together we can» (Oloi Mazi Boroume)
• Super Market «Sklavenitis»
• Super Market ANEDIK KRITIKOS S.A.
• 1st Primary School of Poros
• Georgousis Group - Colona bakery
• Kanatsidis Nicholaos – Patisserie
• Karagiannis I. - Bakery
• Pharmacy Dimitris Roidis
• Kouneli Maria

The mayor, the members of the Municipal Council and the personnel of the Municipality of Poros wish everyone a Happy Easter!!!!

EASTER OFFERS AND SPONSORSHIPS BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF POROS

EASTER OFFERS AND SPONSORSHIPS BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF POROS

After two years when Easter celebrations were cancelled or held under strict health measures, this year we can celebrate together again and participate in our Church celebrations! The Municipality of Poros, in consultation with the priests of the Churches and with a view to ensuring maximum public participation under conditions of health safety and comfort, informs about the schedule of the Epitaphios processions of our Churches on Good Friday 22.4.2022, which is the following:

• Church of St. George: Exit from the church at 21:00, march through Mitropoleos Street to the Heroes Square (prayer at 21:15) and return to the Church via the coastal road to the building of high school and Chr. Meksis Street (before Demosthenous Street).

• Church of St. Constantine and Helen: Exit from the church at 21:00 and march through Chr. Meksi Street to the coastal road and then right to return to the Church via Roethlaouf Street (Sabani's house) and I. Michael Street.

• Church of Evangelismos: Exit from the church at 21:15 and march through the coastal road to the Heroes Square (prayer at 21:30), boarding the fishing boat "Chrysoula" and procession to Punta (the Epitaphios procession will move by sea and the citizens will follow by land or by boarding the boats) and then disembarking in Punta and returning to the Church.

• Church of St. Nicholas: Exit from the church at 21:00 and procession within the Camp of Poros Training Center (K.E. Poros).

It is noted that the traditional meeting of all the Epitaphios in Heroes Square will not take place in order to avoid extreme overcrowding.

The Municipality of Poros informs about the traffic and other regulations that will be in effect from Lazarus Saturday 16.4.2022 in the center of the island:

1. The pedestrianization of the center takes effect exactly as it was in force during the tourist seasons of 2020 and 2021. In particular:

Pedestrianization from taxi stand to Pounta with seating areas on the roadway.
Permitted transit hours for vehicles for access to the market: 06:30 – 14:00 and 17:00 – 19:00.
No stopping/parking for cars from the cinema to Solomonides Square (exception: the Parking of Municipal Market only during the permitted transit hours and for vehicles with a permit in designated spaces).
✔ Extra permitted parking zone for motorcycles: from Karra House to the taxi stand.
✔ Prohibition of transit for heavy vehicles on the entire coastal road (coaches, buses, trucks, vehicles over 1 axle and 16tones gross weight).
Store catering: a) Private vehicles: 06:30 to 14:00 & 17:00 to 19:00, b) Larger vehicles: 06:30 to 08:30 & 16:00 to 17:30.
✔ The validity of all special permits issued in 2021 is extended until the end of May 2022 (until new applications are submitted and examined).
✔ Prohibition of transit for vehicles from New Western Port to taxi stand from 20:00 to 01:00 on Good Friday and Holy Saturday and exceptionally in case of heavy traffic and good weather conditions.

2. New timetables of Municipal Transport:

✔ 10:00-15:00 and 19:00-24:00

3. Launch of the waste collection program directly from the stores in the center:

✔ Mixed waste: 05:30 and 17:00
✔ Recycling: 07:30 and 11:30

4. Launch of the Bicycle Sharing System (see details on poros.gr)

Residents, businesses and visitors are kindly requested to support the implementation of the measures, contributing to the effort of the Municipality to maintain the order on our island during this period when huge number of visitors is expected.

The Municipality also kindly requests the Police Station and the Port Authority, depending on their territorial jurisdiction, to ensure the policing of the above rules.

For any emergency, citizens can contact the emergency number of the Municipality 15303.

In a later announcement, the Municipality will provide information on the schedule of Epitaphios for Good Friday.

We wish everyone a Happy Easter!

On Thursday 14.4.2022 the monthly visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:30.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while the citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information about the program visit the website www.thegreencity.gr or call: 2109215000.

ON THURSDAY 14.4.2022 AT THE NEW WESTERN PORT OF POROS WE EXCHANGE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS WITH POINTS FOR PURCHASES FROM LARGE BUISNESSES

COMPLETION OF VOLUNTARY BLOOD DONATION IN MARCH 2022

This year's first voluntary blood donation of our Municipality's blood bank was successfully held on 22 and 23 March. A total number of 102 blood donors came, 101 of which were approved to donate blood. This number was satisfactory given the current health situation, while the procedure complied with EKEA (Greek National Centre of Blood Donation) and EODY (NPHO- National Public Health Organization) health protection measures.

The Municipality of Poros thanks all the blood donors for their attendance, the Hippocratio Hospital and its staff for their constant cooperation, as well as the sponsors: "Cava Bitounis", "To alati tis gis" - Rania Kapeta and the Deputy Mayor Kaiti Roidi.

ON TUESDAY 29.3.2022 AT THE NEW WESTERN PORT OF POROS WE EXCHANGE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS WITH POINTS FOR PURCHASES FROM LARGE BUSINESSES

On Tuesday 29.3.2022 the third visit of the Green Mobile Point THE GREEN CITY will take place at the New Western Port of Poros, opposite the ferry ticket offices from 09:00 to 16:30.

THE GREEN CITY program is conducted in cooperation with the Region of Attica, ESDNA (the Special Intergraded Association of the Prefecture of Attica) and Citipost company, while the citizens bring to the Green Mobile Point segregated recyclable materials, which are converted into points that are redeemed through large businesses collaborating with the program.

For further information regarding the program visit the website www.thegreencity.gr or call: 2109215000.