Creation of “Centers for Environmental Information” for environmental protection and administration Institutions in Balkan countries, on issues of environmental politics and administration.

Program DAC/OECD*


          The present programme was approved by the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works in the frame of DAC/OECD. It started on 1/3/2000 and was successfully completed on 31/3/2002.

          The aim of the completed / implemented program was the creation of the necessary requirements for a broad and systematic collaboration of the institutions which are concerned with the environmental problems of Balkan countries.

          Initially the programme’s object was the creation of a database – its content will be further analysed in the following paragraphs – and secondly the creation of the “Centres for Environmental Information; plural Esties” (we shall call them Estia) in Greece, Yugoslavia and Rumania. During the programme’s implementation Cyprus was included (without this being a conventional requirement of the collaborating institutions). In this way one more country was participating in the programme, so the collaboration was broadened. Apart from enforcing the South Eastern European side of the programme the enforcement of the Mediterranean side was also achieved.

          The information provided will gradually include all the topics concerning the environment and at the same time the Estia will collect, distribute and disseminate information.

          In this way Esties will function as coordinating and intermediate centers among the Non Governmental Ecological-Environmental Organisations (NGO’s), private and public institutions and scientific research teams with similar interests.

          Each country’s data base will be the mean of achieving or fulfilling a broader information and dissemination of the programme’s results.

          The creation of each country’s database in unified structure was based in the former experience of the Environmental Team of the Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology (IURS) of the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE). Data base content is divided into two basic units:

a. Database of the Non Governmental Ecological - Environmental Organisations (NGO’s)

The data concerns all the activities, the relations and the way environmental organizations function, from their establishment till now.

b. Data base of the Institutions related to the Environment.

The Institutions include ministries, research centres, public organizations and enterprises, prefectures, municipalities, municipal enterprises and other environmental institutions.

The total produced data is available for every interested part:

-          in the electronic web page of the Environmental Team of IURS/EKKE:

-          in printed and electronic form (book and compact disk)

Collaborating Institutions in the implementation of the program were:

a. National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) / Institute of Urban and Rural

 Sociology (IURS) / Environmental Team (Greece)

b. Economics Institute, Belgrade (FR Yugoslavia)

c. Center for Environmentally Sustainable Development Economic Policy (CESEP)


d. Pedagogical Institute (Cyprus)

The research team composition was the following:

For Greece:


1. Tsakiris Konstantinos




2. Sakellaropoulos Konstantinos






For Yugoslavia:


1. Milorad Filipovic

Economist, PhD, researcher

E-mail: miloradf@EUnet.yu


2. Miroslav Spasojevic

B.Sc. Chem. Eng. Senior Counselor



3. Zoran Njegovan

Economist, PhD, Senior Research Fellow





For Rumania:


1. Eugen Popovici




2. Oana Tortolea




3. Carmen Constantin




For Cyprus:


1. Paraskevopoulos Andreas


Director of Environmental Technology

2. Aravella Zahariou




          Finally, we should emphasize the perfect and successful collaboration, not only with the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works (financial and administrating Institution of the programme) but also with the participating institutions of each country.



                                                                               The coordinator of the programme

                                                                                          Konstantinos Tsakiris

* Program DAC - Development Assistance and Cooperation, OECD - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.