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.

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Ecology

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.

Social Solidarity Economy

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The contribution of Social Solidarity Economy to the mitigation of the Climate Crisis

This video presents the innovative idea of a group from Kilkis/Greece to replace the environmentally destructuve plastic straw with a straw made of wheat. This group has created a social collective enterprise for locals and persons with migrant/refugee background. Director: Gabriel Psaltakis (keyframe) Research-Production: Heinrich Boell Foundation Thessaloniki Office and Transdisciplinary Institute of Environmental and Social Studies.

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.

Democracy

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.

Publications

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Pathways out of the Crisis

PUBLICATION (available only in Greek)

The present publication comes to highlight the ecosystem of the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE) through the eyes of the people involved in the projects. It is based on the so far unique nationwide research on SSE initiatives, conducted in 2016 and 2017. Although at first glance this publication may seem out of place in 2021, we believe that it can provide a benchmark for both the present and the future of SSE, a field that is flourishing under diverse and volatile circumstances.

Anti-Semitism in Greece Today - Cover 2019

Anti-Semitism in Greece Today (Second Edition)

PUBLICATION

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.

Cover of Energy Poverty 2.0 policy paper in English

Energy poverty in Greece 2.0

PUBLICATION

Millions of households in EU countries live in energy poverty. This phenomenon has adverse effects on both their health and their well-being, while also affecting social cohesion and the environment. The current publication is an update of the Heinrich Boell Foundation study published in 2017, it includes the impact of the latest political developments in Greece and the rest of Europe, as well as the results of an opinion poll on Greek citizens' awareness of the issue.