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Regional Development Company of Parnonas
Leonidion Arcadia, P.O. 22300
Email: [email protected]
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY OF PARNONAS
The Regional Development Company of Parnonas (PARNONAS S.A.) was established on 26.9.1995
(Government Gazette 5854/10.11.95) and took the form of a Company whose main purpose is the
economic and cultural development of Parnonas area.
The company is a local agreement of regional bodies for the strategy and the content of integrated
development, through a vibrant partnership. This is achieved operationally through the
establishment of a scientific mechanism which designs and implements the Company’s activities and
projects. The resources for the implementation of the design come from co-financed projects and
programs and also from the development of the sector which provides services and conducts studies
for the Company’s shareholders.
The aims of the company are:
The scientific and technical support of local authorities and their associations and also the
support of decentralized state administration.
The promotion of entrepreneurial, economic and sustainable development of the Local
Authorities as well as of the wider area
The development of environmental protection activities
The participation in programs and the implementation of relevant policies at inter-municipal
level or in a wider geographic area.
The main sectors of the company’s activity are related to the planning, designing, implementation
and maturation of Programs financed from ESI (European Structural and Investment) funds,
integrated rural development, protection and management of the natural environment, and the
implementation of social policy actions and the display of promotion measures.
The company operates throughout in the Region of Peloponnese and for the integrated rural
development programs in East Peloponnese at 12 Municipalities and 3 Counties.
The region of Εastern Peloponnese is characterized by an interesting landscape, which is
characterized by a temperate climate, a significant number of rural regions of production
(agriculture, fisheries), a large number of statutory protected areas, land and sea areas NATURA
2000, remarkable flora - fauna, accessible caves - canyons, rich history, great cultural heritage,
extensive network of traditional settlements and culture-information centers.
Picture 1: Intervention area of Regional Development Company of Parnonas and Boundaries of protected areas
in Southeastern Peloponnese
The Company's income is derived from:
The implementation and management of National and Community Programs.
The provision of technical support services for local authorities and regional bodies.
Studies, development projects and service projects in local government and other public
Today the Company's share capital amounts to 1.250.427, 40 € and is divided into 42.604 equities
with a nominal value of 29, 35€ each. The Company's turnover on average the last three years,
exceeds the 1.100.000€ per year.
The shareholders of the company are: The District of Peloponnese, Municipalities of the area,
Champers, Associations, Agricultural Cooperatives and Regional Association of Peloponnese’s
STRUCTURE OF THE COMPANY
The Development Company of Region Parnon S.A. has a basic staff of 38 people, 22 permanent and
16 external partners in various specializations such as engineers, environmentalists, geologists-
environmentalists etc., in order to provide advice, transfer the knowledge and prepare specialized
studies for the Technical Support of Local Authorities.
22 permanent staff 16 external partners
2 Environmentalists, 1 Agriculturist, 4 Economists, 1 Financial Advisor, 2 Civil Engineers, 1 Mechanical Engineer, 1 Chemical Engineer, 2 Engineers of Technological Education, 1 Physicist, 1 Lawyer, 1 Management Employee of Technological Education, 2 Management Employees, 2 Employees, 1 Cleaner
3 Civil Engineers, 3 Mechanical Engineers, 2 Rural & Surveying Engineers, 1 Chemical Engineer, 2 Architects, 1 Environmental Engineer, 3 Geologists-Environmentalists, 1 Technical Consultant
QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (ISO)
Since 2003 the Company has implemented a Quality Management System
(ISO) 9001:2008, which contributes to the continuous improvement of the
level of the Company’s provisions of services, the improvement of its
internal organization, the improvement and upgrading of its human
resources both in organizational matters and matters of knowledge and
finally the improvement of its image both in its inside and outside environment. For the
programming period 2014-2020, the Company meets the requirements of potential beneficiaries of
the management capacity NSRF 2014 - 2020 and in particular the requirements for administrative
capacity through the ISO 9001 certification.
The Regional Development Company of Parnonas has implemented programs with objectives
focused on the unique characteristics value, on the wide range of sectors processing agricultural
products, on the environment, culture and history. Through its activities, the Company contributes to
local development, in cooperation with local socio-economic factors in rural areas, in tourism, in
public administration on the interface level and on promotion of the environment and culture.
A. Programs/ Projects implemented during the period 1994-2001
The company during the second programming period implemented the Community Initiative
LEADER II with budget of 7.174.869,00 €. The aim of the project was the integrated rural
development of the region of Parnonas, through the development of complementary and alternative
economic activities associated with agriculture. Also, it aimed at the qualitative upgrading of the
character of the region (cultural tradition, the natural environment and architectural heritage).
B. Programs/ Projects implemented during the period 2000-2006
The Company, during the third programming period implemented projects and programs on rural
development, environment, social cohesion and employment with a total budget of 23.557.696,83 €.
