A few kilometers northeast of Athens center, the Municipality of Pallini in Attica consists of the municipal units of Pallini, Gerakas and Anthousa. It is built in a very central location between the mountains Hymettus and Penteli. In ancient times, at the location of Gerakas there was the Athenian Municipality of Gargettus of the Aegeis Attic race, according to the administrative division of Cleisthenes. Gargettus is the place of origin of the philosopher Epicurus.
In the area there was the magnificent temple of Athena Pallinis, whose foundations are visible on Androutsou street, while archeological findings in Stavros area witness widespread development from the 5th century BC until the Roman conquest.
Today Municipality of Pallini is a rapidly growing area of Attica as the eastern gateway of the Athens metropolitan area to the valley of Mesogeia. The building frenzy has left its architectural mark in the 2000s with the mostly uniform and harmonious structures that gradually filled the region.
Sporting and Cultural facilities in the Municipality of Pallini
The Athens Olympic Games of 2004 left a legacy of major transportation projects which made the region a privileged one and provided the stimulus for massive residential use of the land. Some road projects include Attiki Odos highway, the Hymettus Ring Road and the connection with Stations “Duchess of Placentia” and “Pallini” of the Metropolitan Railway (Metro) and the Suburban Railway.
The Municipality of Pallini has a great network of sporting and cultural facilities, managed with great success by the Sport-Culture-Environment Social Utility Company of the Municipality of Pallini. The elegant and functional Cultural Center of Gerakas is a real jewel for the region, where numerous musical, theatrical and other events take place. One of the top cultural events of the Municipality of Pallini is the annual Panhellenic Symposium of Epicurean philosophy, which is organized every year since 2011.
The Mayor of Pallini
The Mayor of Pallini Athanassios Zoutsos was born in 1959 in Rovies of Evia island. A graduate of the University of Athens Law School, he presented intense political and social activity since his freshman year participating in the students’ movement. He is a legal professional since 1984, a member of the Association of Athens Lawyers, and lawyer at the Supreme Court.
He resides in Gerakas since 1994, the year he was first elected at the Municipal Council. He participated in various committees of the Municipality from 1995 to 1998, and acted as President of the Municipal Council from 1999 to 2004. In 2005-2006 he served as Deputy Mayor of Gerakas. In 2006 he was elected Mayor of Gerakas. In 2010 he was elected Mayor of the new Municipality of Pallini that included the areas of Pallini, Gerakas and Anthousa. In 2014 he was re-elected Mayor of the Municipality of Pallini. Shortly after, he was elected to the new National Board of Mayors of Greece.
The work done under his guidance is extensive and includes technical infrastructure, social, cultural and sporting activities. In addition to the completed projects, many more are under way on a well thought out strategic plan that utilizes national and European resources, maintaining the Municipality of Pallini as one of the few cities nationwide that are financially sound and without debts even in the difficult recent crisis times and despite the tragic reductions in resources of local government. The execution of these important works place the Municipality of Pallini among cities of high environmental policy ratings, culture and social cohesion policies, with a rising quality of life.
In the difficult economic situation of Greece in recent years, the Mayor took additional and immediate relief initiatives for the support of needy citizens of Pallini. Examples are the permanent function of the Market Without Intermediaries “in order to spread a safety net for the constantly shrinking income”, the Social Grocery Store, the Social Pharmacy and the Social Tutorial School “for combating poverty and social exclusion for disadvantaged citizens”, as well as and the Time Bank “for the exchange of volunteers’ services in various fields” among other actions.
Regarding the annual National Symposium of Epicurean philosophy the Mayor has stated: “I think it is worth for someone to attend this conference, because he or she will obtain valuable information about a prudent lifestyle and a philosophical approach to reality, even to politics and public matters, since the theory of the great philosopher Epicurus speaks of the exercise of power that should only be done for the benefit of human happiness. Political power and administration should not be exercised without having people at its center and without aiming at human happiness”.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Mayor Athanassios Zoutsos was the one who not only contributed decisively to the success of the first Panhellenic Symposium of Epicurean philosophy, but also proposed the establishment of its annual venue at the place of origin of the humanist and enlightening philosopher Epicurus.