"Prosopsi" Programme




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Information

  • Address: 34 Kolonou St,  104 37 Athens
  • Telephone: 210 5203120-5
  • Fax: 210 5202945

 

The "Prosopsi" facades programme began as a City of Athens initiative, whose main aim was to change the city's image. The scheme was gradually incorporated into the responsibilities of the City of Athens Development Agency (AEDA).

 

The primary objective of the "Prosopsi" facades programme was and continues to be the aesthetic upgrading of the city, the city centre and all neighbourhoods. That is, the creation of a new urban landscape through the regeneration of building facades. Initially, the programme took slow but sure steps towards achieving its goal. Hundreds of property owners began to respond to the call for interest and swiftly registered their interest in participating in the "Prosopsi" programme, which offers a great number of advantages.

 

The building façade renovation programme involves the provision of subsidies to property owners for the renovation and maintenance of facades, the regeneration of buildings and surrounding areas, and the replacement of individual television antennas with a central antenna. It should be noted that the repair-renovation programme only covers the building exterior and the structural components of the facade.

 

Building owners and individuals with a beneficial interest in a property are entitled to participate in the programme, while subsidisation concerns private buildings used for any purpose.

 

The procedure involved is simple and flexible. In order to participate in the programme, owners of the properties in question must fill out an application form - accompanied by a written decision of a property owners' meeting, in the case that it concerns an apartment building. An architect then carries out an inspection of the building so that the necessary technical reports can be drafted along with a colour study, which is carried out in collaboration with the interested parties. The next step involves the issuing of the necessary permit allowing for the works to be carried out, as well as a street pavement occupation permit which enables the erection of scaffolding.

 

Once the works are completed, applicants provide a statutory declaration confirming the renovation process has concluded. Architects conduct another inspection of the building to determine that the work was carried out in accordance with the technical report and, therefore, meets the conditions required for subsidisation.

 

As regards the size of the grant, the maximum amount is 1,500 euros for one-sided building and 2,000 euros for two-sided structures. For listed buildings, the subsidy amount is 1,800 and 2,400 euros respectively.

 

Today approximately 4,000 buildings in all Athens' neighbourhoods have been renovated, adding a unique touch to the city and motivating our fellow citizens to participate in the programme and take advantage of its benefits, such as the façade renovation subsidy for each separate building and the issuing of required permits at no cost.

 

Overall, more than 5,000 applications have been submitted by individuals wishing to take part in the facades regeneration programme while more than 25,000 citizens have obtained information on the scheme. In late 2003, a comprehensive effort was launched for the sponsored regeneration of building facades in selected squares of our city. The Municipal Authority called on the entire business community situated in the wider area of the capital, and particularly the most active entrepreneurs, to make a substantial contribution to this specific scheme. What is important is that this effort produced significant results, namely, the completion of regeneration work on building facades located on five Athens squares. They comprise Athanasios Kanellopoulos Square in Ampelokipi, Dexameni Square in Kolonaki, Pagrati Square in Pagrati, Hilton Square in Ilissia and the Varvakios Market Square. Another large-scale project, bearing great social importance, has been incorporated into the programme; namely the renovation of building facades in the degraded and abandoned Dourgouti area.

 

An illustrative example of the programme's success and its acceptance by citizens, due to its effectiveness as a private-public sector partnership, is the fact that the Harvard University School of Government chose to include it as part of a course covering best practices. Additionally, the integration of the façade renovation scheme into the Regional Development Programmes of 13 regions throughout Greece has progressed significantly over the past year.

 

The successful course of "Prosopsi" contributed to the decision to draw up legislation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the City of Athens - following a joint ministerial decision, that allows for the programme's operation within the framework of Regional Development Programmes.

 

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Athens City Hall
63A Athinas St, Kotzia Square, Athens 10552, Greece
Tel: +30 210 3722001
Administration Building
22 Liossion St, Athens 10438
Tel: 1595

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