Completed Programs

European projects implemented by the Agency:


1. Program "LEADER +" for the development of agro-tourism and standardization of local traditional products.


2. Program "R3L Initiative-European Networks of Learning Regions", for continuous learning.


3. Program "Leonardo da Vinci" - Experience with new technologies and practices in EU countries.


4. Program INTERREG III C - "Mo.No.Pi" - Highlighting religious monuments and experimental implementation as an alternative form for the religious and architectural design.


5. Program INTERREG III B Archimed - "TECHNET", concerning the creation of a European Mediterranean network for cultural heritage. Project website:


6. Program INTERREG III B Archimed - "WATERMAP", concerning the development and use of maps and managing underground water resources. Project website:


7. Program INTERREG III B Archimed - "M.I.D.A", concerning the development of a network for promoting supporting strategies regarding the development of rural areas. Project website:


8. Program INTERREG III B Archimed - "MESFIDE", concerning the development of a network to promote sustainable effective ways of fishing. Project website:


9. Program "RAISE PLUS", concerning the promotion of the dialogue between different EU countries through transnational workshops, seminars and conferences that promote the multi-cultural dialogue.  Program website:


10. Program "Europe for citizens: Promotion of Active European Citizenship" concerning the promotion of unity and cooperation among citizens living in EU countries through seminars, lectures, etc.


11. Interreg IVC Program REGIOCLIMA

The Program aim was to raise the awareness of local communities and the Local Authorities in relation to climatic changes. Specifically, the program specialized on how climatic changes affect local communities and if there is a possibility that from a disadvantage they turn into an advantage. The total program budget was € 1,999,970. In this program, Larnaca District Development Agency was the lead partner. Program Website:


12. Med Program MEDLAB

The Program aimed to create an online platform where citizens would have a more active role in planning the development of their area, submitting through the platform their suggestions and comments. The total program budget was € 1,679,866. In this program Larnaca District Development Agency was a partner. Program Website:


13. Med Program MEDOSSIC

The Program aimed to promote entrepreneurship based on new technologies that take into account the environment. In particular, in the framework of implementing the program good practice from around Europe on how we can increase productivity based on new technologies that will not pollute the environment was transferred to countries that participated in the program. The total program budget was € 1,126,581. In this program Larnaca District Development Agency was a partner. Program Website:


14. Med Program RIMED

The Program aimed to promote corporate social responsibility. Specifically, in the framework of implementing the program, an attempt was made to raise awareness and to inform entrepreneurs about the need for the implementation of corporate social responsibility. The total program budget was € 1,572,230. In this program Larnaca District Development Agency was a partner. Program Website:


15. Med Program DEVELOP-MED

The Program aimed to inform and educate the partners of the program for the rational management of ports. The total program budget was € 1,066,180. In this program Larnaca District Development Agency was a partner. In this program Larnaca District Development Agency was a partner. Program Website:


16. Med Program SMILIES

The Program aimed to develop and implement a Transnational System of Innovation that connects innovation and internationalization of policies to strengthen regional competitiveness. In this way a governance model for industrial development in the Mediterranean islands was developed. The program organized thematic actions in specific cases on the scope from which sustainable policies for industrial innovation in the islands would occur. In this program Larnaca District Development Agency was a partner. Program Website:


17. Med Program PHILOXENIA

The program aimed towards the economic, cultural and technical support for people wishing to settle in areas targeted by the program in order to create their own micro-enterprises and contribute to the vitality of the rural areas. The use of occupational mobility, technologies, information and communications, care for sustainable development and the search for a better quality of life was one of the main objectives of the program for promoting rural development. In this program Larnaca District Development Agency was a partner. Program Website:


18. Med Program WASMAN

The program intended to promote cooperation and dissemination of good practices at a transnational level between the Mediterranean countries in the field of waste management, taking into consideration the specific problems faced by each partner. The program aimed to assist and strengthen local authorities in developing a more efficient System of Municipal Solid Waste Management (strategy for "zero waste") and to strengthen local economies in providing cost-effective incentives during the production process and identify possible incentives for the local businesses. The program also aimed to raise the awareness of Local Authorities and the wider population about the necessity of developing an environmental consciousness. In this program Larnaca District Development Agency was a partner. Program Website:


19. Progress Program - CHALLENGE.

Its objective was the promotion of Persons with Disabilities (SEN) in the labor market. The total program budget was € 103,690. In this program Larnaca District Development Agency was a partner.


