Lakatamia is an urban municipality situated in the central part of Cyprus (Nicosia district). It was founded in 1986. The town has a population of over 42,000 inhabitants and its economy is mainly based on the services and commerce sectors (large number of SMEs). Until the early decades of the 20th Century, Lakatamia was primarily an agricultural Community. During the 70’s there was a development in the processing sector and by the 90’s the Lakatamia artisanal zone is inaugurated with a booming crafts industry. Today in the 21st Century we are living in the services era with commerce, import and trading of goods constituting the main economic activity. Finally the financial crisis of 2008 has mainly hit the construction industry which was big in an increasingly populated Lakatamia. Lakatamia has recently employeed a European Programmes Desk Officer with 10 year long experience working with European projects, in areas such as social affairs culture, research, environment. Our Municipality is well known for its very active eco-schools, the annual folklore festival. It’s been two years the eco-festival has been established with success. Lakatamia is member to the Q-Cities network (http://www.q-citiesnet.eu/). We are interested in new partnerships with towns from all over Europe as well as participating in projects on the following themes: smart cities, accessibility, ageing populations, renewable energy and sport. All project ideas are welcome for consideration.
Possible themes for cooperation
Products: Olive Mills and olive based products, handicrafts, basketry
Points of interest: Three old city centres/squares dating from the beginning of the 20th Century, One pedestrian park/cycling route along the Pedhieos river starting from the capital and linking it with rural Deftera.