"We are organising the “1st Green Balkan Summer Camp: Energy Transition and Mega-Projects in the Balkans” from the 12th to the 19th of July 2015 in the town of Ierissos in Halkidiki, Greece. Τhe project is co-financed by the Green Institute, the Green European Foundation and the European Green Party.
The town of Ierissos (ancient Akanthos) is the oldest and largest village of the Municipality of Aristotelis, which is an area of natural beauty and archeological sites. The Municipality took the name of the great philosopher Aristotle who was born in the ancient Stagira.
Aims of the Project:
Τhe Green Balkan Summer Camp will focus on Energy Transition and Mega-Projects (Pharaonic Projects) in the Balkans. It aims to highlight issues related to energy policy (nuclear projects, gas pipelines, oil extraction, mining of lignite and alternative trends in renewable energy sources) and pharaonic projects in the Balkans, i.e. gold mining, dam construction, construction of third bridge and canal in the Bosphorus, etc, in order to enhance networking and the exchange of good practices among Greens in the Balkans, help participants expand their knowledge, highlight the role of local movements and the role citizens (eg. gold mining) and sensitize public opinion.
Representatives of Green parties in Europe will be also invited to act as links for the respective green growth policies applied across Europe. We encourage MEPs who are working in the above mentioned areas to join us.
During the Green Balkan Summer Camp and in the frame of the upcoming 11th edition of Green European Journal titled “Connecting the Struggles”, the Green European Foundation will organise a special session focusing on the European protest movements with an emphasis on environmental issues surrounding Mega Projects in the Balkans.
A one day field trip to Skouries has been arranged to take place. This is the area where gold mining operations by Hellenic Gold - a subsidiary of Canadian firm Eldorado Gold - are taking place. This project has deeply divided the local communities of the Halkidiki peninsula. It is a hotly contested issue and has been met by high resistance from local people for the last three years."