20. Leader program TRIM

Its objective was the promotion of rural tourism in the internal areas of the Mediterranean Islands (Sardinia, Malta and Cyprus).


21. Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) Program

Future perspectives of Rural Development: Comparing different European Scenarios.


22. Program "Culture 2007-2013".


The program aimed the following:

  • Facilitating the participation of as many cultural professionals possible in the program through links to other sources of information and cultural institutions from Cyprus and abroad.
  • Informing candidates for the financial aid under the Community’s Cultural Mechanisms.
  • Guidance and counseling services for the preparation of applications.
  • Ensuring continuous communication with the various cultural institutions in Cyprus, for a more successful implementation of the actions related to the Program  'Culture 2007-2013', in line with national support measures.
  • A wide announcement regarding the call for applications, as well as other information intended for the cultural sector that come from the General Directorate of Education and Culture of the European Commission.
  • Creating links to other Information Points in member states of the EU and other countries participating in the program.
  • Allowing the cultural institutions of Cyprus to be included in the list of Cultural Institutions.
  • Allowing foreign cultural organizations to seek partnerships with cultural institutions in Cyprus, as well as providing assistance to cultural institutions from Cyprus to find a partner from abroad.



Anetel is taking part in this eighteen month project along with partners from other five European countries. The ultimate objective of Philoxenia plus is to promote the economic, cultural and environmental growth of the Mediterranean south arising from the return of people to rural areas in search of alternative professional options.

Philoxeniaplus aims at strengthening the attractiveness of rural territories through the implementation of good practices (GP) concerning local governance, revitalisation of villages, dynamisation of tourism, diversification of local economy, rejuvenation of local population by the attraction and welcoming of newcomers, increase of local financial resources. At stake, furthermore, is the appropriation of these GP by other territories looking to experience a similar type of growth. The GP will therefore be collected into a methodological guide directed to local authorities.



The Mediterranean Program “Maremed: aims in improving the coordination of regional maritime policies between the levels of National, European and Mediterranean Governance.  In order to establish a comprehensive policy, the basic priorities need to be observed and receive simultaneous management.

The project aims at those elements of maritime policy that have an inherent transnational dimension.

Fourteen regional partners and the CPMR will carry out an overview of the policies implemented and their governance, from which they will identify pilot coastal zones for transnational management and shared operational tools to aid in decision-making.

Total budget: € 1,982,000.00.




The program aims through transnational cooperation to promote awareness of the population and Local Authorities in the Mediterranean on the importance of landscape in rural areas as a key element for development purposes and as a sign of their identity.

Total budget: € 1,781,430.00




The OSAIS program was created out of the need for a new approach to address and study the issue of state aid in terms of financial support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The overall aim is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of regional / local development policies in the areas of the program’s partners in the sectors of economic modernization and increased competitiveness of the SMEs, by assisting the exchange, distribution of good practices and knowledge for financial assistance to SMEs by the State.

Total budget: € 1,996,175.00




The Program ENSPIRE EU was created out of the need to attract young entrepreneurs, while focusing on building and developing a European business culture and promoting entrepreneurial inspiration.

The general objective is improving the efficiency of provincial development policies aimed at encouraging an entrepreneurial culture in a way that will contribute to economic modernization and increased competitiveness in Europe.

Total budget: € 1,951,463. 00




The program aims to promote and enhance the socio-economic performance of areas with special emphasis on strengthening the protection of tourism and cultural heritage and landscapes of the Mediterranean basin. Specifically the program promotes the development and dissemination of advanced systems for integrated management, exploitation and dissemination of cultural heritage and landscape.

Total budget: € 1.934.000, 00




The PERIURBAN PARKS program is a regional initiative that aims to strengthen cooperation, which uses inter-regional exchange of experience on improving policies regarding the management of natural surroundings. The PERIURBAN PARKS program specifically focuses on policy and management of solutions to reduce pressures on biodiversity. The creation and management of natural parks in suburban areas has a positive impact on the environment and halting biodiversity loss. These initiatives focus in line with the European environmental policy and restoration of sites.

