The Cities Network DEPAN was established in June 2015 as a “Greek Cities Development Network”, a non profit company, on the initiative of twenty-three local government organizations from Greece which financed the network in the first year of its operation.
DEPAN includes a number of local actors from across Europe who are joining forces to develop and manage public services and infrastructure more effectively and respond in the best possible way to the needs of citizens by providing better quality services and enhancing local development.
DEPAN is governed by the Board of Directors, originally from its founding members.
The Annual General Meeting is made up of all members and the Board of Directors. It is the network’s supreme governing body.
Certain specific members act as National Coordinators and have been established in several European countries, including Greece.
They work for the purposes and objectives of DEPAN at national level. They propose new members, provide information in their national language and coordinate the services provided by DEPAN to the members of their respective countries.
DEPAN applies the Quad Helix Model to create a network that will facilitate cooperation and has complementary action with local authorities, government, academic institutions, private sector and civil society to promote entrepreneurship and quality services to citizens.
DEPAN brings together actors in each field to share their experiences, learn from each other and work together.
DEPAN promotes wider awareness and understanding of the need for Sustainable Development across Europe.
DEPAN brings together Knowledge through benchmarking and supports the development and dissemination of good practices and policies.
DEPAN is working to develop knowledge and experience on accessibility issues in the European Development Area.
DEPAN provides a platform for those who support the need for sustainable development, as well as a represent a voice to European and national institutions and organizations whose actions have a direct impact on urban development.
DEPAN provides project management and mobilization of the necessary resources to rationalize the services offered locally.
DEPAN is working to achieve economies of scale that provide better quality services at the lowest cost possible.
DEPAN identifies and addresses specific needs which arise from distinct cases and from local or regional context.