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of the Sofia Municipal Council to work for the sustainable development of the capital.

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The new mobile app
#COAPS developed by the CO-APS consortium gathers real-time data from active #publictransport users & helps you avoid crowds and practice social distancing. Do you want to help us stop the spread? #Together4Safety.

Downloading the mobile app #COAPS you can take part in challenges that help reduce crowds in #publictransport. By ensuring social distancing, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19! #Together4Safety. Visit the project website https://coaps.eu or Google store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coaps.mobileapp to download the app

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Network Building Conference of the UnionMigrantNet and Cities Together for Integration Project


The online conference, organised within the project will take place online on 1 and 2 December 2020. Join us for engaging discussions and networking with many international partners and experts and register for the event here: https://www.etuc.org/en/event/background-document-network-building-conference-unionmigrantnet-and-cities-together

Building on the already existing European network of trade unions providing services to third-country nationals, the Conference will seek at enhancing the network by fostering partnerships with local authorities, key actors in the reception and integration of third-country nationals.

New Program for Energy Efficiency Renovation of Houses and Buildings: The TRANSFORM Strategy

Sofia Development Association, together with the consortium partners of the TRANSFORM project organized an online conference on Nov. 17, 2020, to present the model for energy efficiency renovation developed by the project. The event brought together representatives of regional administrations in Sofia - district mayors, housing policy specialists, the Municipal Guarantee Fund for SMEs, the Invest Sofia Agency, representatives of financial institutions. Presenters included Hans Houf (Jibe Company, Netherlands), Erik van van Wijk, Climate-KIC, Milan Rashevski (Virtech, Bulgaria), Jack Minchella (DarkMatter Labs, Netherlands), Alexander Wiese (Bankers without Boundaries, UK). The overall concept for the 2-step renovation of houses and buildings - digital and real – generated a lot of interest and many questions by the conference participants.
Follow our website for more project news and how to get involved in our events.

The TRANSFORM project is funded by EIT Climate-KIC.

https://www.climate-kic.org/

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INNOAIR stakeholder dialogue launched

Addressing a complex issue like air quality in a large metropolitan area and making it a testbed to develop, test and showcase an innovative solution line on-demand public transport is challenging. The key to success is working with and not for the residents.

INNOAIR launched its multi-stakeholder dialogue on November 12, 2020, bringing different parties together. Nearly 100 stakeholders from universities and research institutes, community organizations, city administration, NGOs, national agencies, businesses and investors, took part in an online dialogue event and engaged in a conversation about the future. The discussants, among whom Sofia Deputy Mayor Kristian Krastev, Boryana Dimitrova with Alpha Research, associated professor Emilia Hristova with the National Institute on Meteorology and Hydrology, Milya Dimitrova with SofiaPlan and Petar Seizov, Denkstatt, raised important questions to be explored during Q&A. Diverse perspectives were voiced pointing to various interdependencies: the more precise and timely feedback the city provides on the effect of its policies, the stronger the citizen commitment; the less measures for support of the energy poor, the more air pollution from old cars and household burning; the less air pollution, the bigger biodiversity; the newer the urban district, the more pollution from construction and underdeveloped infrastructure, to name a few.

The INNOAIR teamchose multi-stakeholder dialogues as a method for managing change because it reminds us not to get lost in the weeds at work but see the big picture, not to ignore difficulties, remove assumptions and identify actionable firs steps.

Here are a few takeaways from stakeholders:

“The fact that now air quality is discussed more than before does not mean that the problems are growing or less is done. On the contrary.”


“The strongest factor fostering citizen support for the air quality policies is when the municipality consistently implements clear long-term measures with measurable result.”


“Sofia should demonstrate direct link between measures and effect achieved.”

Speakers’ presentations are available at HERE.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you take interest - https://www.facebook.com/innoairsofia!

INNOAIR project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.

AGORA CITY WALK

On 13.11.2020 Sofia Development Association held an organized city walk in the framework of AGORA project, which aims at faster and better regeneration of the urban environment. During the walk, a pre-identified location was presented - the "Toplocentralata" project for renovation of the heating plant which is a good example for reintegration of underused urban assets.

All stakeholders who took part in the walk got acquainted with the plan for reconstruction of the building of the former Heating plant of the National Palace of Culture and its transformation into a center for art and culture.The aim of the "Toplocentralata" project, which is being implemented thanks to the Sofia Municipality, is to create a place for independent artists to perform in Bulgaria and to prove that abandoned industrial spaces in the urban environment have the potential for new life.

Sofia is working on Thematic Cluster 3 of the AGORA project: Evaluation and analysis of unused public spaces, open and closed, as centers for social, educational and / or cultural services. In this regard, SDA presents the "Toplocentralata" as a pilot project for urban development. The walk helped to clarify the functions of the site, to identify potential users and audiences, to give ideas for smooth and effective integration of the space in the surrounding park and to generate ideas for programming and promotion of the future cultural center.

The walk was conducted in accordance with anti-epidemic measures and it was filmed. The footage from it will be used for the production of a video, which will be distributed in the information channels of the project.

The AGORA project is implemented under the INTERREG Danube program and is co-financed by the European Union funds (ERDF, IPA II).

      

Together we can limit the spread of COVID-19!


The new mobile app #COAPS gathers real-time data from active #publictransport users & helps you avoid crowds and practice social distancing.
Do you want to help us stop the spread? #Together4Safety. The pilot testing starts Monday, Nov. 16. Find out how to get involved by visiting the website of Sofia Development Association, www.sofia-da.eu, and the website of the Urban Mobility Centre -https://www.sofiatraffic.bg/en/common.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coaps.mobileapp

The most active participants will get a 100-leva voucher!

https://coaps.eu

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