Total budget: € 2,288,528.00




The overall project objective is the promotion of handicrafts as a special cultural and economic resource of selected disadvantaged sub regions, within the area of cooperation, on the basis of selected agro-tourism routes. To achieve this general objective the project formed a mixture of actions for networking between local cultural institutions, handicrafts, agro-tourism, cultural and environmental NGOs. In addition it moved towards establishing a common logo for craft products in Greece and Cyprus, institutionalizing cultural events in the areas of implementing the project and the creation of spaces facilitating the production and promotion of products, joint exhibitions of craft activities, organizing and awarding honors of excellence, while at the same time activities of human resource development in the region take place (counseling, combined training, etc).

Total budget: € 742,320.00





The main objective is to provide a framework of systematic cooperation between Cyprus and Eastern Crete in the management of water resources and water saving.  The framework will integrate a series of actions that will directly facilitate the exchange of expertise and experience among Local Authority bodies of the two spatial components and will contribute positively to the mobilization of local communities and to further develop and strengthen the cooperation between Local Authority bodies of Cyprus and Crete to the benefit of future joint actions and initiatives in the sector of water management.

Total budget: € 725,000.00



The project "AGROTOEPICHIRIN" is required to cover the needs identified in its area of intervention. It was jointly designed by the four partners of the project and will implement actions and activities concerning agro-touristic services for food and shelter, agricultural product processing and production of local traditional products (handicraft, embroidery, etc.). Expectations from the project include  the transfer of knowledge and experience among the project partners and entrepreneurs of the area of intervention, improvement of  the extraversion of rural enterprises, strengthen alternative forms of tourism in the area of intervention, to modernize the business operation through the use of ICT, to improve methods of projection and promotion of local products, to enhance and strengthen the social and productive means of the area of intervention as well as to increase employment and to increase participation in lifelong learning and training.

Total budget: € 1,000,000.00




The program OIKOPERIOIGITES has as a main objective the direct application of the principles of the project, creating public awareness among stakeholders and residents in order for its actions and activities to have an effective impact. This integrated approach aims at a long term perspective, incorporating both environmental care and education as a priority over the threats of climate change and putting forth cultural values as a tool for demonstrating the identity and competitiveness in this intense global socio-economic environment.  The aim is sustainable development in ways that ensure continuity and synergy of invested resources and the formation of prospects, responding effectively to the need to preserve its identity, individuality, diversity and highlighting its attractiveness. The project is an ambitious pilot mechanism for the diversification of growth prospects.

Total budget: € 1,345,562.00




The Larnaca District Development Agency is an approved Local Action Group under Priority Axis 4 of the Operational Fisheries Programme (OPF) 2007-2013 for the implementation of the Local Plan for Fishery Areas of the Districts of Larnaca and Famagusta.

The area of Intervention for the Local Program includes 3 municipalities (Larnaca, Paralimni, and Ayia Napa) and 5 Communities of Larnaca and Famagusta (Mari, Zygi, Ormidia, Xylotymbou andLiopetri). The total population covered by the intervention area is 72,367 people (census 2001) and the total area is 255 square kilometers.

The developmental strategy of the Local Program is centered around a central rallying theme related to:

Exploiting the inherent potential of the area of intervention to improve the attractiveness and quality of life for residents and to upgrade the quality of offered services.

The total public expenditure for Priority Axis 4 adds up to 2 million Euros, where EU and national funding rate is 50% respectively. For this public expenditure, the total cost of the program is expected to reach    € 2.000.000.




The Larnaca District Development Agency is an approved Local Action Group under Axis 4 - LEADER Rural Development Program 2007-2013.

The Local LEADER Program for the District of Larnaca was designed with criteria regarding the approach based on the region, the " bottom up’’ approach, the partnership approach, the  innovation, an integrated approach, the networking and cooperation between regions and the local management.

As Area of Intervention for the Local Program the free part of the District of Larnaca was appointed, except thearea of the Urban Municipality of Larnaca and the three Communities of the District ( Anafotia, Xylofagou and Troulli). The total population covered by the area of intervention is 61,925 people (census 2001) and the total area is 945 square kilometers. The development strategy of the Local Program focuses around a central rallying theme regarding:

Improving the quality of life and appointing the area of intervention as an attractive place to live.

Total budget: € 2.283.957.



This is a project which aims to reduce the gap between research and the market. Observing that the gap is quite big in Europe compared to America, the project aims to produce new tools and practices to help increase the support to researchers and companies to be able to present their innovative ideas in public and private institutions for funding.

