Select Respect Forum 2018


The Select Respect Forum 2018 "Human Rights in Practice - Social Inclusion, discrimination, diversity" is organized for the second year by the select Respect Network from 15 to 17 November 2018  at Fix in Art in Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki - Facetten einer Stadt


Im Rahmen der Europäischen Kulturtage „Thessaloniki – Facetten einer Stadt“ des Museums Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin (9.8.-9.9.2018) organisierte die Heinrich Böll Stiftung Griechenland die zwei Veranstaltungen mit großer Bedeutung für den deutsch-griechischen Dialog: Salonica –Erinnerungen an das untergegangene  'Jerusalem des Balkans' und Solidarität in Zeiten der Krise in Thessaloniki.

Social Entrepreneurship Forum 2018

The Social Entrepreneurship Forum is organized for the fifth year in the row in Athens with the participation of initiatives and enteprrises active in Social Solidarity Economy, on 23-25 November 2018.

Die Energiewende in den Kommunen


Tausende europäische Kommunen und Regionen nehmen die Energiewende selbst in die Hand. In Griechenland wird sich dieser Trend in den kommenden Jahren voraussichtlich beschleunigen. Im Rahmen der 8. Deutsch-Griechischen Versammlung veranstalten wir am 2. November ein Werkstattgespräch über die Rolle der Kommunen bei der Beschleunigung der dezentralen Energiewende.

Study Visit for Social Solidarity Economy

Heinrich Boell Foundation in Greece, in cooperation with Heinrich Boell Foundation in Serbia, Montenegro and Kossovo, co-organize a study tour for the exchange of ideas and practices between Social Solidarity Economy initiatives from Greece and social enterprises from Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina.

Τhe Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is the German political foundation, affiliated with the German Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). With headquarters in Berlin and offices all around the world, our international network acts as think tank and a catalyst for green visions, strategies and for policy reforms towards a democratic, socio-ecological transition of society and economy.
The foundation's office in Greece is based in Thessaloniki since 2012. Our program intends to advance democracy and democratic governance, the protection of human rights, promote political dialogue, develop new concepts and practices towards a socio-ecological transformation of the economy focusing on energy transition and social solidarity economy We also place particular emphasis on gender democracy and intercultural inclusion aiming at the emancipation and the granting of equal rights to all social groups facing discriminations and the risk of social exclusion. We also place particular emphasis on gender democracy and intercultural inclusion aiming at the emancipation and the granting of equal rights to all social groups facing discriminations and the risk of social exclusion.



The work of Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece in the field of Ecology revolves around just energy transition and environmental sustainability. Our goal is to encourage decision makers and public administrations at local, regional and national levels to establish policies and implement measures in cooperation with our partners, and to empower civil society actors to advocate and engage in activities for a democratic, ecological transformation of Greek society and economy towards social justice and gender equality.

Energy Transition

Energy Atlas in a nutshell


The Energy Atlas depicts the state of Europe’s energy transition, combining facts on renewable energy in Europe and 45 innovative graphics, with country-by-country data, across 20 chapters. Find out more about the key findings.

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GreenWave Festival 2017

The GreenWave Festival 2017,organized by the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki for the seventh year in a row, in cooperation with Heinrich Boell Stiftung Greece has peace as its main subject. Within the auspices of the Festival, events are organized with the subject of war and environment, the history of the peace movement as well as the impact of nazism and racism with the culminating point of the Holocaust of Jews.

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Social Solidarity Economy

2nd International Forum on Cooperative Law

The 2nd International Forum on Cooperative Law was organized in Athens on 26-28 September 2018 by Ius Cooperativum, with the support of the International Co-operative Alliance and of two local co-organizers: the Hellenic Open University (Athens) and the Peoples’ University on Social and Solidarity Economy (Thessaloniki).


By Sofia Adam

Social Solidarity Economy, defined as the set of different economic practices addressing social needs based on free collaboration and mutual support, is one of the main intervention fields of Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Greece. We want to contribute to the development of SSE practices in Greece on solid ground and proper principles, considering SSE a decisive force for the democratic and ecological transformation of economy and society.


Thessaloniki Animation Festival 2018


The Thessaloniki Animation Festival (TAF), the second largest Animation Festival in Greece, takes place for the 4th consecutive year in Thessaloniki 18-21 of October, with screenings taking place at "MAKEDONIKON" Cinema, while there will be workshops and screenings for children at the Central Municipal Library.

With Europe and the EU facing a time of political and financial crisis, the threats of rising Euroscepticism and populism are increasing. Against this backdrop our work in Greece aims at combating the ideologies of inequality by fostering civil society initiatives towards human rights protection and social inclusion policies as well as at deepening democratic governance through substantial citizens´ participation in political processes at all levels.

Human Rights

2nd Select Respect Film Festival


The 2nd Select Respect Film Festival for the respect of diversity and human rights is now a reality. It takes place from June 1st to June 3rd 2018, at the Pavlos Zannas screening room, at the Aristotelous square, in Thessaloniki.

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Deepening Democracy

«Whole of Government» als migrationspolitische Perspektive


Ausgehend vom ganzheitlichen Ansatz „Whole of Governance“, der dieses Politikfeld als ressortübergreifende Querschnittsaufgabe betrachtet, unterbreitet der Artikel Handlungsempfehlungen für die Etablierung eines Rahmens für die bessere Abstimmung, Kommunikation, Kooperation des politischen Handelns.

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Anti-Semitism in Greece today


Examining the anti-Semitism phenomenon in Greece in the 21st century is based on the observation that post-Auschwitz anti-Semitism has not been eradicated neither in Greece nor in the rest of Europe, but is instead rising as evidence from recent studies show.

Lignite in the Greek Energy System


Overview of Lignite in Greek energy system, data and challenges for the transition to a post-lignite era and the utilising of the wealth of renewable sources in the country.