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We are pleased to announce that the 2nd plenary meeting of the NESTOR project took place on the 15th and 16th of June in Alexandroupolis, Greece and was hosted by the Project Management team from the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA) and the Hellenic Police. The consortium partners got the opportunity to get together for the first time since the beginning of the project and communicate ideas effectively and clearly.

The meeting involved all members of the project’s consortium including partners and end-users who each presented their work, achievements and plans for the coming months. Beginning with an introductory welcome from project coordinator Mrs Giannoula Chalvatzi from the Hellenic Police, this was followed by in-depth presentations from each partner on their progress providing an update on completed and ongoing work in various aspects of the project. Work package leaders also reported the status on tasks and deliverables as well as the next steps for the way ahead.

 

The second day of the meeting focused on the implementation of the pilots so it started with a visit at the Alexandroupolis Democritus Airport which is located near the Greek village of Apalos, 7 km east of the city of Alexandroupolis, in northeast Greece. Then a second stop was made at the Delta of Evros where Evros river meets the Thracian Sea and the environmental conditions of the area complicate the task of border surveillance. The consortium had the opportunity to see up close the Delta site infrastructure and the patrol boat with the sensors and all the network equipment! The meeting ended on June 16, 2022, and after all the fruitful exchanges of ideas among the partners next steps for coordinating upcoming activities were also set up.

These types of events are essential for developing team spirit among partners, as well as providing opportunities to develop long lasting friendships and professional collaboration, for this reason we give a big thank you to all the participants and especially to the NESTOR Project Management team from KEMEA and the NESTOR coordinator, Hellenic Police, for organizing this excellent meeting and giving us the opportunity to finally meet in person.

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