Focus groups meeting

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Crete and the University of Macedonia, as part of the RESCUE research project (REinventing Sump Cycle Under pandemic Era, held focus groups on Monday, July 4, 2022, at the Mediterranean Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece.

More specifically, within the framework of the RESCUE project, 3 focus groups were implemented with the aim of recording the socio-economic effects of the restriction of mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic, the evaluation of the measures taken, and finally, the identification and highlighting of good practices and strategies.

The first group consisted of vulnerable users such as people with reduced mobility (member of the Panhellenic Association of Paraplegics), people facing various health problems (member of the Cancer Patients Association, citizens facing health problems), elderly people as well as groups of citizens who are actively involved in sustainable urban mobility especially as pedestrians (member of the public group on Facebook “Moms+ in the Street”).

The second group consisted of representatives of the business world and more specifically of freelancers involved in retail trade, restaurants, tourism, online service provision, etc.

The third and last focus group consisted of representatives of institutional and planning authorities such as Mr. K. Gioutikas (Vice Governor for Development and Environment, Region of Central Macedonia), Mrs. N. Pantelidou (Deputy Mayor of Technical Services of Municipality of Kalamaria), Mr. K. Sotirakis (Deputy Mayor of Technical Services of Municipality of Kordelio – Evosmou), Mr. P. Karasavvidis (Federation of Freelancers and Merchants of Thessaloniki), Mr. Em. Vlachogiannis and K. Moraitidis (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Thessaloniki), Mr. S. Salem and Ms. If. Balabekou (Transport Authority of Thessaloniki), Mr. G. Voulgaroudis (Brainbox) and Mr. K. Kountouridis (RISE).

During the focus groups, many different opinions and viewpoints were recorded which will significantly contribute to the successful implementation of the objectives of the RESCUE project.