More specifically, the problems identified are:

- Lack of communication between research, market and society.

- Obsolete and non efficient selection procedures for funding.

- Incorrect selection criteria for public funding

The InnoFun Project will move towards solving the above problems with the cooperation of several countries ( partners), the exchange of best practices among themselves and implementing various tools such as "Digital Storytelling" (using a computer for the narration of a story or idea).

Total budget: € 2.031.121,68




GRISI PLUS aims to improve the efficiency and to enrich economic development policies in rural areas by increasing the use of geographic information and geomatic tools, in order to provide decision supporting tools for public key stakeholders and policy makers. To achieve this goal the partners will share their experiences, will identify and transfer good practices in two fields relating to common issues for the revitalization of rural areas:

• Develop the attractiveness of rural areas in order to attract new residents. The latter will promote Telework (work at distance), thanks to the new ICT.

• Promotion of local tangible and intangible products, thanks to the use of geomatic tools and Geographic Information Systems.

Total budget: € 1.629.572,00

European programs managed by the Agency:


1. Program INTERREG III B Archimed - "WBC", aimed at enhancing women's entrepreneurship (assisting the Municipality of Lefkara).

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2. Program INTERREG III B Archimed - "MULTI-GATE", regarding the implementation of actions for electronic information given to travelers from key cities, people that come from different areas (assisting the Municipalities of Aradippou and Larnaca).



ALTER ECO: Alternative tourist strategies to enhance the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean Identity.

The Mediterranean is under threat due to the inappropriate practice and development associated with mass tourism. As a consequence, areas of high tourist attraction in coastal cities are reaching their limit on carrying capacity, with a direct impact not only on the urban environment but on key elements that define MED Culture. In this context, ALTER ECO enhances the local sustainable development of tourism by promoting Mediterranean Identity through the implementation of alternative tourist strategies in 6 pilots co-designed and implemented by public and private stakeholders. The project provides the opportunity of testing, in representative MED cities, used as LIVING LAB, existing methodologies and tools arisen in previous high impact projects in the field of sustainable tourism or proposed by key stakeholders, with the aim of reaching holistic and realistic tourist strategies at local and regional level that allow transferability in the MED territory. Project results will support policy makers to make more informed and integrated decisions for the governance and management of tourism in the Mediterranean and at the same time will enhance the coordination of actions between public and private stakeholders towards the implementation of the raised strategies to create new business opportunities. ALTER ECO will contribute to improve knowledge and decision-making capacities, including a better use of observation, monitoring and planning in the field of sustainable tourism.

Duration: 1/11/2016 - 30/04/2019

Total Budget: 2.293.630,00 €

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ARISTOIL: Reinforcement of Mediterranean olive oil sector competitiveness through development and application of innovative production and quality control methodologies related to olive oil health protecting properties

The Mediterranean region is the main place around the world for production of olive oil. 95% of the world's olive oil is produced in the Mediterranean and mainly in Greece, Peloponnese which produces 65% of Greek olive oil, Italian regions of Sicily, Calabria and Puglia and Andalusia in Spain, the biggest olive growing area on the planet. The main common challenge for all participating countries in the project is that the average price of olive oil is low in comparison to the production cost and moreover there is a strong competition with the non-Mediterranean seed oil sector. The producers in the Mediterranean are pressed either to reduce the cost of production or to increase the value or the demand for olive oil in the international market in order to maintain the viability and sustainability of the olive tree cultivation and the olive oil production. The main objective of ARISTOIL is the reinforcement of Mediterranean olive oil sector competitiveness through development and application of innovative production and quality control methodologies leading to olive oil with enhanced health protecting properties (as recognized by EU 432/2012 regulation). The development of a Mediterranean Cluster for olive oil producers and businesses combined with specialised training, development of innovative methods for identifying the phenolic ingredients of the oil as well as oil producers' support by special product certification is the mixture which will lead to the project's objective.

The expected results of the project are:

  • Reinforcement of production of innovative olive oil product
  • Training 3230 olive producers and millers
  • Awareness raising for consumers
  • Development of standardized producer for olive “Health Claim Certification”
  • Development of an Olive Oil cluster of key sectors

Duration: 1/11/2016 - 31/10/2019

Total budget: 2.008,200€

ERDF Contribution (85%): 1.706,970€

ANETEL TOTAL BUDGET = 149,000.00 €

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