Οn April 22nd, the a pre-kick-off e–meeting for the ECOVINEGOALS/Adrion project was successfully held.

Unfortunately the enhanced measures and regulations put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the kick-off meeting being held at the premises of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (CIHEAM MAICh, GR), as originally foreseen. However, the kick-off e-meeting, conducted via an internet-based platform, successfully brought together 28 participants, representing 10 beneficiaries from 6 different countries, proved to be an excellent initiation of the project and a foretaste of what promises to be a fruitful collaboration. The participation of three representatives of the Joint Secretariat was very beneficial to all of us, as they were able to provide key information and assistance to the beneficiaries with regard to the management, financial and communication issues associated with the project implementation.

The kick-off e-meeting allowed introduction to the partner organisations/institutions and provided an overview of the scope and structure of the project, its overall management concept, and presentation of the schedules of each work package. Central to the meeting were presentations detailing the characteristics of viticulture in the project partner countries, and addressing the main challenge of the ECOVINEGOALS project: the reconciliation of habitat and landscape protection with economically viable means of grapevine cultivation, in order to safeguard the sustainability of this important economic sector that exerts a major impact on the territorial capital and the regional resources of the ADRION vine area.

This event designed to lay the foundation for a successful collaboration and provide the opportunity for the project team to initiate a common path, served as an excellent starting point for what, by all indications, will prove to be a very successful project.