News Local Ayios Athanasios helps set up border towns network

Ayios Athanasios helps set up border towns network

Limassol’s Ayios Athanasios is one of seven local authorities across the EU which signed a formal agreement to establish the Border Towns and Islands Network, or BTIN in short.

The Network was founded on the initiative of the Municipality of Lampedusa and Linosa (Italy), which is also the coordinator of the project “Snapshots from the Borders” (, in which the constituting Local Authorities are partners.

Besides Lampedusa, the founding Network members are the Marsa Local Council (Malta), Ayios Athanasios (Cyprus), Grande-Synthe (France), Pesaro (Italy), Siklósnagyfalu (Hungary), and Straß in Steiermark (Austria).

The BTIN is made up only by local authorities of towns that are located at the European borders, as full members.  Its purpose is to promote collaboration and mutual support among border towns and islands to bring their voice to national, European and International decision-making institutions.

The Network will focus on issues related to solidarity between towns and countries, the common needs of the local communities and citizens, more efficient ways for the reception of migrants, collaboration for increasing European and Member States’ shared responsibility, development cooperation, peace and dialogue among local authorities.

This will include:

  • Networking and exchange of best practices
  • Common policy work at national and EU levels
  • Shared communication activities raising the voices from the borders
  • Common educational approaches for local communities, targeting both local citizens and migrants.

From 2020 the network will welcome new members, with the aim of  strengthening the collaboration among local authorities and their voice towards national and European institutions.

(Photo from

Read more


Top Stories

Portugal votes for new president at height of pandemic

Masked, socially distanced and each given their own pen to avoid spreading germs, the Portuguese headed to the polls on Sunday (January 24) to...

Motorcyclist seriously injured in accident

On Sunday morning an accident occurred on the Deftera-Lakatamia road in Nicosia. According to the Police, a motorcycle crashed into a vehicle under conditions that...

More than 200 vehicles at Troodos Square (PHOTOS)

Since this morning, there has been heavy traffic at Troodos Square but also in the area of Olymbos Mountain since more than 200 vehicles...

Cyprus FM travels to Brussels for FAC, will meet with Borrell

Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides travels to Brussels on Sunday to take part in the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday which will discuss...

Turkish Cypriots to receive additional doses of COVID vaccines on Monday

Turkish Cypriots will receive on Monday an additional batch of 1,170 doses of Pfizer – BioNTech vaccines. Head of the bicommunal technical committee on health...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...