More specific implemented the Community Initiative LEADER+ entitled “Eco-development of
Southeastern Peloponnese” with budget of 7.398.006,00 €.
Other programs/ projects were financed from European Social Funds (ESF) such as “Home Care”,
Community Programmes EQUAL and Technical & Scientific support of Local Authorities.
C. Fourth Programming Period 2007-2013
The Development Company of Parnonas during the Fourth Programming Period (2007-2013) actively
participated in working meetings in the framework of the National Strategic Development Plan 2007-
2013 and also in development conferences at regional and national level. Furthermore the
executives of the Company participated in consultations with local government bodies of the local
economy. The company implemented projects on agricultural development such as the Local
LEADER Program entitled “Eastern Peloponnese: From Eco-development to Innovation”, with
budget of 10.607.000,00 €, and other programs/ projects related to the promotion of employment,
tourism, culture and technical support to the local authorities.
C.1 Network for Employment in East Peloponnese
The Development Company of Parnonas was the coordinating partner of the
Development Partnership "Network for Employment in East Peloponnese".
The Development Partnership implemented integrated intervention actions
for the region of East Peloponnese, focused on supporting the beneficiaries
on the supply and demand of a labor. The project aimed to boost the employment, combat the
unemployment, to integrate the vulnerable social groups, to the local development and social
cohesion. The total budget of these actions 440.000,00€ and the funding source is the European
Social Fund (ESF). More Information: www.topeko-parnonas.gr
C.2 Local Network for Employment in East Peloponnese
The Development Company of Parnonas is the coordinating partner of the
Development Partnership "Social Network for Employment in East
Peloponnese". The partners of this network implemented individual
actions such as training programs for beneficiaries, electronic and physical
networking between actors, counseling of beneficiaries and enterprises
and preparation of business plans with the ultimate aim of ensuring job
creation. The total budget of these programs is 315.000, 00€ and the funding source is the European
Social Fund (ESF). More Information: www.topsa-parnonas.gr
SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE - PARTNERSHIPS
A. Cooperation projects
The company, working with National Rural Networks and participating in transnational and inter-
territorial cooperation, has implemented the following projects:
Under Measure 421 "Inter-territorial and Transnational Cooperation", of the local LEADER
Programme, the LAG Parnon has designed, submit funding folder and coordinate four cooperation
projects, two of which have been completed.
1. Inter-regional cooperation "Finest Greek Tastes" (LEADER)
The cooperation has been designed and coordinated by Parnonas S.A. and
funded by the LEADER program. The above plan concerns the nomination of fine
cuisine with recognized certified (PDO, PGI) and fine products from every region
of Greece, in order to elevate the culinary tradition for the benefit of the rural
economy and tourism. A long-term planning implementation tool will be the
Network "Fine Greek Tastes", which will set the TABs and productive institutions
of Greece. More Information: www.finestgreektastes.com
2. Inter-regional cooperation "ISLAND PELOPONNESE" (LEADER)
The project aims at highlighting the identity of the single
geographical Peloponnese Region as European economic, social and
cultural development. Five Development Companies of Peloponnese
participated in the project.
The objectives of the project are:
The utilization of assets of three representative areas of Peloponnese (wine sector, olive and
olive oil sector and culture sector) and their interconnection with the geographical
The use and promotion of existing relevant infrastructure, events, alternative forms of
tourism and other resources,
The support of the promotional effort and the branding of Regions of Peloponnese and
3. Transnational Cooperation Project “PARKS PROTECTION II: Management, Protection and
Economic Development in Protected Areas" (LEADER)
The transnational cooperation project had as its main objective
the development of economic activities through educational
tourism in important protected natural environment zones. The
strategy to achieve the main goal of the Project primarily related
to actions, was the implementation of a training week in each area, the creation of training
material and implementation of educational tour. Also the program could be viewed through a
website and e-brochure and the results of the Plan were disseminated and evaluated through the
implementation of the Plan presentation event. Project partners were: Parnonas S.A., "Dobele
District Rural Partnership" (LAG Latvia) and "Northumberland Coast and Lowlands" (LAG
More Information: www.parksprotection.eu
4. Transnational Cooperation Project "Short Mediterranean Stories (SMS): Action of culture,
gastronomy and art in the Mediterranean" (LEADER)
The transnational cooperation plan, aimed at creating a common cultural
action for the peoples of the Mediterranean, through the emergence of areas
that have important cultural and gastronomic stock and interesting natural
and social environment. The ultimate goal was the establishment of
institutions and events in the participating regions and the effective
networking of regions through the development of partnerships and
exchanges. The main tool for the implementation of these was the establishment of the Network
"Short Mediterranean Stories", which were members of the project partners, whose actions
aimed at highlighting the areas involved in the project and therefore contributed to the
promotion of tourism, gastronomy and culture of each region.
