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FLAG factsheet - Greece - Halkidiki

Offical name: 
ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΙΑΚΗ ΧΑΛΚΙΔΙΚΗΣ Α.Ε. - Αναπτυξιακή Ανώνυμη Εταιρία ΟΤΑ
Region of Central Macedonia
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The FLAG area is located at the boundary of the municipalities of Halkidiki (Sithonias and Aristoteles). Its geophysical characteristics have shaped its economy and driven the growth of the primary sector and tourism. Fisheries have traditionally supported the local population, providing a source of food, but also creating jobs and income in the sector itself, which in turn has also helped to sustain other sectors of the local economy. 

The main challenges facing the area include a high rate of unemployment (especially among women), a scarcity of highly qualified workers, poor management of natural resources, an obsolete fishing fleet, and a decline in the manufacturing sector. 

Axis 4 funding will be primarily used to promote sustainable development, through diversification of the fisheries sector, fostering of the local productive base, increasing the competitiveness of local products and services, and promoting multi-occupations.

Population: 13 308 inhabitants  Employment in fisheries: 510 (9.83%)

Surface area/km²: 415.7 km2 Coastal or inland: Coastal and Inland

Population Density (Inhabitants/km²): 32.01  Protected areas: 40.3% of the surface area is covered by two Natura 2000 sites: Oros Itamos-GR 1270002 and Oros Stratonikon GR1270005. 

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The strategic objectives of the FLAG are to enhance the competitiveness of the local productive sector by differentiating and improving the quality of local products and services. It also seeks to improve the “attractiveness” of the area by developing new infrastructure and services and by better exploiting its environmental and historical assets (e.g. Mount Athos, the birthplace of Aristotle, has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO)

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 4
Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 5
Diversification into other activities (1-5): 5
Other: Quality of products and services, networking, cooperation (1-5): 5

Project examples and ideas

- Promoting quality certification for fishing activities and products; 

- Cooperation projects with other regions but also within the FLAG area between local stakeholders;

- Promoting tourism packages which integrate nature, culture and fishing traditions. 


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity:   Anetxa, S.A.
Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: The Provincial Administration of Halkidiki, the Association of Local Authorities, the Municipalities of Halkidiki, a Hotel Association and the Fishermen’s Association of Pyrgadikia. 
Links with LEADER: Anetxa S.A. also manages the Leader programme (2007-2013) in the Province of Halkidiki. Both programmes, Leader and EFF Axis 4, complement each other. Αnexta SA was the Local Action Group for Leader I, Leader II and Leader +  in Halkidiki. Within this partnership, the Programme Management Committee supervises and controls the implementation of the programmes.      

% of public actors: 40%  
% of fisheries actors: 20%  
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 20%
% of environmental actors: 20%
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 12 (i.e. the shareholders of Anetxa S.A.)
Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 5
Number of contracted staff in the FLAG: 2 FTE


Total public funding 2007-2013: € 4 990 000 

EFF: € 3 742 500 

Other public (national/ regional/ provincial): € 1 247 500 

Private: € 2 164 897

FLAG Manager: 
Georgia Karagianni
Other contact: 
Asterios Zografos - President
22as Apriliou and Makedonias Str., 63100, Poligiros, Halkidiki, Greece
info (at)
+30 23710 24407
+30 23710 24314
Languages spoken: 
Greek, English (fluent), French (basic), Spanish (basic), German (basic), Italian (basic)