The Project partners were: Parnonas S.A., Dimosynetairistiki Company Evros S.A., Gal Valle Del
Crocchio (LAG Italy). More Information: www.shortmedstories.com
Transnational Cooperation Project “Eurovillages - Network of European
The aim of this project is the development of an authentic, high-quality
tourism in Europe, in terms of sustainability and with respect to the
environment. Special emphasis is given in order to develop an integrated
package which includes the accommodation and the local gastronomy combined with the use of
local, pure traditional products and generally discovering the values of life in the countryside.
More Information: www.eurovillages.info
B. Enhancement of Cultural Heritage projects
The company has organized actions that enhance and promote the Cultural Heritage of the area
or general. Indicatively:
1. Melitzazz festival
Melitzazz festival is a colorful, multi-national gathering of cultures, in
the capital of Tsakonia, Leonidio. Invited artists and chefs convey the
atmosphere of their homeland, contributing to the celebration with
music, dance, culture and tastes. Different events take place in the
streets, at squares and in the chateaus of the picturesque traditional village of Leonidio.
Numerous open stages are set up throughout the city of Leonidio, the streets are transformed
into open air bars and street food reaches a new dimension, where music and dances tangle with
scents and flavors of local and international gastronomy.The festival is dedicated to the
famous PDO Tsakonian eggplant of Leonidio. Leonidio and Tsakonia celebrate, highlighting their
rare qualities, the Tsakonian language with its foundations in the Doric dialect, the Tsakonian
dance with its roots being in the myths of Apollo, the local tradition, hospitality and excellent
natural environment. The theme of the festival, inspired by hosted cultures, includes dances and
music from rebetiko, oriental, flamenco and Serbian brass, to gypsy swing, jazz, Balkan, Cyprus,
tarantella, operetta and many more. More Information: www.melitzazz.gr
2. Festival of Peloponnese
The festival of Peloponnese had as its object the organization and realization of a
Festival with the aim to establish an institution that creates cultural events at local,
regional, national and international level in the region of Peloponnese. It concerns
the support of local culture structures as well as the preparation of a program with
culture events ranging from the level of municipality to the Regional Unit of the
Region, making Peloponnese a place of culture production with a national and international scope.
3. Estella Festival
The Estella festival has been included as part of events in archaeological sites and
museums in Greece of the Central Archaeological Council and the Ministry of Culture,
Education & Religious Affairs. The festival is funded by the local LEADER program of
Parnonas S.A. and takes place in Astros (North Kynouria) and its old castle named
“Estella”. More Information: www.estellafestival.gr
LOCAL PROGRAM CLLD / LEADER 2014-2020
Under submission of the Local Strategic CLLD / LEADER 2014-2020 of the Ministry of Rural
Development and Food, it was approved the Local Program of LAG Parnonas entitled “Eastern
Peloponnese. Biosphere Reserve and Business Innovation Zones”, total public expenditure budget
11.700.000 €. The program will include activities of private and public interest, financed by the
European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and European Maritime and Fisheries
Aims of the Local Program
1. The emergence of local identity with the identification, management and development of
"Biosphere Reserve", to improve the quality of life and the creation of tourism destination
2. The promotion of local entrepreneurship with the cooperation, transfer of knowledge and
strengthening of innovation and extroversion.
The vision of Parnonas S.A. reflected briefly as follows: "We create biosphere reserve and business
innovation zones in East Peloponnese - Facing the economic crisis by investing in knowledge and
create jobs and collective social goods"
Proposed Biosphere Reserve Mount Parnonas – Cape Malea
From 1997 until now, interventions have been carried out as an initiative of local communities for
the period 1997-2000 while in the course, the design is molded into a six-year time horizon with
central aim: the period 2000-2006 the eco-development of the South Peloponnese, the period 2007
– 2013 the eco-development and innovation in the Eastern Peloponnese. Today in an attempt to
promote the relationship between man and biosphere, a new program designed until 2020, with
central axis the Biosphere Reserves target in the eastern Peloponnese.
The region of Eastern Peloponnese including valuable nature elements, culture and productive
activities in the area of intervention, may be a new Biosphere Reserve in Greece.
Combined with the management and conservation of the landscape of the Protected areas and the
preservation of diachronic Cultural wealth (local dialect, customs, local products etc.) this
coexistence of human culture and nature is ready to receive international recognition and become
part of a network of similar important regions. The proposed Biosphere Reserve covers approximately
320000 ha and has about 45000 inhabitants.
Proposed Biosphere Reserve
For more information about our region (products, archeological sites, NATURA 2000 sites,
wildlife refuges, traditional settlements, and etc), view the map here or follow the link:
View 3 alternative projects that were implemented by the LAG Parnonas here or follow the